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072717: We’re at the Elks this Friday!


Aloha everyone,

The Elks has once again generously offered to host another Kanikapila this Friday. We’re meeting 7-10pm, kalua pig & cabbage and shoyu chicken dinner will be available for a nominal fee.  Sounds Ono-licious!  Mahalo Nui Elks!

Speaking of Friday Kanikapila, click here for images of last week’s Friday kanikapila at UFOHQ. We had a good size gathering that night, mahalo to all that helped with cleanup and to Nohea for always being there!

Saturday we’ll be meeting 2-4pm at UFOHQ for Kanikapila. BYOMusicStands, BYOB&S (Beverages and Snacks if you need). Click here for last Saturday’s images from the Sonoma Valley Womans Club.

Sunday is the Napa Porchfest, our performance time has changed due to a scheduling snafu, so we’ll be performing 4p-5:30p instead. Our porch is located at 308 Franklin St, Napa. Please show up 30 minutes before our performance. In fact you may want to show up earlier and check out the other Bands . . . Great Local Entertainment FOR FREE! Here’s a link to the Porchfest Map and Info Graphic, Porchfest 2017 Map . Be aware that will be road closures that day as well, and here’s a link to the closure map, 2017 Porchfest Road Closures .  Car pooling would be a great idea. Leave comments here for each other if you can provide a ride or need a ride.

We’re listed at location #25. Again because of scheduling issues we’ll be the 3rd band at location #25, performing at 4pm instead of 3pm. Be sure to bring water, food (if needed), sun gear, music stands, wind clips and your Flight Manuals. Consider sharing your Flight Manuals, though it is a big porch, space is limited so we may need to overflow into the driveway, yard, etc. Oh, and don’t forget to bring some UFOhana Aloha to share with our Napa friends.

Mahalo Nui Carolyn for getting us into the the Napa Porchfest!

Well, it’s getting pretty late. Hope to see you sometime this weekend.

curtains slowly wave,
gracious lines under moonlight,
softly her breath comes . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,

This is my hot cat cooling off position



071917: We’re at the UFOHQ this Friday . . .


Aloooooha UFOhana,

Sorry about the confusion last week, I mistakenly put “071717”  in the header. We are NOT at the Elks again this week, I fixed it on the blog to “071317” but unfortunately it doesn’t send updates once I publish the weekly blog. So, OFFICIALLY, this week we’re at the UFOHQ this Friday, 7p-10p. BYKauKau (Pot Luck – Healthy Stuff, if can), BYOMusicStand/Gear, BYAloha (as always!). Text me at 415-300-7804 for directions if you need.

Saturday we’ll be out the SVWC (Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club), 2p-4p. BYODonation ($5 at the door to help pay for operating cost), BYOGear (music stands), BYA (you know what that is!). For those of you interested, Nohea (Linda) is bringing a collection of her vintage clothing and wares. If you’d like to view her full collection at the UFOHQ, please feel free to call her at 415-572-1175 and schedule an appointment.

Again, a Mahalo Nui Loa to Na Wahine Mahina ʻoawa (Women of the Valley of the Moon) for their Aloha and opening their kahua hoʻolulu (Meeting Place / Club House) to us.

Also, Mahalo nui to the Elks for hosting us last Friday and to Tad for that great Dinner and to Mike for always being a great host. We are truly blessed to have the San Rafael Elks in our lives.

I got a little behind on posting images from the last two weeks so here they are . . .

Click below for last Saturday’s . . .

Click below for last Friday’s Elks Kanikapila . . .

Click below for Friday 070717 album . . . and here for Saturday 070817 album . . .

Below, a special Ukulele Event/Workshop from our Friends at the Magic Flute . . .


I hope you can share this announcement about a workshop and performance by ukulele artist Andrew Molina, hosted by The Magic Flute on Wednesday, August 9th @ 7:30pm. See the attached flyer.

The entry fee of $15 per person goes directly to the artists.


Christian Dean
The Magic Flute, Ltd.
182 Northgate One
San Rafael, CA 94903

Office: 415-479-3112
Mobile: 415-302-4182
Fax: 415-479-0130

Sounds like a cool event. Hope to see you folks there!

. . . and don’t forget about our Porchfest Kanikapila on July 30th in Napa.

Our PP (Performance Porch) is located at 308 Franklin Street, Napa. Please send in your T-Shirt orders ASAP to me as I understand quantities are limited. Be sure to indicate Size, Men or Woman Styles and Quantity. OR purchase them at Fuller Park, on the Seminary Street side, near the food trucks. All shirts
are $20.00 and help finance this FREE event. Click HERE for a map and  Event and TShirt information. Btw, we are listed as Band Number 25 on the map.

Aaaaaand thennnn we have the following event on August 5th . . .

More details to follow . . . Mahalo Nui to Donna for hosting our Kanikapila at this event once again!

Ok, I think that’s enough for now. See you folks at the end . . .

Like father before,
Cares of future life unfolds,
Allay the worries . . .

Me ke Aloha Pumehana,

Komomai Kat
sleepy time . . .
. . . good night Romeo . . .



071317 : We’re at the ELK’s this Friday


Aloha Everyone,

It’s the second Friday of July which means we’re Kanikipila-ing at the Elks 7p – 10p. BYOGear (music stands), BYO$$$ (for drinks and dinner). Here’s the dinner notice from Brudda Tad:

Hi Elks (and FOTElks),
Here is the menu for tomorrow’s
Friday Night Dinner :

BBQ chicken
Blackened shrimp
Salad and rice
Sautéed asparagus spears
Homemade brownies and ice cream

RSVP Today

Such a Deal make sure you RSVP now.

Mahalo Nui once again the the Elk-ders and to Reverend Chip for Hosting our Kanikapilas!

Btw, there may be some Paramount Food trucks in the Parking Lot this Friday night so parking may be a little sparse. There’s parking in the areas at the various empty lots in the area.

Saturday Kanikapila will be the UFOHQ, 2p-4p, BYOB&S (Bevs and Snacks if you need). You know the rest.

Ok, gotta run!

distant winds march forth,
rolling oceans of white clouds
makani eha.

Aloha All,




070517: We’re at Campbell Hall this Friday


Aloha All,

It’s the first Friday of the month which means we’ll be at the Campbell Hall this Friday. Big Mahalo to Reverend Chip for hosting us once again! Run time, as usual, 6:30 – 9ish, BYPotLuck, BYOGear and as always, extra Aloha to share with your Ohana. Btw, Reverend Chip is requesting that we return the Hall to its original configuration once we’re done so it’ll be ready for the following morning’s event. We’ll need a little help from everyone on this one. Mahalo.

Saturday we’ll be back at the UFOHQ, 2p – 4p, BYOB&S (Bevs and Snacks if you like), BYOMusicStand and that Aloha thing again!

On behalf of Nohea and myself, we wish to express our sincerest Mahalo Nui Loa to all that participated in and made our Marin County Fair Kanikapila the best yet! Nohea and myself are so blessed to have an Ohana so full of Aloha and caring for each other. Mahalo to Charlotte for sharing her knowledge of Hula with us and to Marion for providing such a wonderful forum to spread the way of the Ukulele and our Ohana. Mahalo Nui Loa Kimo for keeping our heart on beat and to Leslie and Dolores for sharing their Walking Boots! Sue and Nellie we hope you’ve recovered from the heat of the event. Brudda Sandy, we missed you! Hope you’re feeling better. Malama Pono Ka Kou!

Click on the image below to access the County Fair Images . . .

Click here for our Saturday Kanikapila album and here for our Friday Kanikapila . . .

Btw, we have a July 30th event coming up in NAPA. The 7th Annual Napa Porchfest. We’re scheduled to play from 3-3:30. More details to come. Below is the T-Shirt for the event, please let me know if you’d like to order one. I’m told the supply is limited. Mahalo Carolyn for getting us into this fun event!

2017 Porchfest T-Shirt


Check out the bottom of the back of the shirt, recognize the Ukulele Group listed there?

an ocean of smiles,
bodies sway in time to song,
‘ohana takes flight . . .

Hope to see you folks this weekend sometime. Only 2 more sleepy times till Friday!



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“Uh . . . I have no idea how that bag got open . . . really . . . “



062817: We’re at UFOHQ this Friday and Saturday . . .


Alooooha UFOhana,

We’re meeting at the UFOHQ this Friday and Saturday. Friday, 7p-10p, BYOKauKau (Potluck, healthy main dish), BYOMusicStands and Saturday 2p-4p, BYOB&S (Beverage & Snacks if you like), of course, always bring some extra Aloha to share with all! We will be practicing our Mele (Songs) and Hula (Hawaiian Dance) for our July 2nd, 2-2:45p, performance at the fair. I will be providing a 2017 Fair Flight Manual to all attending for the event. Mahalo Nui Loa to Maliona for allowing us to participate in this fantastic event once again!

Btw, though we are out of tickets for the event, all are welcome to participate either onstage or in the audience (we can always use the extra applause and Ukuleles out there). In fact, invite your friends and family too! Tell them it’ll make for good Youtube blackma… uh Videos. If you are participating, please meet behind the 3 Twins Stage an hour before performance (just like the last time). Please find someone to share a music stand and Flight Manual with as we may be limited in space onstage. Also, keep the front row clear for our plugin musicians and bass player. Please be kind to those around you and if possible allow our shorter Ukulele Pilots to be in front. I’m going to try and push for 8 songs this year (4 hulas and 4 mele), so the sooner we get setup the better. Please wear you best Hawaiian attire and remember, “Let the Funshine In!”

We had a busy Friday and Saturday last week, click the collages for album access:

Friday was great at the Elks, Joe Tato even cooked us a special dinner. Mahalo to Brudda Mike and Joe for opening up the Lodge to us!

Saturday it was onward to the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, amazing there was no NASCAR traffic!

golden grass waving,
leaf shadows dances below,
a breeze plays through trees.

Take care everyone! See you soon.

Aloha A Hui Hou,

I am, your father Jake!


062117: We’re at the Elk’s this Friday . . .


Aloha All,

Posting a quick one here . . .  you may notice we’re missing the previous week’s post. There was a problem and I had to restore from the week previous. Anyway, we’re back on line now . . .

We’ve been cleared to meet at the Elk’s this Friday! Mahalo to Brudda Mike, Joe and the Elk-ders for hosting us once again. I understand that a dinner will be available for purchase as well. We’ll be there from 7-10pm-ish, BYOGear (music stands, lights, etc.) and BYAloha! Dress and think cool thoughts as I hear we’re not quite out of the heat wave.

Saturday, we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. I understand that NASCAR will be in full swing so you may want to account for traffic delays. Usual runtime 2-4pm. Mahalo to the Sonoma Valley Wahine and Hula Mai for hosting us!

Maika’i to the Hokulea and crew for their legendary voyage. Here’s a link to KITV 4 in Honolulu . . .

Ok, tired from weed whacking and mowing the front lawn/weed garden/dirt pile . . .

we move in circles,
infinite cycles of friends,
waves upon a shore . . .

See you Soon!

Aloha Nui Loa,


060817: Elua Kanikapila!

Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

It’s that time of the month again, Elua Kanikapila (2nd Kanikapila) of the month, which means we’re at the Elks this Friday. However, instead of the bar, we’ll be in the (weather permitting) Magnolia Terrace this time to support the following event…

Please be sure to RSVP (call or email at the above) if you’ll be joining us for dinner.

Speaking of Friday Nights, click below for photos of the Campbell Kanikapila . . .

Saturday Kanikapila will be at UFOHQ, 2-4pm, as usual, BYOB&S (Beverage and Snacks if you need). BYOMusicStands. Text me at 415-300-7804 if you need directions to the HQ.

By the way, as many of you are aware we’ll be performing at the County Fair on July 2,  2-2:45PM, same stage as last year. Please email me at if you will be attending. Tickets are limited so first come first serve . . . Mahalo Nui Loa to Gabriel, Marion, Charlie and the Staff at the Marin Cultural Center for allowing to participate once again! I’m thinking Retro/Tie Dye/Peter Max-ish/Nancy Sintra-ish/Summer of Love/Love Child/Hawaiian for attire?

Immaculate skies,
A crystal azure ocean,
Frail Cosmic marble.

ahhhh, a little lower, to the left . . . It’s a tough life, but someone has to do it . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,


060117: We’re at Campbell Hall this Friday!


Aloha All,

Sorry for the late post, having another one of those weeks.  We’re meeting at the Campbell Hall this Friday. Mahalo Nui to Reverend Chip for open his doors once again to the UFOhana and for keeping Ukulele Mele alive in Sausalito! Run time 6:30-9:00ish, BYPotLuck (thanks for all the great healthy food from last time!), BYOGear, BYOBeverages and BYAloha (of course!).

NO SATURDAY KANIKAPILA! The Bass Commander and I have to pay our respects to one of our old friends . . . we’ll see you folks next week. Be good now and Strum On!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you all with these images from Friday, Saturday and Today.

Btw, there are a few dates that we need to put out there . . .

June 9th, we’re playing at the Elks as usual, but we’ll be out at the Terrace providing the Entertainment for the following event . . .

July 2nd, 2-2:45 PM we’re performing at the County Fair!


July 30th,  Time to Be Announced, we’re Kanikapila-ing at the Napa Valley Porch Fest . . .

Click image above for details

August 5, 10am – 12pm we’ve been invited to Kanikapila at . . .

Linda will also have a booth with her Hana Hou goods on sale!

Sept. 16, 3p-5p We have been invited to Kanikapila at the ….

Click above for link to the Event

Ok, I think I’ve covered most of the major events. Whew! What a great line up! Please let me know if I’ve forgotten anything . . . As some of you may have noticed there was no mention of Hele On Ukulele! Event. Stay tuned for more, we have something in the works for the fall/winter!

On a final note . . . check out the plates on this ride!

Yeah, yeah, Ukulele is spelt wrong, but that was already taken! With A Ride like this I’d never be late for a Gig!

counting time in days.
then in minutes, in seconds,
return to the light.

Aloha A Hui Hou,

“Uh, Jake’s on vacation, I’m filling in . . .”


052417: We’re at UFOHQ this Friday . . .


Aloha Ahi Ahi All,

We’re back at the UFOHQ this Friday, at the usual run time of 7pm – 10pm. BYPotluck (thanks for the great healthy food last week), BYOGear and BYAloha of course! Here are some great photos of last Friday and Saturday’s Kanikapila, click the collage below to access the online photo album . . .

That’s Morgan Bailey (our Bass Commander’s daughter) with Marion . . .
The Weekend Warriors of the UFOhana . . .

This Saturday we are at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, but don’t forget Kanikapila will be from 3p – 5p instead. For those of you who want to get an early start, some great Hula and food consider attending the Luau event just before Kanikapila . . .

Ok, that’s it for now, hope to see you this weekend sometime! Have a great Memorial Day all . . .

Azure morning sky,
Symphony of bird’s voices,
A feast on the lawn.


“awwwwww, I bet you say that to all the Handsome Puttitats!”


051817: We’re At UFOHQ this Friday and Saturday


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Well, we finally made it to the end of the week. Sorry for the late posting, I’ve been busy with fence repairs and cutting down the meadow known as our front yard. Both Friday and Saturday Kanikapila will be at the UFOHQ. Text me with your name if you need directions to the HQ at 415-300-7804.

So Friday Kanikapila at the usual time of 7p-10p, BYPotLuck (healthy if can), BYOMusicStands, BYAloha, of course! Click here for last Friday’s Kanikapila images.

Saturday Kanikapila at the usual time of 2p-4p. BYOB&S (Beverage and Snacks if you like), BYOMusicStands. Click here for last Saturday’s Human Race photos and kanikapila. Btw, mahalo nui loa to the Away Team that performed at the Human Race and provided encouragement to the participants, 3 of which are UFOhana members. See for yourselves!

Okidoki, I’m pretty beat from hacking at 4 foot weeds, see you folks tomorrow!

Gossamer clouds drift,
Symmetry of sky and earth,
Winds of change blowing.

Aloha A Hui Hou,

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Jake! Bad Kitty! Leave the Battleship alone!