022615:Elks Kanikapila this Friday


Aloha All,

It’s that time of the month again, Fancy Dinner Night at the Elks . . . of course! Which means we’ll be strumming away at the Elks this Friday. Please be sure to RSVP for a dinner by Thursday if you will be dining with us, see the menu below, from Joe Tato, for details. Looks pretty good, even includes a bottle of Wine for a table of 8! Mahalo Joe and the Elk-ders for Hosting the UFOhana once again.
Monthly Elk Fancy Dinner
Dinner served in the Dining Room at 6:45
$30 per person

Reserve a table for 8 and enjoy a bottle of
French wine, compliments of the kitchen
Four Course Family Style Menu

Hors d’oeuvre: Charcuterie
Soup: French Cream of Artichoke
Main Entrees with sides: Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin
Dessert: Vanilla cream crepes with hot chocolate sauce

$10 Kid Option-Burger & Fries

Ukuleles in the Drake Bar after dinner

RSVP   with the secretary@elks1108.org or 415.454.8835

Btw, unless things change, we’ll probably be at Campbell Hall next week. We’re usually there the 1st Friday of the Month, we’ll need a bass player for that night. Anybody out there available?

Click below for an album of images from last week Friday . . .
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Also, I’ll be conducting a Kanikapila in Sonoma this Saturday, 2p -4p, at the Plaza Bistro.  Here’s a link to their website for directions and such:   http://theplazabistro.com/

However, there will be a UFOhana Flight Crew at the Sleeping Lady running the Kanikapila for that day. Mahalo Lynette, Ted, Elaine, Mike, Kimo  and to all of you for keeping the strumming going at The Lady!

Oh, if you’ll be joining us in Sonoma, we ask that you dress in Hawaiian Attire. Just to set the mood and to provide good Photo Ops for the Sonoma papers / news groups.

Below, click below for images from last week’s Sleeping Lady Experience . . .

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Btw, while having breakfast this past Sunday we spotted this (huge) beautiful bird, sitting atop an old juniper tree, from our kitchen window.  Anybody know what kind it is? Seems like it’s having ‘breakfast’ too…


. . . and speaking of Beautiful Birds, uh, Chicks, uh Babes  . . .  


This Sunday is He’e Nalu’s Canoe Blessing and membership drive. I know a few of you have paddled ‘In A Canoe’ a few times. Here’s your chance to see a whole flotilla up close and personal, maybe even take a ride in one. Plus if you haven’t had enough Uke-ing this past weekend, a small flight crew of the UFOhana will be there as well, so come an join in for the Kanikapila . . . Mahalo Nui to Napili Bob for the invite.

HNOCC Blessing schedule-cropped

Sun plays on water,
Diamonds of light beckon,
Wa’a lay in wait . . .  (Wa’a = Canoe)

Looks like were in for another busy weekend of fun! Hope to see you all sometime soon.

Aloha A Hui Hou,


021715: We’re at the Elks this Friday…

Aloooooha UFOhana!

Well, here we are staring down hump day (my apologies to any camels out there) . . . hope you’ve all been enjoy this untimely wonderful weather. But do remember to conserve water now, I have we’re in for a “hot one” come summer.

We’ll be at the Elks this Friday, in Da’ Bar. BYOGear (book lights and music stands), as usual an Ono-licious (pidgin for Yummy Food) dinner will be provided by Elks for a nominal fee, and as always, BYAloha to share with each other and the Elk members. Our Mahalos to the Elks (Joe, Tad, Sarah, Karin, Mike, Stuart, Dennis, Monica and the many others) for once again opening your doors to the UFOhana. Also, want to pass this fun fundraising event from Elks, happening this Saturday:


Starting 3:00 p.m.  to 10:00 p.m.
3:00 – 5:00 Games: Nintendo Wii bowling, jumpy house, crawfishing, bingo horse racing ($5 band for kids) Adult pay per game. Fun foods available
5:00 – 6:00 Cocktails (hurricanes, jello-shots & oysters) & Parade
6:00 – New Orleans Style Dinner & Auction
Menu – Low country salad, Catfish, Etouffe, Jambalaya and rice. Beignets & Coffee for dessert
Dinner – $30.00 per person/$10.00 kids 12 and under – kid watch available.
Auction Items include: B&B Stay, Golf Outing, Tunes on the Terrace VIP Package; Disc Golf Day for Four …. RSVP TO SECRETARY@ ELKS1108.ORG OR 415-454-8835

Sounds like fun and a great way to help support the Elks! I’ll be there taking photos, hope to see you folks there! Great place to grab a bite on your way home from “A Kanikapila” that day . . .

****ATTENTION ALL: UFOhana Pilot In Need of TLC ****

1-DSCN9661Please send your warmest Alohas and plenty of good mana to Ralph, Charlene, and of course Lulu. Ralph is currently recovering from heart surgery. That’s Ralph and Lulu on the left . . . Get well soon Ralph!

Malama pono!



Mahalo to Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau and to the UFOhana members that managed to attend last week’s Red & White Kanikapila. You all made it a very joyous and happy event. Nohea and I hope to share many more with you all. Click the collage below to view the album of images.

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As you can see from the album it was a night of great food, friends, hula and of course, music. Then we got to do it again at the Sleeping lady…. woof!

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It was the afternoon of the Harp Players (no less than three, we missed you Rick!) . . . and Kazoo-ers?

Btw, for those of you interested I will be holding an Ukulele Workshop March 8th, Sunday, 10a – 12p, at UFOHQ. Cost is $25, which includes a manual. We’ll go over some basic ukulele concepts, basic strumming techniques, tab basics, and riffs from some our our UFOhana favorites. Please RSVP with Kaleikoa@piko.ws if you’re interested.


Also, for those of you interested, Reverend Chip (our host at the Campbell Hall), is offering up this special event below. He’s also putting out a invitation to any Ukulele Players interested in performing  prior to the event that day. Please email me at Kaleikoa@piko.ws if you’re interested and I’ll put you in touch with Reverend Chip.


Ok, I think that’s all I have for now . . .

Though we all will pass,
And the wall of time runs wide,
All hearts join as one.

Hope to see you all this Friday at the Elks!



021215: Red & White Kanikapila at UFOHQ This FRiday!

Attention all UFOhana Pilots! If you haven’t heard already, we’ve changed the venue from the Elks to the UFOhana HQ this Friday. Dress theme is Red and White Hawaiian (or not), in honor of St. Valentine’s Day! Sooooooo, Cupid Draw back your Booowwww! Run time is from 7:30p till we all agreed we’ve had enough. BYKauKau (i.e. Pot Luck), BYMusic Stands, we should be ok with chairs but keep one in your trunk just in case (remember Murphy’s 5th Law . . . ), and of course BYAloha to share with your ‘Ohana.

On behalf of the UFOhana I want to extend a Mahalo Nui Loa to Reverend Chip for hosting us last week! Always a great time in that beautiful hall and Mahalo to Maggie for putting in the bottom! Click on the image below for an album of that night . . .

Btw, don’t forget to check out Wikio’s (aka Wali, aka Wally, aka, Wallace) ‘ao ‘ao na Wikio page for “everything ‘Ukulele”. Just look for it near the right corner of our blog just below the banner images.  He’s got a great article about 100 years of ‘Ukulele in San Francisco. Mahalo Nui Wikio for all you do for the UFOhana (and me). Great Article!

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Click on the following collage for more images from Sleeping Lady, sadly, this may be Bethany’s last Saturday with us . . .  Mahalo Bethany for taking should good care of us!

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Dark Clouds give to light,
Aka La smiles warmly down,
The Aina glows green.

Malama Pono!


020315: We’re at Campbell hall this friday

Aloha All,

We’re the beautiful Christ Church Campbell Hall this week. Here’s a link for directions: http://www.christchurchsausalito.net/location/ . Mahalo to Rev. Chip and Linda for hosting the UFOhana. Run time 6:30p – 9:30p, BYKaukau (i.e. Pot Luck), BYOGear (music stands and books lights), BYAloha (of course) to share with all.

Just to give everyone a head start  . . . Next week, Friday the 13th, Kanikapila will be held the UFO HQ (email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws for directions). The dress theme will be Hawaiian Red & White in honor of Valentines day. Runtime 7pm – till your too tired to play . . .  as usual BYKauKau (bring “Love Food”) of course remember Murphy’s 5th Law when it comes to bring gear, and be ready to share lots of Aloha . . .

So as some of you may know. Wally (aka Wikio) is developing a page on this blog. So please excuse our Construction Dust, bear with us while we test things out. Mahalo.

Meanwhile . . . here the images from last week, click the images to access the photo albums.

First, the Friday Kani . . .


and then onward to Wahine Moe Moe . . .

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We’re almost half way there . . . hang in there and have a great work week . . . I’m sure there is such a thing?

From a soft whisper,
To Words roaring off a page,
Brought to life with song.

See you folks this Friday!

Aloha A Hui Hou,



I am just getting up-to-speed on this new Blog page…so bear with me. I want to fill it with all kinds of Ukulele related info, tid-bits, videos, etc…. But i will need to become proficient with the blog tools! Thank You!

01.28.15: Kanikapila at UFO HQ this friday . . .

Aloha All,
It’s the 5th Friday of the month, which means we’ll be at UFOhana HQ this Friday. Run time is 7:00pm till whenever . . . BYKaukau (Bring something for Pot luck – like a main dish or healthy Salad), BYGear (We’re probably good for chairs and music stands but remember Murphy’s 5th law – bring it so you won’t need it), BYOBeverage and always BYAloha to share with your ‘Ohana. Email me at Kaleikoa@piko.ws if you need an address / directions to UFOHQ.

Here are the collage links to photos of last week’s Kanikapila at the Elks . . .

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Click the collage below for the Sleeping Lady Album for last Saturday . . .

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Btw, on February 28, we’ll be holding the first (hopefully to become a monthly) UFOhana Kanikapila at the Plaza Bistro in Sonoma. Here’s a link to their website: http://theplazabistro.com/ . Run time will be same as Sleeping Lady, 2pm – 4pm. Please do pass this onto your friends / Ohana up North and encourage them to come join us.  For those of you who can make it that far up North, there should be someone at the Sleeping Lady running the Kani in my absence. Below is a panoramic of the room we’ll be holding the event in. Btw, did I mention they have great food there too?


Once again, mahalo nui loa to all the well wishes and get well soons you folks have been passing onto Nohea and myself. This cold / flu is a stickler but nothing a exercising the lungs by attending a good Kanikapila!

Blended harmonies,
Synchronicity of dance,

Aloha A Hui Hou ka kou!


012115: we’re at the elks this Friday

Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana! Sorry for the late posting all, feeling just a little under the weather but I think I’ll survive.

We’re congregating that the Elks this Friday. Usual runtime time 7pm – 10pm. A dinner will be provided by the Elks for a nominal fee. BYOGear, BYOKaukau. and of course BYAloha to share with everyone. Mahalo to the Elkders for once again hosting the UFOhana.

Mahalo Nui Loa once again to all of you for participating in the Black and White Night at the Elks 2 Fridays prior. We’re so sorry we couldn’t make that one. So much so that we decided to have a White and Black night at UFOHQ. Click the collage below to link to the great photos from that night . . .

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Click below for Sleeping Lady images . . . . Welcome back to Bethany!

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Clouds cling to the earth,
Children of the sky embrace,
Kissed by morning light . . .

Ok, time for another round of cough medicine.

Take Care Everyone, Stay Well,


011415: “W & B” Kanikapila at UFO HQ This Friday!


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana!

Well Linda’s doing much better this week, nothing like a dose of Anti- B’s to improve ones outlook on the New Year. Not to mention make the bronchitis blues go away. Though we’re still grieving Romeo’s loss, it has been softened by all the well wishes and Aloha many of you have shared with us.  Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you . . .

So after seeing all the great outfits we missed from the B&W Hawaiian Formal Kanikapila last Friday we decided that this Friday we would have a “White and Black” (W&B) Hawaiian Formal here at UFOhana HQ.  Kind of backwards hana hou . . . or is that a hou hana? Anyway, we’d love to see you folks again in your great W&B Hawaiian Formals this Friday. Btw, if you need directions to the UFO HQ email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws and I send it your way. Our run times for this Friday are 7pm to till the last strummer falls. BYKauKau (bring a main Pot Luck Dish and/or dessert to share), BYAloha (always!) and we do have chairs and ‘some’ music stands. But in general, remember Murphy’s Law #5, “Bring it so you won’t need it . . . “ otherwise no worries, the UFOhana Universe shall provide. Btw, Linda’s been very busy redecorating the Lanai with a W&B theme. Gorgeous!

Below are the some images from the 9th, Mahalo to Elaine and Wikio for the great photos.

Hey . . . is that Mike at Times Squaaaa . . .  . no way! Has to be another Wikio original.


Click the collage below for photo album . . .


Click below for the Sleeping Lady Kanikapila Album . . . it was great seeing you all again! Good to see Stephanie actually scooting around.


That’s all we have for now . . . hope to see you folks sometime this week . . .

Peering in your heart,
His peaceful soul calms the storm,
One called Romeo . . .


Aloha ʻia Pōpoki Aloha Oe  . . .

Malama Pono All,


010715: B&W Hawaiian Formal at the elks . . .


Aloha All,
We’re at the Elks his Friday, 7p – 10p. In honor of the New Year we’re calling it a Black & White Hawaiian Formal Kanikapila. As you see below we’re asking you wear either Hawaiian or a Formal, just bling it with a little Hawaiian Flair (note Stephanie’s elegant white gown with Gardenias). I know that a couple of our Kane are coming in full Tux!

A Casual Dinner will be made available by the Elks: Big Jim’s BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and potato salad for $10.


Speaking of Stephanie, please send some healing thoughts and Aloha her way as she recovers from ankle surgery. Malama Pono Stephanie!


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Aloha A Hui Hou, Until Friday All!

A spinning blue globe,
Tracing Astral Lines in Space,
Another year past . . .

Hauoli La Hanau Nohea!




. . . sorry all, but Linda’s still not feeling very well so we’ve cancelled this Friday’s Kanikapila. We’ve rescheduled our Black and White / Formal Hawaiian to next Friday, Jan. 9th, at the Elks. I’ll see you folks this Saturday at the Sleeping Lady at the usual time. Much Aloha and Mahalo for being such a great (UF) ‘Ohana!

Hauoli Makahiki Hou e Malama Pono Kakou!


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