041818: We’re at the UFOHQ this Friday & Saturday!


Aloha Ahi Ahi Ka Kou,

Hope you’re all recovering the the dreaded Inkumus-Taxitis syndrome. Just barely made the deadline this year due to IRS server crashes, thankfully Nohea rescued me from another round of late fees. I was thinking the crashes were probably the Russki’s stealing our info . . . again! If only they would pay my bills too . . . oh well, one more year’s club membership paid to Trumpland.

So this Friday we get to cruise at the UFOHQ. Meeting at our usual time of 7pm-10pm, BYOPotLuck  for ʻAina ahiahi (Dinner), BYOMusicGear, and BYExtraAloha ‘cuz we can all use some right now!

Especially Kaua’i, yes that is Bison on the beach, a survivor of the big storm that blew through the islands, damaging homes, closing down roads, etc. Last time Iniki blew through it was Chickens that got set free! What’s next?

Click the image to view the news article . . .

Home, Home on da beach, where the Bison and Chicken play?

After seeing all the destruction one has to ask, “Where is the Federal Government?” Oh yeah, Hawaii’s a Sanctuary State . . .  anyway, it seems the Aloha Spirit has kicked in and total strangers are lending their Kōkua, please send your good thoughts and mana out their way . . .

Saturday we are also gathering at the UFOHQ, 2p-4p. BYOB&S (Beverage & Snacks), BYOGear, etc.

Please text me at 4153007804 to RSVP or for directions to the UFOHQ.

Mahalo to all that made last week’s Saturday Kanikapila such a fun one. I believe it was the Bestest Mista Sancho Lee role playing yet. Melann played a VERY convincing Ms. Momi Lomi Lomi, definitely “Got Pleaty Experience!”

We even had Mista Elvis Kamakawiwo’ole Bailey pay us a visit . . . “ova da Rainbow, there’s fried peanut butta papaya sandwiches . . . Some wea!”

Click above for album . . . Mahalo, Mahalo very muuuch!

the last cord is cut,
drifting onward to the light,
an ocean of thoughts . . .

we spok-u-bam-bye!


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041018: We’re at the Elks Lodge this Friday and UFOHQ Saturday . . .


Aloha Everyone,

Second Friday of the Month coming up this week, which means we’ll be meeting at the Elks this Friday. Start time 7:30pm (a little later because we’ll be on the heels of an Elks Event), End Time 9:30pm-ish. I understand that Joe and his Kaukau Krew will be providing a local ‘kine dinner that night as well. Mahalo to Joe and the Elks for once again, being such gracious hosts. Mahalo to Reverend Chip for hosting us last Friday.

Click above for last week Friday’s Kanikapila images

“Mr. Concepcion . . . got plenty Fighting Chicken . . . but he no gives to me . . . an’ he’s just one mean old Pilipino m-a-a-annnnnn!”

bok . . . bok . . . bok . . . pa kaaaak! Click me for Saturday kanikapila album!

This Saturday we’re gathering at the UFOHQ at our usually flight time of 2p-4p. BYOBS (beverages and snacks), BYOUkulele (yeah, it does happen sometimes) and BYAloha to share with your fellow Ukulele Pilots.

On a sad note, please send your heartfelt Aloha and healing Mana to Robin, Joe and their ‘Ohana. Frank Sembenini, Robin’s Father, passed on a couple weeks while ago. That’s Frank below with Robin at one of our Elks Kanikapila.

I’m told that Uncle Sembenini served in Hawaii during the war, fell in love with a local girl and never left until he passed on at 94 years old. Loved music and jamming with the Keiki at the Local Park. Mahalo Robin for sharing your father with us, we are so honored to have known him.

We’ll miss you Uncle Frank . . . Me Ke Aloha Pumehana, Aloha Oe.

Robin with her father Frank Sembenini

light and wind dances,
a warm memory of love,
never forgotten.

Malama Pono everyone. Hope to you all at the end of the week sometime!

Woa, those are some beeeeg paws!

Aloha Nui Loa,
-=SqL+No(koff, koff)hea+Jake=-



040218: Kanikapila at Campbell Hall this Friday


Aloha Ahi Ahi Ka Kou,

Hope you all had a great Holiday. It’s the the first Friday in April everyone which means we’re meeting at the beautiful Campbell Hall in Sausalito, 6:30p – 9:00p. Please bring a dish to share with your ‘Ohana if you’re joining us for dinner, BYMusicGear (stands, book lights, etc.) and as much Aloha you can spare. Mahalo to Reverend Chip for hosting us once again.

Here are images from last Friday’s Kanikapila. Mahalo Donna for the great photos!

Click above for online album.

Saturday Kanikapila will held at the UFOHQ at our usual time of 2p-4p. BYOS&B (Snacks and Beverages). Please text me at 4153007804@marincounty.org to RSVP for either Friday or Saturday.

Click above for online album.

Mahalo to Faith Ako, the Elks, Magic Flute and to all that made the Elks Ukulele Fundraiser such a great success this last Thursday. Congratulations to Charlotte and her crew for a job well done!

Click above for online album.

eyes wander skyward,
soft blue skies etched by swift clouds,
a first star winks down.

See you folks this weekend!


Jake, Jake Bond . . . shaken, not purrred . . .


032818: Kanikapila Friday & Saturday @ UFOHQ


Aloha Ahi Ahi Ka Kou,

We’re meeting at UFOHQ this Friday, 7pm-10pm and Saturday 2p-4p, our usual gathering times. Friday, BYOPotLuck, something yummy to share with your Ohana, BYOMusicStands and of course, BYAloha to share as well. Saturday BYOBS (beverage and snack) if you like. Please text me at 4153007804 if you want to RSVP a seat.

I’d also like to remind you all of the following Fundraising event tomorrow evening. Be sure to bring your ukulele, music stands and UFOhana GIG BOOK for the Kanikapila with Faith Ako at the end! Please come out and help support this worthy cause.

Mahalo Nui Loa to all that helped celebrate our 18th Year of Kanikapila last Friday. To Gary and Charlotte’s Cake Hui and the  Ohana. Thank you for making it such a special night for Nohea and myself. We are truly blessed to have such a caring Ohana filled with so much Aloha. Mahalo Me Ke Aloha Pumehana.

Click above for online Photo Album. Hey! Is that Desert Bob?????

Saturday we got share the Cakes with our Sonoma Ohana. Mahalo to Craig and Nohea for the great photos!

Click above for online album.

bright glowing faces,
an ocean of Ohana,
happiness afloat.

Malama Pono Ka Kou,

I’m baaaack . . . hello?


032018: UFOHQ this Friday and Sonoma Saturday . . .


Aloha All,

Sorry for the short email last week. I was very busy with Computer Repairs and “other stuff”. I got everything up and running so we’re good to go for this week.

We’ll be at UFOHQ this Friday, 7pm -10pm, BYPotLuck, BYOMusic Stands, and of course BYAloha. Last week Friday was our 18th Year of Friday Night Kanikapilas, which I forgot to mention because I was so distracted, so I’m thinking we’ll celebrate our 18th Anniversary this Friday (Hana Hou)! Text me at 4153007804 to RSVP a seat, be sure to identify yourself in the text. Doors open at 6:45pm.

I did some calculations adding up the Friday (52×18) and Saturday (52×5) years of Kanikapila we’ve jammed roughly 1,196 times and that’s not including “Special Events” like the County Fair, Maritime Day, Shark-tober-fest, etc.  I can’t even begin to calculate the number of strums we all must have put on our Ukulele! Is there an Epidemiologist in the house?

Here are some images from last week Friday . . .

Click above for online album

I had mentioned being distracted by “other stuff” last week, check this out. A group of us Kanikapila’d with Ms. Bosey’s 4th and 5th graders. 123+ Ukulele players, there’s even a video of them singing Koke’e . . .

Click above for online photo album and Koke’e video . . .

I think Uncle Dennis would have been proud. Mahalo Nui Loa to Lynnette for making all this possible and creating such a nurturing environment for these wonderful Keiki! Maika’i! You make it all so worthwhile and what a way to strum in our 18th year of Kanikapila.

Since we’re on the subject of support Ukulele in our Schools, don’t forget about this . . .

Remember that there will be a Kanikapila with Faith Ako at the end, plus she’s bringing some of her CDs to sell. So bring your Ukes and Flight Gear with you.

Saturday we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club , at our usual time of 2p – 4p. Please consider bringing friends and giving a little donation at the door to the SVWC for hosting us. Mahalo.

Here are the Saturday photos, we actually had a hula from Cindy RosVis. Doing her timeless Can’t Help Falling in Love . . . check below you’ll understand . . . Mahalo, mahalo very muuuch . . .

Click above for online photo album

small wooden vessels,
vehicles of Ohana,
Na ‘Ukulele.

Aloha A Hui Hou,

Jake had the night off . . . I ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dawg . . .


03.1418: UFOHQ this Friday and Saturday!


Aloha Ahi Ahi Kakou!

Happy Pi (3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679…..) Day everyone. I’m going to keep this short. We’ll be at the UFOHQ this Friday (7:30pm to 10ish) and Saturday (2pm-4pm). I’m sure you folks know the drill by now . . . more later.


(was that short or what?)


030518: Kanikapila at the Elks this Friday, UFOHQ Saturday


Aloha Ahi Ahi Kakou,

It’s that time of the month everyone, you know, the second Friday? Which means we’ll be at the Elks this Friday, 7p – 9:30pm-ish. A casual dinner will be available at around 6:30 for $15. First come, first serve. Once again, Mahalo Nui Loa to our Elks ‘Ohana for being such gracious hosts!

Elks Dinner Menu Update:
Herb Crusted Pork Loin
Honey Mustard Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Spinach Salad

Below are images from last week Friday’s Campbell Hall Kanikapila. Mahalo to Reverend Chip and to Lane for opening their beautiful Hall to us. Click the collage for album access . . .

Saturday we’ll be at the UFOHQ at our usual time of 2-4pm. BYOB&S and be sure to text me at 4153007804 if you want to RSVP a seat for Saturday.

Here are our UFOhana Pilots in mid flight last Saturday at UFOHQ.

Btw, does anybody recognize that slender Hula Maiden on the left below?

Or what about these 3 Wahines on Kaua’i hanging with David Sproat?

An endless cycle,
Rhythm of time infinite ,
Suddenly . . . it . . . ends . . .

I know you’re in there . . . hellooooo. . .

Malama Pono Ka Kou!


022718: Campbell Hall this Friday and UFOHQ Saturday . . .


Aloha Ka Kou,

Hard to believe but we’re already into March this week. Which means we’ll be at the Campbell Hall in Sausalito this Friday! Mahalo to Reverend Chip and his Congregation for opening their doors to the UFOhana once again. We’ll be there 6:30pm to 9ish. BYAPotluck, BYOGear (music stand) and enough Aloha to share with your ‘Ohana and guests.

Last Friday we celebrated Mardi Gras at the Elks with a great dinner and a great Kanikapila. Mahalo Nui to Joe and the Elk-ders for being such great hosts. Click below for images . . .

Curita, we hope you’re doing better after that “breathtaking” In A Canoe Hula! 😉

This Saturday all Ukulele Pilots are cleared for landing at the UFOHQ hangar. We’ll be meeting at our usual time of 2p – 4p. BYOSB (Snacks and Beverages), a Music Stand and that A – word thingy . . . ya know . . .   Oh, don’t forget to text me at 4153007804 if you want to RSVP a seat for Saturday.

Last Saturday we were host by the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. It was great to be back at that wonderful hall. Click below for album access. Photos courtesy of Craig and Linda, Mahalo!

White lined azure skies,
Soft apparitions float by,
Lonely hawk observes.

Aloha e Malama Pono,
-=SqL+No(koff, koff)hea+Jake=-

“Come out little mousey . . . I know you’re in there . . . “


02218: We’re at the Elks this Fri and Sonoma Sat . . .


Aloha Ahi Ahi,

Once again, we’re being hosted by the San Rafael Elks this Friday at our usual times (7-10). But if you’re up to it there a great Mardi Gras Dinner available at 6:30pm…….

EVENT: Mardi Gras Dinner and Ukulele Music
DATE: Friday, February 23, 2018
TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Dining Room


Yummy Creole style dinner made by New Orleans Chef Gerald and crew! Shrimp Creole, Fried Catfish,  Pound Cake. Whipped Cream & Banana Foster Sauce, Salad (vegetarian available upon request with RSVP)

Mahalo to our Elks ‘Ohana for their continued support and welcoming generosity.

So last week Friday was our “White and Red” Night (since Nohea missed our “Red and White” night at the Elks last Friday). Click below for photos from that night.

Saturday Kanikapila will be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. 2p-4p. BYOGear, Flight Manuals and BYSonoHA (Sonoma Valley Style ALOOOOOHA!). Mahalo to the Hina i ka malama (Moon Goddesses) for Hosting us once again.

Last Saturday’s HQ Kanikapila below . . .

I also want to remind you all of the following Ukulele fundraiser this month. I understand that Faith Ako is requesting that we jam with her on a few songs. So bring ’em if you got ’em . . . your Ukes that is.

Btw, we’re on for the Porchfest this year as well! Stay tuned for more info!

A lifetime of dreams,
An ephemeral moment,
A feeling recalled.

A’a i ka koekoe, waiho i ka maka’u i ka hale,
(Dare to strum, leave shame at home)


Hey! That’s my Butt!


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