Hope you all are making it safely through this new storm.
Well, we’re back at the UFOHQ this Friday, 7p-10p. BYPotluck. Btw, mahalo to all who brought those healthy and tasty main dishes. BYOGear (music stands in particular we’re good on chairs), and always, enough Aloha to share with your ‘Ohana. Click here for Friday Images.
Click here for last Saturday’s images. Btw, Saturday Kanikapila is in Sonoma see below for details . . .
Click here for the Press Democrat article mentioned above.
After a day in Sonoma why not spend a Jurassic Evening in Fairfax with our Friends (or other Dinosaurs?) celebrating Cindy’s Significant Birthday. See below for details please RSVP if you will be attending . . .
I have some sad news from our ‘Ohana Members. Akua has summoned two of our Ukulele Pilots . . .
Please send your Aloha and Malama Ponos to UFOhana Member Sharon Searles who lost her husband, Stanley recently. That’s Sharon and Stanley below at Sleeping Lady.
Me ke Aloha Pumehana Sharon . . . our thoughts are with you.
And Gilles Arnoux . . . from the Petaluma Ukulele Group. Pictured below at one of our Friday Kanikapila of December 2010.
Bon ami adieu Gilles . . .
We are all so fortunate to have met you both along the way.
UkEkU Storms gives way to light,
‘Aina exhales a moist sigh,
Clouds dance in Blue Skies.
Well I decided to give my sciatica a break and not haul any music gear all over town. I think digging a 50′ trench, repairing fences, hauling sand bags and cleaning the living room and bedroom carpet has finally taken it’s toll on my back. So we’ll be gathering at UFO HQ this Friday, 7p-10p, BYPotLuck (a main dish or Salad), BYOGear (music stands, etc.) and Aloha of course. Saturday will be at the HQ as well 2p-4p, BYOBS (Beverage and Snacks).
Speaking of snacks or finger foods, I’d like to share the following from Brudda Wally (and Craig Scheiner) . . .
Mahalo Wally! Btw, how did you know??????
Click the two Cuties below for Saturday Kanikapila Images . . .
Click the I’na Kano’e Dancers below for the Friday Kanikapila . . .
Btw, Mahalo to the UFOhana for helping the Elks raise $1200 that night for the Veterans Support Groups. Mahalo to the Elk-ders for hosting us and allowing us to participate in this important event.
And for those of you that can’t get enough of “it” here’s a Kani that’s hosted by Kathy Quain at Bananas At Large on 4th Street . . .
Kathy also has other music events and teaches Ukulele as well. She can be reached at:
Just a quick note before the next storm arrives. We’ll be meeting at the Elks this Friday 7pm to 10pm-ish. BYOGear (book lights, music stands, etc.), a special fundraiser dinner will be available at a nomial cost . . . see below for details and rsvp before the 10th:
Join Us this Friday for our Annual Valentines Day Beef Stroganoff dinner. It’s Ann & Don Gregory’s recipe and the Elks chefs are preparing it this year.
February 10th at 6:30PM for our Annual Valentine Day Dinner & “Veteran Card Fundraiser”
…Chocolates and Roses
Help us send gift cards of thanks to our veterans going through rough times. VA Medical Social workers suggestion $20 Target and Safeway Cards for our veterans. If you are unable to join us for dinner please consider donating a gift card to our fundraiser. Drop off cards to the lodge secretary.
Please RSVP before February 10th
$15 Adult/$10 Kids
Dinner Menu: Garden Salad Bread Basket Sautéed Vegetables Beef Stroganoff Dessert click RSVP to reserve a dinner or call 415-453-1108
Mahalo to the Elks for hosting us . . .
Saturday Kanikapila will be held at the UFOHQ, assuming we haven’t floated away, 2p-4p. BYOB&S (Beverages and Snacks).
Click here for Images from Friday at Campbell Hall, Mahalo Rev. Chip for hosting us, and here for Saturday images.
On behalf of Linda and myself, Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that supported us during our time of need. We are forever indebted and truly blessed to have such a supportive ‘Ohana.
Ok, I need to make one more check of the Moat and ravine before my watch is over . . .
UkEkU Endless drops descend,
Life giving but at a price,
Waiting for the sun.
Linda’s Hana Hou Store is having a 50% OFF All CLOTHING GOODS Flood Sale! We will open the store at 1pm tomorrow and though we’re having our 2-4pm Kanikapila, please feel free to continue shopping through the Kani. Check out a few of the items below (models not included).
As some of you may know we suffered not one, but two floods this Winter. The first one, from the Outside, courtesy of Mother Nature and a recent one from a defective (toilet) water tank. As a result we’ve had to have the carpet in our Master Bedroom cleaned (again) and replaced both toilets (yes, the ‘Ohana toilet now flushes very well). To help offset the cost Linda is offering all her clothing goods at 50% off. So come and get all your Spring and Summer Aloha Attire at a great price!
It’s that time of the month folks, and once again Reverend Chip has graciously opened the Campbell Hall to the UFOhana. Mahalo Nui Chip! We are so blessed to have you as ‘Ohana . . .
Runtime will be 6:30pm to 9pm-ish. BYPotluck (main dishes please, a few desserts ok), BYOGear (book lights, music stands, etc.) and always, some extra Aloha to share. . . of course.
Saturday Kanikapila will be held at the UFOHQ, 2-4pm, BYOSB (Snacks and Beverages) if you need to and BYOMS (Music Stands).
Mahalo nui to those that participated in last week’s Kanikapila(s). Your Aloha and mana pono (caring spirit) was amazing. What a great comeback from “The Flood”. Click the image below for an Album of the Friday Re-Opening of the UFOHQ (aka Friday Kanikapila after the Flood).
Mahalo nui to all that participated in the PIKO fundraiser that made it possible for us to donate instruments like the Bass (and Ukuleles) to the schools of Marin.
Saturday we were off to the see the Wahine Na Mahina ‘oawa (Woman of the Valley of the Moon) . . . it was great being back in the Sonoma Valley Womans Club House. Mahalo nui to Dorothy and crew for hosting us and to Betty Ann and Hula Mai for sharing their Hula and Aloha with us. Click below for album. . .
Btw, we’ll be at the Elks next Friday stay tuned for more info. Below, a little something John found from an Elks Magazine. Seems we were not the first to play Ukuleles at the Elks . . .
Ok, that should do it for now. Take care and stay dry . . . I hear another storm is coming our way.
Uke-Ku a surging rhythm,
a dancer’s nod starts the dance,
a vessel of joy.
As you can see below our Moku (ship) has come in and is docked in our backyard lake, though the UFOHQ itself is high and dry (for now). We will be holding Friday Kanikapila here at the HQ, 7p-10p, POTLUCK (main, side dishes, light on dessert please). BYOGear and warm gear, I hear the temps will be dropping significantly at night. Plus our front yard meadow has turned into marshland, “beware the moors!” Please avoid walking through it. We may need to send a rescue team to pull you out of the muck. Mahalo Wa’li for the fabulous photo!
We actually had sort of had a ‘dry run’ for the HQ this past Saturday. Mahalo to those that helped us with the ‘test run’. Click here for images.
This Saturday we’ll be in Sonoma, check below for Details. This will be our 1st Kanikapila at the Sonoma Valley Womens Club! I understand there may be members of the local press there, so put on your best Aloha attire and bring extra Aloha to share . . . Mahalo to Hula Mai, Betty Ann and the SVWC Wahine for hosting us once again….
Also, please take note of Tucker’s Ukulele Worshop below:
Ten-nine-eight- seven- six- five- four- three- two- one Blast Off! JOIN THE FUN
WE HAVE FEW SPOTS LEFT AT THE 2ND MILL VALLEY NORTH BAY UKULELE WORKSHOP AND WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU SHARE OUR ADVENTURE.
Broaden your musical experience. Learn new strums and arpeggios. Stimulate the grey matter as discover new secrets about your ukulele. We’ll open the musical doors. All you have to do is step in.
OUR instructors hail from Santa Cruz, Waikiki, San Francisco and Marin County . Remember we were sold out last year.
Here are three simple ways to register for our Ukulele Workshop.
1. ON LINE: – mvprgoplay.org – put in Bar code 40473 – to register for the 9:00 a.m. classes fee is *$61 – put in Bar code 40470 to register for the 10:30 a.m. classes. $61
I know everyone has a life and may not be able to attend the entire six classes. Mill Valley has special attendance fees for those who can’t. Any single class – $30 – if there is room One day both classes – $5O if there is room
2. IN PERSON: Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday Simply go to the front desk of the Mill Valley Community Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley 94941 3. MAIL A CHECK TO: the Mill Valley Community Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley 94941 PLEASE MENTION UKULELE WORKSHOP – AND INCLUDE THE BAR CODES FOR THE SESSIONS YOU WANT TO ATTEND
I hope to see you there, mahalo, Contact Tuck for more information give me a call-415-461-4628
I think that’s all I got for now . . .
Uke-Ku Threads of relations,
Sewn through the hearts of many,
A fabric of friends.
Ok, maybe not Shark Sightings but more like Storm Sightings. We’re a little worried about everyone driving in the storm at night so we decided to cancel Friday Night. Plus I’ll be on storm watch that night. As you may remember we had a little flood situation with the last storm. We’ll see you guys Saturday instead at the UFO HQ, 2p – 4p. Mahalo Wali for the shark sightings. Btw, speaking of Sightings, please check out the “Aunty’s Lovely Hula Hands” trailer on this site. Wali’s working on a video documentary featuring Aunty Ku’uipo.
Mahalo nui to Gary, Pauline, Linda A, Mele Ana ‘E, Marion and Nohea for help with yesterday’s rain squall. The sandbags, pump and new trench did the trick!
Click below for last week’s Kani at the Elks . . .
Below, how Nohea and I spent our MLK Holiday . . .
UkEkU sun touches the earth,
angry gray skies greet the night,
cold breath on the wind
Hope you’ve all been keeping dry out there, we experienced a little flood at the UFO HQ but manage to keep our head above water . . . for now . . . more about that later.
So we’re at the Elks this Friday, at our usual runtime of 7p – 10p. An ono-licious dinner will be provided at a nominal charge. BYOGear, books lights etc and of course your Aloha and Mahalo to share with our favorite Elk Lodge and Elk-ders.
NO SATURDAY KANIKAPILA . . . we’re helping Hula Mai out at a special event this Saturday so you’re on your own. Be good now, be safe and stay dry . . .
Below a little bit about Linda and Del’s flood adventure:
So, on the night of the 10th we had a little band practice session with Hula Mai that ended around 8pm. Everything was fine and as expected they just made it out before the next rain squall. About 15 minutes later a knock cam on the door, “Someone must have forgot their Uke or something,” I thought. Instead there was a Fireman in full rain gear asking, “Is your house flooding?” I replied, “Uh, should it be?” He turn to face the street and sure enough we were beginning to flood! Holy Feces!
As it turns out they got a 911 call from my poor neighbor who already had about a foot of water running through their entire house. Below is the rising flood waters . . . I had moved the cars to higher ground and took the shot below on my way back into the house . . . where we spent the rest of the night moving gear to higher ground and bailing water from the patio out to the front yard. It seems the soccer field behind the house turned into a lake and overflowed the berm and overpowered the storm drains. So we were flooding from the back and the front of the house, “But what about that magnificent pump across the street,” I thought? As expected from the previous 3 floods we had, it was silent, nada, ma-kay-die-dead as we say in pidgin. I could see that the gate to the pump was open but nothing was running. I continued bailing water from our patio to the front yard when a Las Gallinas truck finally appeared. As I was emptying another 10 gallons of water in the pool out front I heard, “Excuse me, sorry to bother you, I know you’re probably busy with the flood in your house,” said the man in his new shiny yellow green rain gear, “but do you know what happened to the generator for our pump?” I couldn’t believe it, then something clicked in my head. “Someone came up in a truck and hauled that away about 2 months ago! I remember telling the guy that we might need it but he just drove away anyway,” I replied, trying not to be annoyed. No wonder the pump was silent! He also mentioned that the pump gate lock was actually cut, which would seem to imply that maybe it was stolen two months ago? Anyway, all I can say is that this is the 4th time the flood could have been avoided if only that damn pump had been running. Thankfully, Wonder Woman Linda went into Flight Attendant Emergency response training mode and she had done a whole site recon of our home and told me where the flood points were so I could ‘mitigate’ the water damage as they say in DPW speak . . .
As you can see above, Lake UFOhana has subsided that next morning, the night before that water was flowing into our patio straight into our amps and other gear. Gary had mentioned seeing ducks out there. However, thanks to Linda’s quick actions and a friend’s Super Power Shop VAC we managed to save the gear and suck and bail 10 gallons at a time out to the front yard, this went on almost all night long. Anyway, except for a soggy section in our bedroom carpet, we’re mostly dry. Thanks to all that offered assistance to us, we are grateful to you all . . .
On a lighter note . . . below are images from another Boring Christmas In Paradise, the annual decorations in front of Honolulu Hale, courtesy of my son, Lucas . . .
Well, at least it was sunny somewhere?
Click below for images from our first Kanikapila at the Campbell.
Click below for our Saturday Kanikapila at the Elks.
UkEkU tears from the heavens,
a reminder of our place,
a humbling moment.
Sadly, we lost another Hawaiian Pioneer . . . click below . . .
Happy New Year Everyone! Our first Kanikapila of the year will be held at the beautiful Campbell Hall this Friday. Mahalo Nui to Reverend Chip for opening the doors to us once again. What a great way to start the New Year. Run time is 6:30p to 9:30p. BYPotluck (a main dish or side is appreciated), BYOGear, and always, BYAloha.
This Saturday, we’ll be meeting at the Elks Lodge in San Rafael, dining room area for our Kanikapila. 2p – 4p. A plate lunch will be available for $10 for those that want to participate in the lunch hour. Oh, and BYOGear. Mahalo to the Elks for hosting us!
I want to send a major Mahalo Nui to those that helped make the Saturday gig at the California Academy of Sciences such a success. Click below for images, please feel free to upload to the online album if you have photos to contribute. Lily, our wrangler at the CAS, was quite impressed and hoped to see us again this year . . .
Btw, Tom Barr is missing a table top music stand from the CAS gig. Did anybody find one?
Click below for images of last Friday . . . the practice run for the CAS.
Above, Lynnette’s Ukulele Keiki from Lynwood Elementary School
UkEkU A measure of life,
Another boundary is crossed,
And we move through time.
Sorry if you received a partial post the first time around, clicked on the wrong button.
We’re meeting at the UFOHQ this Friday. Regular runtime of 7p – 10p. BYPotLuck (please bring something other than desserts this time around, we’re really putting on the lbs.) Of course, BYAloha. I’m flying solo this time as Nohea has come down with the dreaded Hula Girl Flu (seems to be mainly UFO Hula Maidens coming down with the malady), so I can sure us the help with Galley Duties and such, Mahalo in advance.
Saturday, the 31st, Kanikapila will be moved to the California Academy of Sciences. Yes, you heard right, we’ve been invited to play there. I have a limited number of seats available so please let me know if you’ll be attending.
We’re slated to play two 20 minute sessions. One at 12p and the other at 2pm. Admission is free, enter on the Nancy Pelosi Street side of the building, sign in at the desk. There will be designated parking reserved for those attending, parking is limited so please do car pool. I will provide a Flight Manual and they will provide lunch. Be there by 11am, bring a music stand, or share with someone attending. Please do wear Aloha attire, we want to brighten up the place. Click here to view the first CAS Away Team from 12/26/16. Mahalo to the Hula Mai and our own UFOhana Hula Hui girls for sharing their hula with us that day.
Mahalo to all that participated in our PJ Friday and Saturday events. It surely gave us the warm and fuzzies see all the colorful PJs. Congratulations to Will Chang for his Award Winning PJ of the Year! Click here to view the album. Mahalo, Joe Tate, for bring Jack Schuster (our Guatemalan Entomology Professor) by again. Always such a treat to have him share his Fiddle and Mandolin with us!
Ok, I think that’s all I have for now.
UkeKu A storm of colors,
Whirling reds, yellows and blues,
Dancers take the stage.