011917: Friday Kanikapila Canceled . .

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. . . due to . . .

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. . . Shark Sighting!!!!!!!

“Grrrrrrrrr! I said no play Lemon Tree!!!!!!!”

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 . . .

The line up . . .

Below, how Nohea and I spent our MLK Holiday . . .

     

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sun touches the earth,
angry gray skies greet the night,
cold breath on the wind

Hope to see you folks Saturday!

Malama Pono,
-=SqL+Nohea+Jake=-

Man! That is one big fish!

:EOT

011217: We’re At The Elks This Friday!

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Alooooha All,

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 . . .

1.10.17: The Rising Flood Waters . . .
Day After, what was once a soccer field . . . the night before this was twice as high, running into our back yard and into our patio . . . my poor neighbor had over a foot in his entire house, and that’s after it overflowed his empty swimming pool!

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 . . .

Uh, I don’t think it’ll fit in the house Marion . . .
Hey! Is that a guy with a uke in the middle?
Uncle Shaka Santa and Aunty kicking back . . . la dat

Well, at least it was sunny somewhere?

Click below for images from our first Kanikapila at the Campbell.

Guess who turn another year older?

Click below for our Saturday Kanikapila at the Elks.

The Ahi Wela Grrrrrrrrlz!

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tears from the heavens,
a reminder of our place,
a humbling moment.

Sadly, we lost another Hawaiian Pioneer . . . click below . . .

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Aloha Oe Eddie Kamae . . . we will miss you . . .

Malama Pono All,
-=SqL+Nohea+Jake=-

:EOT

010317: We’re at Campbell Hall this Friday . . .

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Hauoli Maka Hiki Hou pau āpau!

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 . . .

Marty and his Harem of Hula Maidens

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

Click image above for Videos of the California Academy of Sciences Event

UkEkU
A measure of life,
Another boundary is crossed,
And we move through time.

Take care everyone, we’ll see you soon!

Aloha A Hui Hou,
-=SqL+Nohea+Jake=-

Gonna miss my Christmas Binky

:EOT

122916: Kanikapila at UFOHQ this Friday . . .

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Aloha All,

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.

Aloha A Hui Hou!
-=Sql+(cough, cough)Nohea+Jake=-

Man am I stuffed!

:EOT

 

122116: Christmas Party At UFOHQ this Friday!

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Aloha All,

It’s that time of year once again! It’s time for the UFOhana’s Annual Mele Kalikimaka Ho’olaulea (Merry Christmas Party). So don your favorite PJ’s or Ugliest Christmas Sweat or maybe both? Then Hele on down to the UFOHQ around 7pm. But don’t forget to BYPotluck, BYOGear (we’re good for chairs), and lastly, BYHolidayAloha to share with your ‘Ohana.

And just in case you can’t make this Friday, you can wear your favorite PJ and/or U.Sweater this Saturday also. Our usual run time of 2-4 pm.

The Last Survivors of that Night . . .

Mahalo Nui Loa to Marion for sharing her home with the ‘Ohana last Friday. Click below for photos from that fun event.

And as if partying Friday night wasn’t enough . . .  Click here for Saturday’s Kanikapila photos….

Ok, that’s all I have for now . . . see you folks soon!

UkEkU
under a silk sky,
jeweled lawns in the sunrise,
tenuous diamonds.

Be well, stay warm, share your Aloha,
-=SqL+Nohea+Jake=-

Wait! Let me comb my hairs . . .

:EOT

121516: We’re at the UFOHQ Annex This Friday!

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Aloha Everyone,

We’ll be congregating at the UFOAnnex, aka, Marion’s House this Friday. Usual Time 7p-10p, BYPotLuck, BYOMusicGear (music stands, book lights, Flight Manuals, etc.), I think we’re good for chairs. Oh, and don’t forget your Aloha to share with your Ohana and of course, don’t forget to thank Marion for Hosting Us. If you need an address, please text me at, 415-300-7804.

Saturday Kanikapila, will be held at UFOHQ, usual time of 2p – 4p. BYOS&B (Snacks and Beverage). We should be good for chairs.

Click here for images from last week’s Christmas Dinner at the Elks Lodge.

Click here for images from last week’s performance at the Fairfax Christmas Fair and Saturday Kanikapila.

Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that participated and shared your Aloha at these events. It’s because of your participation and enthusiasm that has made our UFOhana so well received in our community.

And speaking of community, here’s a little humor from our Friends of the Sharks, David McGuire.

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And some images from Linda’s handy work at the UFO HQ . . .

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Forever circling,
Currents of change etch the sky,
Omens of winter.

Take Care, and Stay Warm All!

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“Geez, I hope that’s a box of catnip.”

Aloha A Hui Hou,
-=SqL+Nohea+Jake=-

:EOT

120916: We’re At The Elks this Friday

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Aloha,

Sorry for the late posting. Been very busy printing up Christmas Flight Manuals for this Friday and Saturday’s events.

We’ll be meeting at the Elks this Friday (today actually), in the Dinning Room, they’re offering a special Christmas Dinner for $20. Hopefully, you should have received notice via Email about this early this week. Usual run time 7p-10p. But you may want to show up just a little early and kapu a space near the band. Christmas Flight Manuals will be provided, but bring yours just incase.

Saturday we’ll be performing at the Fairfax Christmas Fair, 12p-2p, in the Pavilion (142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA 94930). I’ll be providing flight manuals also.

We had enough interest, so we’ll be holding Saturday Kanikapila at the UFOHQ, 2p-4p, after the Fairfax event.

Btw, please take note of Tucker’s Event below.
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UKULELE WINTER WORKSHOP THE SECOND EDITION FEBRUARY 2017

HERE’S A PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOURSELF!  

OR THAT PASSIONATE FRIEND WHO WANTS TO EXPAND THEIR  UKULELE EXPERTISE.   

SIX HOURS + OF INSTRUCTION BY SIX OF THE BAY AREA’S FINEST INSTRUCTORS 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH    –   STRUMMING, KEEPING THE BEAT -RHYTHM

9:00 – STEVE QUAN -TIRED OF DOING THE SAME STRUM AT GROUP UKULELE SESSIONS?  FROM THE PRESENTER OF LAST YEAR’S “FINGER-STYLE & STRUMMING TECHNIQUE TO WOW OTHERS!” WORKSHOP, STEVE QUAN WILL BREAK YOU OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS OF “SAME OLD, SAME OLD” WITH STRUMS YOU MAY NOT HAVE CONSIDERED TO IMPRESS OTHERS!  HE WILL ALSO SHARE OTHER TRICKS WITH YOU TO ENLIGHTEN OTHERS OF YOUR ABILITY.

10:30 – RHAN WILSON  – A LIFELONG MUSICIAN, PLAYS MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS, AND WAS VOTED “BEST MUSIC INSTRUCTOR” IN THE SANTA CRUZ AREA IN 2016. HIS WORKSHOPS ARE INFUSED WITH ENCOURAGEMENT, INSPIRATION, AND PERMISSION TO THINK AND ACT LIKE A MUSICAL ARTIST. PLAYERS OF ALL LEVELS ARE SHOWN HOW TO PLAY TOGETHER, HOW TO LISTEN, AND HOW TO HEAR THE RHYTHM OF THE MUSIC.

 WEDS  FEBRUARY 15TH  –  SECRETS OF STRUMMING – GROOVING  & ARPEGGIOS

 9:00 – SANDY BAILEY- HAS MADE MUSIC HIS ENTIRE LIFE.  BEGINNING ON THE BEACHES OF WAKIKI TO THE SLOPES OF MOUNT TAMALPAIS.  SANDY’S AN IN-DEMAND MUSICIAN AND AN EXTRAORDINARY VOCALIST.  LEARN STRUMS AND ARPEGGIOS IN SANDY’S UNIQUELY HAWAIIAN STYLE

10:30 – AMY FRIEDRICKS – MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST AND EDUCATOR. SHE TEACHES PRIVATELY IN MARIN AND AT VARIOUS ADULT MUSIC CAMPS. SHE IS CO-FOUNDER OF THE MARIN UKE CLUB. HER WORKSHOP, ROCK THAT STRUM, WILL GET YOU OUT OF YOUR STRUM RUT AND EXPLORING SOME ROCKIN’ TOE TAPPING NEW GROOVES. LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE RIGHT STRUM(S) FOR ANY SONG.   WE’LL ROCK OUT PLAYING BEATLES AND OTHER CLASSICS.

 WEDS FEBRUARY 22 –  HOW TO TRICKS TO COMPOSING YOUR OWN SONGS

DO YOU HAVE A TUNE IN YOUR HEAD?  A LYRIC IN YOUR HEART? NOW’S THE TIME TO GO FOR IT!

9:00 – CLAY WILSON – DIVIDES HIS TIME BETWEEN HONOLULU AND SANTA ROSA.  HE STUDIES WITH BRYAN TOLENTINO  AND HERB OHTA JR.  CLAY TAUGHT WORKSHOPS AT THE L.A. INTERNATIONAL  UKULELE FESTIVAL;  WEST COAST UKULELE RETREAT AND AT THE E HO’OMAU RETREAT IN SONOMA.   HIS CLASS WILL THE FUNDAMENTALS ON WRITING SONGS OF THEIR OWN. INTROS AND OUTROS AND  THE CONCEPT OF INTRODUCTORY VERSES WILL BE EMPHASIZED

10:30 – TUCKER SPOLTER  –  TUCK’S TAUGHT PRIVATELY TO ALL AGES. TEACHES IN MILL VALLEY, SAN RAFAEL AND IS THE LEADER OF UKULELE JUBILEE.  HE PROMISES TO PULL ALL THAT YOU’VE LEARNED THE PAST THREE WEEKS AND APPLY IT TO YOUR FIRST COMPOSITION. WE’LL EXPERIMENT WITH CHORD MAPS AND UNUSAL CHORD PROGRESSION YOU’LL BE AMAZED AT YOUR OWN CREATION. YES, YOU CAN WRITE A SONG.

THE UKULELE WINTER WORKSHOP SIX CLASS PACKAGE IS $122

  • Class size will be limited!
  • One Day packages are $50
  • Drop-Ins available if there is room   $30 per class
  • Bring ukuleles, (IN TUNE)music stands a binder and pen or pencil.

ALL UKULELE LEVELS OF ABILITY ARE WELCOME

 WE PROMISE  SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

Here are three simple ways to register for our Ukulele Workshop.  Please remember we were SOLD OUT out last year!

  1. ON LINE: Registration begins Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7am – here’s how

            – mvprGoPlay.org

            – put in Bar code 40473 – to register for the 9:00 a.m. classes *$61

            – put in Bar code 40470 to register for the   10:30  classes.  $61

Special attendance fees for those who can’t attend the entire 3  days.

Any single class – $30          –   if there is room

One day both classes – $5O    if there is room

  1. IN PERSON: Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 14th

 Simply go to the front desk of the Mill Valley Community Center at    180  Camino Alto,  Mill Valley 94941

  1. 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.

*The extra dollar goes to the Mill Valley Scholarship Fund

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Ok, I’m bushed, time to catch a few zzzzzzz’s.

See you in a few hours . . . .

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Meeowloooha!

:EOT

113016-We’ll Be at Campbell Hall this Friday and UFOHQ Saturday

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Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

We’ll meet at Campbell hall 6:30p – 9:00ish this Friday. BYPotLuck, BYOGear and BYAlohas, of course. Mahalo to Reverend Chip for hosting us once again at their beautiful Hall. Saturday, we’ll be meeting at the UFOHQ at our usual run time of 2-4pm, BYOSnacks and Beverage and BYOurSelf.

Big Mahalo Nui to the Ohana Members that helped with the MNF Dinner at the Elks this past week. Click below for images . . .

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Click here for Friday Night photos and here for Saturday Day photos.

Below is the Halau performing in Kailua, Hi.

Click image above to access Video Album of Hula In Kailua
Click image above to access Video Album of Hula In Kailua

Also, we’ve been invited to perform at the Fairfax Christmas Fair again this year at the Pavillion. December 10th, 12p – 1p. Come if you can . . . if no can . . . no can.

Ok, it’s getting late, I’ll see you folks this weekend!

UkekU
seconds to minutes
minutes turn into hours,
forever counting .

Aloha A hui hou!

-=SqL+Nohea+Jake=-
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Surprise! Waka! Waka!

:EOT

112416: Hau‘oli Lā Ho‘omaika‘i!

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Happy Thanksgiving UFOhana!

Hope you’re all having a relaxing and joyful day. We’ll be gathering this Friday, aka Hana Hou Hau’oli La Ho’omaika’i Day, at the UFOHQ the usual time of 7p – 10p. BYThanksgiving Leftovers (the Hana hou part), BYOGear and BYAloha.

On behalf of Nohea and myself, we’d like to give thanks this day to our UFOhana for being the most supportive and giving group of people we’ve ever had the honor of being a part of. Forever in our hearts . . .

I’d also like to remember Ohana that have left us this past year, Dick Daunt, and very recently Uncle Ken Camacho. Please send your Aloha and good mana out to the Camacho family. Me Ke Aloha Pumehana Uncle Ken . . .

Uncle Ken Mowing his lawn
Del ‘helping’ Uncle trim his Coconut Tree(s), “Uh Del, I think this was a good one . . . .”
Dick Daunt

Saturday Kanikapila will be held at the UFOHQ also, 2p-4p run time. BYOSnax and Bevs.

Btw, the Hana Hou Hawaiian Wear Store will be open an hour early each day for those of you interested in doing some early shopping.

UkEkU
In just a moment,
We become a memory,
Live to bring all joy.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone . . . see you soon!

Click below for our travel album to O’ahu….

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On of Del’s Favorite Surf Spots – Makapu’u

Malama Pono,
-=SqL+Nohea+Jake=-

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Uuuuuhhhh . . . too much turkey . . .

:EOT

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