042816: Elks this Friday and Sonoma on Saturday!


Aloha All,

It’s been a busy week. Sorry for the late posting.

The San Rafael Elks will be hosting us at their lodge this Friday, 7p-10p, a Local Hawaiian Style Dinner will be provided for a nominal fee (Joe’s shooting for 6:30 Dinner Bell). Mahalo Nui to the Elk-ders for hosting the UFOhana once again.

Saturday Kanikapila will be held at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 2p – 4p, they’re asking for $5 donation at the door to help keep the Club open. I understand that there may be a May Pole to commemorate May Day Is Lei Day in Hawai’i.  BYOGear, chairs will be provided.

Below images from Last Friday . . . click to access the on line album . . . that’s Nohea below out on ML for the night . . . mahalo Pauline and the UFO Wahine Pilots for helping out in her absence.1-042216-Friday-Kanikapila.jpg

Below Saturday Images . . .


Below, images from the Contra Costa Culinary Festival


SqL, (Ro)Berta and Mary


The Cyr Family in a Line Dance


The Contra Costa Dance Class waltz the Morning Away

IMG_6505 Pickles Cartoon

A Uke Sighting from Linda Albion . . . Mahalo!


“Baritone Uke for sale. Like new. “Coast” brand from the 60’s. Gibson hard case included. Newly restrung. Make offer.”
Contact Susan Scott at 415-924-0852. or email sscott2@hotmail.com.

. . . and finally from Claudia Vasquez . . .

Hi Del,

This is well worth attending! It is a fun group activity to hang out at Fishermans wharf for chowder and then sing about the sailing. There is a whaling chants about Maui and Hawaii too .

Begin forwarded message:
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 11:35 AM, Kasin, Peter <peter_kasin@nps.gov> wrote:

Greetings from Hyde Street Pier –
The next chantey sing aboard the ferryboat EUREKA will be on Saturday, May 7, 8pm to midnight. Enter any time after 7:30pm. Free admission, reservations required. To reserve, please either reply by email, or call 415-561-7171, leaving your name and the total number of people in your party. Your last name will go on the reservation list, which will be held at the Hyde Street Pier front gate.

Fair winds,

Peter Kasin
Park Ranger, Interpretation Division
San Francisco Maritime NHP
2 Marina Blvd.
Fort Mason Center, Bldg. E, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Ok, that’s it for now, see you folks tomorrow!

Endless beating hearts,
Circles of infinite joy,
The Music of Life.



“Wait for it . . . wait for it . . . you have to act like you don’t care”




Aloha UFOhana,

We’re almost there Uke Pilots! Just over the mid-week hump and sliding into another Ukulele Weekend. Starting with Friday Night. We’ll be running 7p-10p. BYOPotLuck, BYOGear (Music Stands and Chairs just incase) . . . oh, and you know that ‘thing’, the one that starts with an A, is Low in the middle and ends with a HA! Wink, Wink!

Saturday Kanikapila will be held at UFO HQ as well 2p-4p. BYOBeverages and Snacks if you like.

Speaking of that ‘thing’, here’s something I’d like to share from Brudda Napili Bob while he was in vacation in Honolulu a while back. There are elements from this message that resonate with who we, the UFOhana, are. Mahalo to Napili Bob for sharing this with us:
From: Bob Dreher [
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:17 AM
Subject: RE: an old post 3 yrs ago

Let’s try this again…


Yesterday, I was fortunate to race with the IMUA ‘One Blade’ Canoe Club in a 6.5-7mi race on some big ocean swells along the Honolulu waterfront. Lots of water in the canoe…heavy bailing. Incredible steersman!!! What a rush!!! This group made me feel like I have known them and been friends all my life…

After the race and lunch, I was invited to participate in a very emotional ceremony where 4 canoes paddled out with the ashes of 68 people who bodies were donated to Univ of Hawaii medical school. The families were lined up on the jetty as a bag piper played “Ma ke Aloha” which we joined in singing as we paddled by…one of the deceased was a former motorcycle cop…there were 10 motor cops that tweeted their lights and sirens as we went by saying goodbye to their brother.

We then got in a circle and scattered the ashes in the water, followed by the laying of hundreds of flowers into the circle…then we raised our paddles, sang “Ho’onani” or the ‘Doxology’, did a Hawaiian chant and paddled in a circle two times…then we lined up side by side and as we reached the end of the jetty on the way back into the canal we sang “Aloha Oe” with the families for their loved ones.

It was an overwhelmingly emotional experience. (I have tears running down my cheeks as I am writing this!!)

The true ‘spirit of aloha’ was flowing everywhere! All in all, my first day is going to be hard to beat!!

A hui hou kakou,


What a way to start a vacation huh?

Below, last week’s images . . . right click collage and select display in New Tab for Album access (sorry for the extra steps, the blog site is having problems) . . . We were joined by the Sonoma Hula Babes, treated to a hula by the Kane Hula Hui,  and a new Hula,  by Kilani to Hawai’i 78 and met a neighbor and her daughter. Not a bad start to a weekend?

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Then for the first time, we held Saturday Kanikapila at the Elks Lodge! Very Nice as you can see below. Mahalo to the Elks for hosting this Saturday. Btw, Welcome Back Pauline!

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Wisps of angel’s hair,
Azure skies glowing with warmth,
A gift of the Day.

Aloha A Hui Hou,

“Here Comes The Sun . . . Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow!”




Aloha Ukulele Pilots!

Well here we are in the middle of the week and looking towards another Ukulele Filled Weekend. Starting with this Friday, we’ll be turning on the UFO HQ landing lights for all Ukulele Pilots looking for safe harbor. It’s BYOKūpuʻu (BYOPotluck), BYOGear (music stand and maybe a chair), and always, BYAloha to share with your ‘Ohana. Run time is 7pm – 10pm.

We were hosted last Friday by the Elks of San Rafael, we even had a few friends from our Sleeping Lady Days celebrate their Keiki’s Birthday (that’s Kate below with the candles) and their son Theo, in the Red Shirt, dancing to the jam.  Mahalo to the Elk-ders for being such great hosts!

Speaking of which this Saturday we will be meeting at .  .  .  .  .  .  for the first time on a Saturday, The Elks! Same run time 2p – 4p, drinks will be available at the Bar, but do feel free to bring your own mid-afternoon snack foods. Please feel free pass the word on to your friends and family. Help us make this a fun first Saturday at the Elks, who knows it may become our next “Sleeping Lady” . . . one can dream . . .

Click the collages below to access the online Albums . . .

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And speaking of ‘firsts’ click below for more images of our ‘first’ Kanikapila at the Novato Trader Joe’s. We were even joined but some of our Fountain of Ukes ‘Ohana, TJ even provided free Hot Dogs and Tacos for ‘everyone’! Mahalo Nui Loa to Brudda Paul for arranging the event and to TJ’s Novato for welcoming us on their 10 Anniversary? Mahalo to all who braved the weather to make TJ Kanikapila such a fun one.


Speaking of fun . . . Just Where is Pauline? Why, she on her way ‘home’, click below to view her last Tricorder Scans from her Liverpool away mission. Mahalo Pauline for the Fabulous Uke Sighting Pauline! Btw, when accessing her photos online take note of the “Photo Locations” map in the lower right corner of the window. Clicking on the markers on the pictures will take you to the actual location the photos were taken, you even have the option of going to Satellite View and take a virtual tour of where she’s been . . . cool huh? You might even find out what the . . .


Another Day ends,
Long Shadows claw the landscape,
Sunset bleeds the night.

Aloha till Friday,

“Open the pod bay door HAL . . .  My God, it’s full of Slippas . . .”


040616: We’re At The Elks this Friday!


Aloha all,

It’s that time of the month, 2nd Friday, which means we’ll be Strumming, Humming, Singing and Hula-ing(?) at the Elks. Run time is from 7pm – 10pm.  See below for menu that night. Hey, doesn’t Kimo have that same Aloha Shirt?

                               Friday Night Dinner at The Elks Lodge

                                                       “So, do you strum here often?”


$12 per person
RSVP not required, food will be served from 7pm until it’s gone
Kalua Pig & Cabbage, and Huli Huli Chicken

Speaking of Fridays, last Friday we were graced by Hulas from Kumu Lynn and Kumu Roselle!

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Saturday we Kanikapila at the UFO HQ and practice for our Kane Hula . . . yes, that is Mark blowing the Conch . . .

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This Saturday we’ll be meeting at the Novato Trader Joe’s for our 2p – 4p Kanikapila. It’s outdoors so be ready for some sun, heat, winds, etc. BYOGear! BYOWater, you know the drill. TJ’s address: Trader Joe’s, 7514 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945. Hope to see you there and mahalo to Brudda Paul for arranging this UFOhana away mission.

And speaking of Away Missions, remember Pauline? Just where is Pauline, click below to see . . .


Solo flights in time,
A gathering of like souls,
The many of one.

Aloha A Hui Hou UFOhana!

“Del! Move your head! I can’t see Animal Planet!


033016: Kanikapila @ UFOHq This Friday


Aloha Everyone,

We are meeting at Hangar 1585 this Friday (aka UFOHQ), run time 7pm – 10pm. BYPotLuck, BYOGear and BYGoodVibes (aka Aloha) to share with everyone. Mahalo Nui Loa in advance to Fred Riley who’ll be the Bass Commander for that night.  Check out the album below, the Kane are practicing Holo Holo Ka’a for a possible public perform in JULY! Mahalo Charlotte for passing this Hula onto our UFOhana.

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We spent Saturday at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club singing and dancing the afternoon away. Click below to view the album. Beautiful photos courtesy of Brudda Craig. Mahalo to Hula Mai, Betty Ann Bruno and the Women of Da Valley for sharing your Aloha and beautiful venue.  Mahalo to Brudda Ted, Wikio, Joe and Sista Mary for making Da Band Sing, you all make the Kani in the Pila!

This Saturday we’ll be back at Hangar 1585 (aka UFOHQ), 2pm – 4pm.

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One of our UFOhana Pilots, Pauline, is current on an Away Mission to her hometown of Liverpool. I asked her to send us photos of her and her Ukulele at various locations while back home. Click below to access the album which I’ll be be updating as her photo reports arrive. She’s beaming us Tricorder Scans (photos) with GPS Coordinates (imbedded in the photos) which Picasa will display in a map (right side) while viewing the online images (provided you’ve logged into your own Google Account). There’s also an option to view the Album in Google Earth which will allow you to tour (virtually) where she’s been . . . Beam Me Up Scotty! Have a great time Pauline but don’t forget to come back now!


I think that’s all I have for now. See you folks this week(end)!

Time erodes us all,
Spirals into Forever,
Memories Remain.

Aloha Y’all,
                                “Meow Wuv you This much”


032216: This Friday Kanikapila (#1149) at UFO HQ


Aloha UFOhana,

We’re back at the UFO HQ this Friday, 7p-10p, BYPotluck (ponoʻai), BYOGear (music stands, maybe a folding chair) and always, BYAloha (to share with your ‘Ohana). Mahalo to the  Pilots from last Friday and Saturday for making the Kanikapila so much Leʻaleʻa (fun) and ʻono loa (very delicious)!

Saturday Kanikapila will be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 2p-4p, BYOGear (Music Stands), BYD (Bring Your Donation of $5 for the Woman’s Club to help keep the doors open), and of course, BYAloha, you all know what that’s for. Mahalo once again to Betty Ann Bruno, her Halau, Hula Mai and the SVWC for hosting us at their wonderful venue. and for making Sonoma second home for the UFOhana Ukulele Pilots.

Btw, I found out last night that we have a slot, July 3rd, 2p-2:45p, at the County Fair!!!!!!! Yikes! Mahalo to Gabriella, Marion and Charlie for inviting us back! The Fair Theme this year is “What A Ride”, celebrating 75 Years of innovative County Fairs. Hmmm, I think we have a few “Riding” Songs we can feature at this event, Mustang Sally, Holo Holo Ka’a (say isn’t this a Kane Hula?), just to name a few . . .  stay tuned for more!

Below, images from last Friday . . .

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Below, images from last Saturday . . .

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Below, Remember Uncle George, from our Sleeping Lady Days?

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Uncle George as we remember him . . . a fabulous musician with a gentle soul . . .
Aloha Oe Uncle George . . .

Clouds dance in the sky,
Birds punctuate wind’s rhythm,
Nature’s Symphony.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,

“Hey, I can see my litter box from here!”


031716: Kanikapila at UFOHQ This Friday and Saturday


Aloha UFOhana,

Hope this finds you well. We’re at the UFOHQ this Friday 7pm – 10pm, BYOPotLuck,  don’t forget we’re still in celebrating St. Patricks Day mode,  just in case BYOGear and of course, BYAloha. Saturday Kanikapila will be held at UFOHQ as well, 2pm – 4pm. Email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws if you need directions to HQ.

Before we move onto other business, I have a little bit of bad news to share. Nohea just alerted me to the loss of one our Senior UFOhana Pilots, Cyril Richard “Dick” Daunt, who passed away March 7 from an aggressive cancer. Dick frequented our Saturday events . . . he first discovered us at the Sleeping Lady Café. Click image below for his Obituary. Please send your Aloha and good mana to Dick’s family . . . Aloha oe Likeke . . . ‘Ole Lani A Hui Hou , , ,



I want to send a big Mahalo Nui Loa to Betty Ann Bruno and members of her Halau (who drove all the way from the Island of Sonoma), Kumu Lynn Roth and her Halau, and group of intrepid members of the UFOhana that braved the weather this Sunday. Thanks to you all and 101 Sports, we were able to help with the Blessing of He’e Nalu Canoes. Images from that event below, click collage for album . . .

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The Saturday Kanikapila before (see below) was a little drier and warmer . . . Btw, Brudda Ted, can you play bass this Saturday?

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Last Friday we celebrated our 16th Year (1,144th) Kanikapila at the Elks! Even Aunty Ku’uipo (97 years young) was there to celebrate with us.

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Sunset claws sky red,
Dark silence heals the landscape,
Indigo night falls . . .

Hope to see you this Weekend!

Malama Pono,
“Life is even better when you have a lap to lay on . . . “


030816: Kanikapila #1144 this Friday at the elks!


Aloha UFOhana,

We’ll be holding Kanikapila and celebrating our 16th Anniversary at the Elks this Friday, 7p – 10p, Joe Tato says there’ll be a dinner provided for a nominal fee, no menu just yet but as usual it’ll be ono-licious. Mahalo Joe and the Elks for hosting the UFOhana once again.

Now 16 years may not sound like much. But consider that we’ve had a kanikapila almost every week for the last 16 years, add to that the Saturday Kanikapila we’ve start having for the last 5 years, that adds up to One Thousand One Hundred and Forty Four kanikapila in the last 16 years!  Yes,1144, give or take a few vacations and extra events, besides it’s kind of a nice semi-symmetrical number. I found a few others celebrating their Birthdays this Friday: Lawrence Welk,  Bobby McFerrin, Jessie Jackson, Jr. , so I guess you could say we’re in good company?

Here’s what went on last Friday at the UFO HQ . . .  (click collage for album) . . .

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Last Saturday we met at UFO HQ. . . Aunty Ku’uipo flew up from Southern CAL and graced us with her wonderful Hula. We also had guests (Fran and Jim) from Oregon and beyond.

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This Saturday’s Kanikapila will be held at the UFO HQ. Usual time 2p-4p.

Btw, if you have time before Saturday Kanikapila, or driving in from Petaluma and beyond, Brudda Ted might be needing some help at their Lokahi Canoe Blessing at the Petaluma Marina. I think they’re starting around 11am. Drop by if you have time strum few with Brudda Ted and help wish Lokahi a great season.

Since we’re on the topic of Canoe Blessings. . . 

Sunday we’ll be at the He’e Nalu Canoe Blessing.  Yes, we’ve been ask to participate in He’e Nalu’s Canoe Blessing Sunday March 13th. I believe they’ll be starting around 9:30-10am at 101 Sports in San Rafael, just across from San Rafael High, so come on down. Bring a little Kau Kau to share and some Aloha to wish He’e Nalu (of which Brudda Napli Bob is a member) a great season. Kumu Lynn Roth will be performing the Blessing and Betty Ann Bruno and members of her Halau, Hula Mai, will be celebrating right along with us. Again, this is all weather permitting . . .

For those of you interested in a great mouthwatering St. Patty’s Day Dinner:

                                                 Mouthwatering . . . is right! Details below . . .

San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108
Saturday, March 12th
$17 Adults / $10 Kids under 12
Bar Opens at 5pm
McBride Irish Dancers perform at 6pm
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at 7pm
RSVP’s by Thursday, March 10th
Please RSVP before Thursday noon deadline
rsvp@elks1108.org or (415) 453-1108

Btw, for those of you interested, click below for some great shots of the Willie K Concert at Marin Center. Congratulations to Lynnette and the Lynwood Elementary Ukulele Academy for a great performance with Willie. Your kids rocked it! Mahalo nui loa to Gabriella and Marion for make it all possible. Mahalo Susan for giving us seats to watch from!


Notes floating gently,
Ethereal melodies,
Na Mele Keiki.

Aloha Hui Hou,
“3 letters across, covered with fur,  rhymes with Bat? Hmmm”


030216: Saturday Canoe Blessing Canceled . . .


Aloha All,

The Canoe Blessing for Lokahi has been canceled due to strong possibility of rain. But, if you’re not busy that evening about about joining us at the following?

Willie K

This is the event where Lynnette’s Lynwood Elementary Ukulele Academy will be opening and playing with Willie K! I believe she’ll have a big group there and our own little Mark, will be playing bass. Willie K is perhaps Hawaii’s most versatile performer. It’s going to a fabulous concert so why not come down and show our Keiki and the Marin Center support for putting on these kind of ‘Community Oriented’ events. Mahalo to Marion Boyd for arranging this, another first for Marin County and Hawaiian Performing Artists.

Btw, we’ve been ask to participate in He’e Nalu’s Canoe Blessing Sunday March 13th. I believe they’ll be starting around 9:30-10am at 101 Sports in San Rafael, just across from San Rafael High, so come on down. Bring a little Kau Kau to share and some Aloha to wish He’e Nalu (of which Brudda Napli Bob is a member) a great season. Kumu Lynn Roth will be performing the Blessing and Betty Ann Bruno and members of her Halau will be celebrating right along with us.

Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that have support these and other Local “Hawaiian ‘Kine” events in our community. Btw, did I mention that we will be Celebrating the UFOhana’s 16th year Anniversary next week Friday, the 11th? We’ll be at the Elks that day, please do come by and sing a mele with us, help us celebrate 16 years of Kanikapila Marin County UFOhana Style!

Stay Dry and Safe,


030116: Friday We’re at UFO HQ . . .


Aloha All,

We’re at the UFO HQ this Friday again, 7p – 10p, BYKaukau (Pot Luck), BYOGear (music stands, emergency seating device, etc.), BYLotsaAloha to share with your ‘Ohana. Mahalo everyone for making last Friday such a fun and aloha filled night. Mahalo to Maggie for helping us out with her wonderful Bass work and for hauling her beautiful waiolina kū nui (Big Fiddle) all the way out to UFO HQ. Click collage below for images from last Friday’s Kanikapila . . .

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Then the next day it was onward to the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club Luau Fund Raiser / Kanikapila. It was long day but lots of Aloha, Ono Kau Kau and Fun for all. Not to mention a successful Fund Raiser for the SVWC,  Mahalo to Hula Mai for allowing the UFOhana to participate in this worthy event and to the SVWC for hosting the UFOhana.

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This Saturday the UFOhana has been invited to play 12p-1p at the event below, weather permitting (90% rain has been predicted). If there’s rain all pilots are grounded for this event.  However, we will be meeting at UFO HQ at our regular Saturday run time  2p-4p. So far, we’ve got Wally, Ted and myself attending, come join us if you can.

Lokahi Blessing of the Canoes 2016

Shining faces glow,
Smiles challenges the noon sun,
Hula brings the joy.

Have a great week everyone, see you all soon!

Aloha A Hui Hou,
                                                                                                                                                                    “Man this Cat Yoga stuff is tough!”


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