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052815: Kanikapila at the Elks this Friday


Aloha All,
We’ll be at the Elks this Friday, usual run time of 7:00p to 10:00p. As you can guess by the lateness of this posting it’s been yet another PITA week. It’s the last Friday of the month so it’s Fancy Dinner Night at the Elks this Friday. Check out their link for details and menu: .  Mahalo Nui Loa to the Elks for hosting the UFOhana once again and for their undying support.

This Saturday it our ‘Test Flight’ at the Barefoot Café. Check them out here:   Run time 2p-4p. It may be a little bit more crowded so just bring what you need and nothing more. Mahalo to Claudia for arranging this opportunity. Keep in mind that we want to make a good first impression, so please do consider ordering a meal or at least some kind of drink other than a glass of water. Btw, check out this special announcement for our premiere Kanikapila at the Barefoot:  Yet another amazing creation from Brudda Wikio!

Last week Friday we had the opportunity to Kanikapila at the San Pedro Elementary School, located right here in San Rafael. Lynnette brought a few of her Keiki from Lynnwood Elementary to perform with us as well. As you can see below they were well received. We thought we’d have to call in Security when Lynnette’s Keiki broke out “Johnny B. Goode”!  (Click collages below to access the photo albums). Mahalo Leslie (of Bogie’s Café) for arranging this!

1-052215 San Pedro Elementary Kanikapila

After a brief break at UFO HQ it was time for our own Kanikapila that night . . .

1-052215 Uke Night UFOHQ

After a night’s sleep . . . onward to the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club for our second Kanikapila at the SVWC center. . .  Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that showed up to support the SVWC and Mahalo Nui Loa to the SVWC for share their beautiful hall with us.

1-052315 SVWC Kanikapila

Then . . . . it was time to rest. . . . whew!   Mahalo to the UFOhana and Nohea for helping me through all this . . . but wait, there’s more . . .

Below a couple of opportunities to play even more Ukulele! First, an Ukulele Camp invite from Tucker Spolter:

You’re invited to Ukulele Summer Camp
Where: 710 Via Casitas – 415-461-4628
When: Wednesdays — Starting June 3rd
Time: 11:45  —   1:15
Cost: $10 per session  – there will be a limit of campers
Snacks and beverages will be provided
Activities would include:
    a. Half hour lesson – intros & outros – soloing –  preforming –  leading songs                 strumming – chord  theory – arpegios
        breaking down a song – transposing
    b. One hour sing along – solo’s – duo’s etc.
    WHEN:  from June 3rd  through July 29th
Is Ukulele Summer Camp for me?  Here’s the criteria ——-
    Do you love to make music?
    Love to strum and learn new songs? & techniques?
            a) If you can tune your uke
            b) Know the basic chord forms
        1. C Am F G7  — F Dm Bb-C7 – G Em C D7 
            c)Can strum through a few of your favorite songs.   And
     d) pluck a tune or two …..
THEN Please join us. Don your Ukulele Summer Camp tee-shirt, fill your canteen, pack your pup tent and sneak a few candy bars into you back-pack and please join us on Wednesday by the campfire. 
What do I need for class?
A ukulele, a ukulele tuner,  pen or pencil, and a desire to laugh, sing, hum, and make music.  I only have 5 stands ….. so if isn’t too much trouble.
I extend my Aloha and look forward to strumming with you. If you’re interested please let me know as soon as possible.
Tucker Spolter

And from Linda Bolt at the Marin JCC, a camp for Keiki:

Ok I think I’ve done enough damage here . . . time to recuperate for Friday Night . . .

Delicate petals,
Yellow gossamer winglets,
Na Pua Nani.


Ok, only one sleepy time left before Kanikapila!

Aloha A Hui Hou,




Aloha everyone,

Sorry for the late (but not too late) posting, been another one of those weeks and a one more just like it coming up. TGFK! Thank God For Kanikapila! Which we’re holding at UFOHQ this Friday once again. The usual run time from 7:30 till whenever, or until the last Ukulele Player drops. I have to admit that the “Stalwarts” (not to be confused with the Walwarts, or was it Walmarts?) hung in there pretty good last week. As usual, BYPotLuck, some Healthy (but not too healthy) Main Dish/Salad/(but please, for our diabetics sake, go easy on the) Dessert, BYOGear (a music stand and maybe a folding chair) and of course some Aloha to pass onto others. Mahalo Nui Loa for all the great food last week and to Lopaka and his KP Krew for helping out with the dishes and stuff, and for your generous donations to the Yellow Bucket. Images below . . . . click collage for access to photo album . . .

1-051515 UFOHQ Kanikapila

That following Saturday was a bittersweet one at the Sleeping Lady, as it marked the last Kanikapila before the Sunday closing of our the Saturday home for the last 4 years. We were so fortunate to have great friends in Isult, David and Jack that they had allowed us share our Ukulele, Mele and Aloha with the Fairfax community these past years. Mahalo Nui Loa to the Owners and Crew of the Sleeping Lady and best of luck to all of you in your future endeavors!

1-051615 (Last) Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

This Saturday we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, , run time from 2p – 4p. Betty Ann and her Halau, Hula Mai, will be hosting us at this event. We ask that everyone donate at least $5 to the SVWC to help out with opening up their wonderful Hale to us. BYOGear, we’ll have chairs, and there may be some refreshments for sale.

The following Saturday, the 30th, we’ve been invited to the Barefoot Café in Fairfax. Same run time as Sleeping Lady, located across the parking lot from Sleeping Lady, same run time as SL, 2pm – 4pm, .  Tony and crew has been so generous in inviting us, so we ask that you consider ordering refreshments or a meal to help out. Mahalo Nui Loa to Claudia for helping set up this opportunity.

Then June 2nd, Tuesday, Paul has arranged a “Happy Hour” Ukulele Session at the San Rafael Joe’s on 4th Street. Run time from 6:30pm to 9pm. Just a test run for now . . . we hope to have a good turn out.

Like did I mentioned like buying a plastic Uke for $9.99 in like my favorite kahlur? OMG! WTUke!


Hula Dancer and Dancing Pua extra . . . cool huh? I figure if I get tired of it I can always turn it into an Aquarium!

Curious object,
Substance from another time,
Joyous sounds abound

Alright all, it’s already tomorrow, time to get to bed.

Me ke Aloha Pumehana,
like, like, meeeooowww . . . baby . . . .


051415: Kanikapila at UFOHQ Friday


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,
Sorry for the late posting, been another one of those weeks and a couple more just like it coming up. TGFK! Thank God For Kanikapila! Which we’re holding at UFOHQ this Friday. A usual run time from 7:30 till whenever, or until the last Ukulele Player drops. BYPotLuck, some Healthy (but not too healthy) Main Dish/Salad/(but please, for our diabetics sake, go easy on the) Dessert, BYOGear (a music stand and maybe a folding chair) and of course some Aloha to pass onto others.

Many of you may already be aware of Sleeping Lady closing down. Which marks this Saturday as our last Kanikapila at the Sleeping Lady Café (aka Wahine Moe Moe). Please express your Mahalos and good will to the crew,  Bethany, Christine, Alama, Rose, Jack, Isult and many others that made us feel so welcome at Wahine Moe Moe. Please do wish them luck in their future endeavors.  Mahalo Nui Loa to Claudia Vasquez for introducing us to the Sleeping Lady ‘Ohana and for all her support in other UFOhana endeavors.

It’s been a fun, great 3 years at the Lady and we hoping that we may be able to find a new home nearby at (again with Claudia’s help) the Barefoot Café. We’re hoping to schedule a Test Flight at the Barefoot on the 30th. We had originally scheduled it for the 23rd but Linda reminded me that we’re scheduled to be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club instead. So come and jam with us at the SVWC on the 23rd instead. Here’s their website, , hope to see you there next week.

A heads up for another Test Flight, our good friend (What Page?) Paul, has arranged a Kanikapila at the San Rafael Joe’s on 4th street, June 2nd, 6:30p – 9:00p. Keep the date open and stay tuned for more details.

We’ve got more events coming up so keep checking back for details.

So last week we were at the Elks, a little different this time as we had our 1st Pot Luck there. Even got to celebrate Ellie’s Birthday and got to see Aunty Ku’uipo Hula again before she left for the Marshall Islands. A Jet Setter and a Hula Dancers, not bad for some one 96 years young! Click the collages below to link to the albums…


. . . on ward to Mother’s Day at Wahine Moe Moe . . .

1-050915 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

Ok, hope to you all this Friday or Saturday sometime. I have a new Ukulele I want to show off in my favorite color . . . CLEAR!

Ghostly forms drifting,
Winds carry faint songs of joy,
Days at The Lady

Aloha  A Hui Hou,





Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

We’ll be in the Elks Bar again this Friday, however, no casual dinner will be provided this Friday as most of the Elks will be out at a Special Elk Function.

Instead we’ll be holding a Pot Luck instead.  So please do bring a Main Dish to share with your Ohana if you will be joining us for dinner, make sure you bring enough to share with Brudda Mike our favorite Barista –Tender.  Drinks will be available from Brudda Mike at the Bar. We’ll probably have a table near the bar some where for the incoming rations. Not sure about plates and utensils, you may want to apply Murphy’s 5th Law and bring some disposable dinner ware so you “won’t need it”.

I’m thinking we’ll start playing at around 7pm. People can break for Dinner whenever they want. We ask that you all please do help with minimizing the clean up by picking up after yourselves and your left overs. Linda and I will greatly appreciate it. Mahalo once again to Joe and the Elks for hosting us.

On a somber note . . . please continue to send your Aloha, prayers and kind thoughts to Gary, who lost his mother last week. Gary, we wish you and your family a the best, Malama Pono.

Last week images below . . . beginning with Kanikapila at UFO HQ (click the collages to access the photo album)


Then Wahine Moe Moe where we were treated by sassy hulas from our oldest Hula Dancer (coming in at a spry 96), Aunty Ku’uipo! She traveled all the way from San Diego to visit with her Niece and spend a Saturday with her favorite UFOhana. Mahalo Aunty!

1-050215 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

Until Friday and a Happy Mother’s Day to all our UFOhana Moms out there!

Ancient hands beckon,
Eyes full of wisdom flicker,
A kolohe smile . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,


042715: Kanikapila at UFOHQ This Friday

Aloha Ka Kou!

The Campbell Hall is still booked this week so we’re convening at the UFOHQ this Friday. Run time from 7:30 till whenever. BYPotLuck, some Healthy (but not too healthy) Main Dish/Salad/Dessert, BYOGear (a music stand and maybe a folding chair) and of course some Aloha to pass onto others.

It was another very busy weekend and we have the pictures . . . starting with the Elks Fancy Port-a-gee Dinner Night (click the collages to access the albums):

1-042415 Elks Kanikapila

Mahalo to the Elks for a great dinner and for being such gracious hosts month after month. Then it was onward to Sonoma for a special kanikapila at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. A beautiful redwood structure built in 1916 and made available to us by the wonderful women of the SVWC. Mahalo to Dorothy Lund for all your help with setup and for opening up this beautiful club house to the UFOhana and Hula Mai. Mahalo to Betty Ann Bruno and Hula Mai for sharing their fabulous Hula and special brand of Aloha with us. Mahalo to Ted, Joe and Kimo for keeping the strumming alive at the Sleeping Lady. Hope you folks had a great time there.

1-042515 Sonoma Kanikapila

Then it was back to school on Sunday, Contra Costa Culinary College that is, where our own Jon and Marvin (from Hilltop Ukulele Lovers Academy) are Alumi. Mahalo Nui Loa to Jon and Debbie for inviting us out to this Ono-licious event!

1-042615 Contra Costa College Culinary Food & Wine Festival

Spirits of the past,
Returns in music and song,
Gifts for the future.

Got to get caught up on some sleep and rest up the back . . . take care all.

Aloha A Hui Hou,



042115: it’s fancy dinner night at the elks . . .


. . . this Friday! Please take note of the Menu below from Joe Tato. Sounds delicious! Better RSVP ASAP (no later than this Wednesday 5pm)!

A Special Portuguese Dinner!

Elk Fancy Dinner presents: Portuguese Night Friday, April 24th Bar Opens at 5pm Dinner at 7pm and the Ukuleles will play after dinner 

$30 per person (includes 1 glass of Portuguese wine)
Caldo Verde (kale & linguica sausage soup)
Bacalhau Bras (salted cod with potatoes)
Cozido Portuguesa (stew)
Rroz de Pato (rice flavored with duck)
Arrozo Doce (rice pudding)
$10 kid meal – burger & fries

Please RSVP to or 415.454.8835 no later than Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:00 PM

The UFOhana will be congregating at the bar at our usual time.

Images from last week . . .

First there was the Hula Mai Halau Ho’ike Practice and Friday Kanikapila . . . aka 5 Hours of Endless Mele, ‘Ono ‘Aina ahiahi (Delicious Dinner) and Hula!

(Click collages to access photo album) . . .  Hula Mai Practice below:

041715 Hula Mai Practice

. . . . then right into Kani – time!


And then onto Wahine Moe Moe (Sleeping Lady) . . . where else will you find a family of Ukulele Twins?

041815 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

All and all a pretty ‘Standard’ weekend 7 hours of Ukulele, Mele and Hula  for the UFOhana . . . . are we getting too old yet?

As a reminder some of us will  be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club this Saturday 2-4pm.  There will be a group at Sleeping Lady as well. For those of you attending the Sonoma Valley Kanikapila please consider feeding the donation jar as a Mahalo for opening their doors to us.  Mahalo to Betty Ann for her all her effort(s)  in bringing Kanikapila to Sonoma. STRUM ON!

Young faces glowing,
Thrill of an Ukulele,
Soaring through mele.

Once again, Mahalo Nui Loa for all that you do for Nohea and myself. Thanks to your generous donations we were able to purchase more chairs, paper and toner for our copier, plates, dinner ware . . . and keep the HQ open for our UFO Pilots.

Malama Pono,


041315: We’re at UFO Hq this Friday . . .

Aloha All,

We’ll be congregating at the UFO HQ this Friday. Same run time as usual, 7:30 to whenever . . . BYPotluck (healthy to semi-health dishes), BYOGear (music stands and maybe chairs, just in case, remember Murphy’s 5th Law), BYAloha to share with everyone, of course . . .

Btw, we’ll be holding band practice from 5pm – 7pm with Halau Hula Mai this Friday. We’re asking that everyone refrain from coming earlier than 7pm to prevent disruptions. Mahalo Nui for your Kokua (assistance).

Meanwhile, here are the images from the Elks Kanikapila last Friday (click the collages below for album images):

1-041015 Elks Kanikapila

. . . and below, the Sleeping Lady Kanikapila where we were graced with Kumu Lynn Roth’s Hula! That’s her below right in white with her sister in the black jacket. Lovely! Such a treat to have them both at Wahine Moe Moe.

1-041115 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

A Second Bloom,
Flowers flowing gracefully,
Hula Wahine.

Mahalo Nui Loa, once again, to all of you that make Kanikapila in our lives possible and to all of you that help with your generous donations and your continued assistance with all our events.

Ok, have a great week everyone! Hope to see you this Friday.

Malama Pono Kakou,


040815: We’re at the elks this friday . . .


Good Evening UFOhana,
I hope you all had a Happy Easter and a (Happy) Passover. Hard to believe, but it’s already the second Friday of April! Which means we’re at the Elks this Friday. So we’ll see you there at our usual run time of 7pm to 10pm. I’m sure the Elks will be cooking up their usual delicious meal for a nominal fee.

Mahalo Nui Loa, once again, to all of you for sharing your Mele, Aloha, Ono-licious Foods and your Kokua (help)  with KP duty at last Friday’s Kanikapila . . .  (click collages for photo albums) . . .

1-040315 UFOHQ Kanikapila

We had a pretty full house at the Sleeping Lady the next day . . . complete with a new Conch Shell blower (Mark, who else?  He can be seen in the Photo Album, click collage below). We were even treated to a Hula for Waimanalo Blues!

Btw, on the 25th we will holding another Kanikapila in Sonoma (no worries there will be a flight crew at SL too), But instead of the Bistro it will be held at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, located not too far from our previous venue. Here’s a link to their site .  This one looks very promising, all they ask is that we donate tips to The Club to help defray costs. Mahalo to Betty Ann and Crew for finding and arranging this one. Same run time as usual, 2p – 4p, keep in mind that this is not a restaurant you may want to Lunch before coming and BYOBeverage, BYOMusicStands. I think there may be enough chairs but remember Murphy’s 5th Law, “Bring it so you won’t need it.”

1-040415 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

And as if we weren’t having enough fun, Tuesday Night we were lucky enough to have band practice with Hula Mai . . .

1-040715 Hula Mai Practice

Which puts us just over the hump, sliding into another Friday!

Invisible strings,
Connects the hearts of many,
Such is Aloha.

Malama Pono kakou,


033115: We’re at UFOhq this friday. . .


Aloha Ahi Ahi Pau Apau!

Reverend Chip and his ‘Ohana will be busy setting up the Campbell Hall is busy for Easter this weekend so we’re diverting all incoming flight to the UFO HQ for this Friday. Email me at if you need directions to the HQ.

Runtime is from 7:30PM till the last Strummer Drops! BYPotLuck (something yummy and healthy, well ok, maybe not too healthy), BYOChairs (just incase we run out), BYOMusicStands (we only have a few on hand),  BYO . . . well, in general remember Murphy’s 5th Law, “Bring It So You Won’t Need It”, especially your own Ukulele!

Speaking of Chairs, I heard about an ‘exchange’ that went on regarding ‘ownership’ of chairs during our meal break at the last UFOHQ Friday.  I want to make it clear that during our meal break no one really ‘owns’ a chair. Everyone should consider Kaukau Time as an opportunity to socialize and as such, a time to sit with whomever you wish and get caught up with your ‘Ohana.  Which could mean sitting next to someone in ‘’”someone else’s chair”. I’ve noticed that in general most of you are all milling about any way and that there are many empty chairs about.  Which is great, the last thing we need to have bad feelings over who sitting in what chair. In general all we ask is to be good to (malama pono) each other. Of course once our Kanikapila Starts up again, then ‘ownership’ of that chair reverts back to who ever was playing there first . . . . .  that’s how it’s been for the last 15 years.  Mahalo All for your understanding . . .  ‘Nuf said about chairs then.

I’d also like to say on behalf of Nohea (Linda) and myself, Mahalo Nui Loa for your Generous Contributions to the UFOhana Fund (aka the Yellow Tip Bucket) and for those of you who help with the KP (Kitchen Patrol) Duty. It’s a really big help for Nohea and myself to be able to get to bed before 12 so we can start ‘recharging’ for Wahine Moe Moe the next day.  Not to mention helping with the ‘operating’ costs.

We are so blessed to have such a caring ‘Ohana and to think we’re only 15 years into our group’s Krazy Kanikapila! Speaking of which, check out this very cool video from Wikio (aka Wally),  UFOhana 15 Years of Strumming . Wikio did some amazing work on this, not to mention spending hours of his time making the Pupule Pilot (aka UFOSqL) actually sound sane. Wikio  is truly a Kumu Videographer, a master in the craft of making talking stories . . . Mahalo Nui Loa Wikio!

Here are the images from last week’s activities. Click the images below to access the photo albums.

Below: Friday we witnessed the installation of the new Elk Officers . . . congrats to Brudda Stuart on his election of Exalted Ruler.


Then it was Kanikapila time at the Elks Bar . . .


After a fun night it was onward to a funner Saturday at Sleeping Lady . . . complete with harmonica players and Conch Shell blowers!


That following Tuesday we were invited to a Kanikapila at the East Bay Coffee Company for a Hawaiian Night . . .  Mahalo Debbie and Jon Cyr for inviting us . . . H.U.L.A. (Hilltop Ukulele Lovers Academy), their Ukulele Ohana welcomed us with open, uh, strums? You guys are the Bestest!


Just how much fun can an Ukulele Ohana have?   Well I guess that’s enough for now, see you folks this Friday and beyond . . .

Btw, we’ve been invited, once again, this year to perform at the County Fair on July 5th. Stay tuned for more details!

Small eager young hands,
Guided by a memory,
Playing ancient songs.

Malama Pono All,


032415: Fancy dinner night at the elks


Aloha UFOhana,
Well it’s that time of the (end of the) month once again. So we’re meeting the Elks Bar this Friday for Fancy Dinner Night. Woohooo!

The Elks are also installing their new officers that night at 6pm. I understand that the Installation Ceremony is open to anyone interested. I believe it’ll be held at the Carriage House. Dinner will be served at 7PM. Here’s the menu from Brudda Joe Tato:

Elks Fancy Dinner and Installation of New Officer Ceremony
Installation Ceremony of Officers 6:00 PM public welcome
Dinner at 7:00 PM
$25 pp adult, RSVP Required by Wednesday 25th
Prime Rib or Salmon
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sautéed Vegetables
Caesar Salad and Bread
Kid dinner available $10 Hamburger and Fries, Kid Watch available
Email RSVP to: or phone request to: 415-454-8835
Mahalo Nui Loa to Joe and Elk-ders for hosting us once again!

Last Friday was a busy but incredibly fulfilling day. It started with an amazing 100+ Keiki Kanikapila at Lynnette Boosey’s School, Lynwood Elementary. Click below for a link to the photo album.

032015 Lynwood Elementary Kanikapila

To think that just last year we were playing to them and now here they are playing WITH us! Mark was even playing the Bass and doing Ukulele Solos. Then they did an amazing Hanalei Moon, while Nohea hula’d On. As if that wasn’t maika’i enough they even  sang Koke’e, in Hawaiian (of course) beautifully! I’m sure Uncle Dennis was smiling down on them that day . . . Mahalo Lynnette for bringing the Ukulele into their lives and for doing such good work. So heart warming to see them jamming on their Ukes during lunch and running around with their Aloha Shirts. Brought back very fond memories of my elementary school, Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary.

Later that afternoon, after a 1 hour power nap, we had band practice with Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau, Hula Mai, and then right into Friday Night Kanikapila. Our day didn’t end until 12am that morning. If there was only a way to get paid for having this much fun!

032015 UFOHQ Kanikapila

Of course Sleeping Lady was waiting for us the next morning . . .
  032115 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

Ok, so that was it for last week. Pretty fun huh? Thank god there was nothing on Sunday!

An ocean of smiles,
Eager hands ready to strum,
Koke’e at last.