052516: Friday Kanikapila at UFOHQ, Saturday in Sonoma . . .


Aloha all,

It’s been a long week (again), so I’m keeping this one short.

Another hump day, another week coming to end and we’re sliding into another Friday Kanikapila at UFO HQ.  Run time 7-10pm, BYPotLuck, BYOGear, and the of course the Aloha Thang . . . Mahalo to all for a great last week Kanikapila!

Saturday we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. Run time 2-4pm. BYOGear, Refreshments will be available and $5 donations will be accepted at the door. Bring your friends and family!

ancient voices call,
moment of eternity,
‘auana begins . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,

“Oooh yeah . . . a little lower . . . right there”


051816: Kanikapila at UFO HQ this Friday and Saturday


Aloha All,

Another beautiful day comes to an end, bringing us closer to another Friday and Saturday of constant strumming. Friday, we start at our usual time of 7pm and end around 10ish. BYPotluck, BYOGear (mainly music stands) and of course BYAloha.

Mahalo nui loa to Maliona (Marion) for a fabulous last Friday and for sharing her beautiful Hale Na Maka with the UFOhana. Also to all the lovely Hula Sisters (and brothers) for sharing all their dances and to all of you that shared your Aloha. What a fun filled, unbelievable night it was. The songs wafted into the night, like jasmine on a cool breeze. Click below for an album of that night . . .

Last Friday Kanikapila

Saturday Kanikapila we were treated to an small but intimate version of Friday. We were supported by the Bass work of own (not so little) Mark and Kimo . . .

Last Saturday Kanikapila

Regarding our July 3rd performance at the County Fair. I have about 20+ people signed up so far. Please email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws if you’re interested in attending. I need to put in for tickets very soon.

Subtle nod and knowing glance,
A mele begins.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,

“Woa, that’s some good nip . . . gimme four brah!”


051116: We’re at Hale Na Maka this Friday . . .


Aloha UFOhana,

We’ll be at a special location this Friday to Celebrate all the May Babies Birthdays. Marion has offered her beautiful home in San Rafael to help celebrate this month’s (and her) Birthdays. I’ll be sending out an email blast with her address. Text me at 415-300-7804 or email me at Kaleikoa@piko.ws if you haven’t rec’d it.

But wait, there’s more! She’s also providing a dinner! Check out the fabulous menu and message below  . . .

Fried Chicken
Carolina Pulled Pork
Ham Biscuits
Corn bread

Mixed barbecued sausages
Black Pepper Beans (black-eyed peas and pinquitos)
Potato Salad
Green Salad
Cakes (caramel, coconut and tiramisu)
Fine with me if anyone brings anything else, particularly if they want healthy.  They should bring their own beverages and Music Stands.

Mahalo Nui Loa Marion for offering up your home and the all the fixin’s.

Saturday Kanikapila will be held at UFOHQ, run time 2p -4p. BYOBeverage, Music Stand and as always Aloha to share with each other . . .

So here we are in May and July is on the Horizon. As I had mentioned we’ve been invited to perform at the Marin County Fair on July 3rd. Details will be forthcoming but I’d like to get a head count soon, please email me if you will be attending as they will be providing entry tickets and will be limited.

Last week we celebrated (pre) Mother’s Day at the Elks. Click below for album. Btw, the Holo Holo Ka’a Kane’s are looking pretty good!

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The night before, Friday, we gathered at the Campbell Hall. Below . . .

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Mahalo Reverend Chip for hosting us once again and see you next month!

Ok, time to hit the elliptical!

Tassels of Grass sway,
Currents of air flow gently,
Cool skin in moonlight.

Aloha A Hui Hou,


050416: We’re At the Campbell Hall this Friday


Aloha all,

We’re at the Campbell Hall this Friday, Mahalo Nui Loa to Rev. Chip for hosting us this Friday. We’ll be there 6:30p to 9:30p. BYOKaukau (Potluck), BYOGear (music stands and book lights) and BYAloha to share with Chip and ‘Ohana.

This Saturday we’ll be hosted by the Elks of San Rafael. Runtime 2p-4-p.

Btw. please take note of the following from Joe Tato, who has opened it up to our UFOhana Members and Mothers interested in attending the Elks MD Brunch:

SATURDAY MAY 7th, 12p on . . . 

Come and enjoy family, friends and make new acquaintances !
Mother’s Day Kick-off weekend luncheon

RSVP Required: Thursday, May 5th

Mother’s will enjoy a complimentary lunch
children 10 and under $5
children 11 and over & adults $15.

TIME: noon – 4 pm
Location: Magnolia Terrace, weather permitting; otherwise, lunch will be served in the Grand Ballroom
Live Hawaiian Entertainment will be provided
GAMES & PRIZES for all Mother’s

* There will be a special Trunk Show of Wedding dresses, formal wear and jewelry from 2:00- 6:00 PM at the lodge. Sounds like fun!


Click below for this past Friday’s Kanikapila at the Elks Lodge:

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Click below for images of the the Amazing May Pole/Hoop Kanikapila at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club this past Saturday:

1-043016 SVWC Kanikapila

Blue sky etched by winds,
A new Sun paints the gray earth,
Life faces the day.

Aloha A Hui Hou!





“Wake Up Sleepy Heads!”


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 . . .

1-040816 Elks Kanikapila

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!

1-040116 UFOHQ Kanikapila

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

1-040216 Saturday Kanikapila

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.

1-032516 UFOHQ Kanikapila

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”


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