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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.



031815: We’re the ufohq this friday

Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

We’re gathering at UFOHQ once again this Friday. Same runtime as last week, 7PM until the last Pilot Stops Strumming. BYOPotLuck (aka Kaukau) something yummy and healthy (but as usual, desserts are also very welcome), BYOMusicStands, BYOFoldingChair (just in case we don’t have enough) and of course BYAlohaNuiLoa to share with everyone! Next Friday, 3/27/15, we’ll be back at the Elks Bar for our usual Special Dinner Kanikapila.

From Nohea, Jake (the Popoki) and myself, Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that participated in our 15th Anniversary Kanikapila. Your Aloha made it such a special and joyous event. Not to mention the out pouring of Hula from our lovely Hula Maidens! The mea ‘ai (food) was ‘ono loa (VERY delicious) and made that much more special when shared among friends.  We also want to thank all of that helped with the clean up. I couldn’t believe that there was not a dish to wash, or garbage and re-cycles to take out, at the end of the night! Our UFOhana Rocks big time! Mahalo also for the makana (gifts), the beautiful orchid lei, cards, pictures and sweets were not at all necessary but so appreciated by us both.

Below are images from the last week’s Kani’s . . . 1st up is the 15th Year Anniversary Images (click each collage to access the album):


Then we jammed at Wahine Moe Moe . . . btw, wasn’t little Mark great on the bass when he did Octopus’s Garden? It’s amazing the talent that have blossomed from our Keiki!


Hills of Shifting sand,
Makani Blows from the East,
Brings Distant Strumming . . .

Malama Pono All!

See you this Friday (and Saturday),


031315: We’re at ufoHQ tOnight!


Aloha All,
We’ll be celebrating our 15th year of Friday Night Kanikapila tonight at UFOHQ (email me at for an address if needed). Runtime is from 7PM until the last Pilot Stops Strumming. BYOPotLuck (aka Kaukau) something yummy and healthy (but desserts are also very welcome), BYOMusicStands, BYOFoldingChair (just in case we don’t have enough) and BYAlohaNuiLoa to share with everyone!

I’ve been working on compiling 15 years of UFOhana Images so I won’t post any here today. If you want a copy of the 5000+ images let me know and I’ll burn a DVD for you.

Ok I gotta get back to the Images . . .

Endless memories,
An eternal beginning,
Reaching for the Light.



030512: Campbell hall Kanikapila this Friday

Aloha everyone,

It’s that time of the (new) month so we’re at the (click following link for directions) Campbell Hall for our Kanikapila this Friday (03/06/15). Run time 6:30p – 9:30p. BYOPOTLUCK (something healthy and yummy to share), BYOGear (music stands and lights) and BYAloha! Mahalo Nui to Rev. Chip and Linda Lee for hosting us once again in your beautiful hall. Like a wa’a from Heaven.

Next Friday (3/13/15), will mark the 15th year of Friday Night Kanikapila for the UFOhana. We’re asking that everyone wear something Aloha, festive, to honor our 15th, and Green and White to honor St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll be holding the event at UFO HQ, where it all started 15 years ago. If need instructions email me at: . Run time is 7pm – Wheneva,  BYKaukau/Pot Luck, should be ok on chairs, but you might need music stands and lots of Aloha to share with everyone.

This Sunday (030815), 10a-12p, at UFOHQ, per popular request, I will be holding a Basic Ukulele and Hawaiian Style Strumming workshop. We’ll be going over (almost) everything you need to know to start you down the “Ukulele Way”. We’ll also go over the Hawaiian Style Double Strum and “Moloka’I” Strum (aka Double Up Strum), introduction to the triple strum and time permitting, topics from the Ukulele  Pilots in Training.  Cost is $25 (cash preferred, checks are OK, includes a Manual), email me at if you’re interested.

Last Friday was the biggest In A Canoe Hula Jam Eva! Click the collage below for the album. There’s even a short video at the very end of the Album. Sorry about picture quality, I only had my phone camera with me . . .


Next day was a capacity crowd at the Plaza Bistro in Sonoma  . . .  Mahalo Betty and (Sonoma) Kimo for setting this one up . . . it was a really magical day, “In Hawaii we’re blessed by a light shower . . . in Sonoma we were blessed by Hail!”. Very Cool! Mahalo Mary, Wikio, BadPoi, Kimo, Gary for helping out with the Mele, you guys Pohaku Nui Loa! Click below for images of event and “What the Hail!”


Mahalo to Ted, Lynette, Kimo, Elaine and Mike for keeping the strumming going last Friday at Wahine Moe Moe! Nice to know we have Senior Pilots out there keeping the UFOhana Squadron Flying . . . .

Then as if we weren’t ‘blessed’ enough by the Sonoma Hail, we actually got to participate in the He’e Nalu Canoe Blessing this past Sunday. Beautifully done by Kumu Lynn Roth who is also a Local Kumu Hula from the Island of Greenbrae. Please keep her in mind of you’re interested in exploring the Hula Universe . . .  click below for album . . .


Softness in Oli,
But a strength in the message,
A Wa’a is blessed.

Ok, I’m toast for now.
Mahalo Nui Loa Nohea for always being by my and side . . .



022615:Elks Kanikapila this Friday


Aloha All,

It’s that time of the month again, Fancy Dinner Night at the Elks . . . of course! Which means we’ll be strumming away at the Elks this Friday. Please be sure to RSVP for a dinner by Thursday if you will be dining with us, see the menu below, from Joe Tato, for details. Looks pretty good, even includes a bottle of Wine for a table of 8! Mahalo Joe and the Elk-ders for Hosting the UFOhana once again.
Monthly Elk Fancy Dinner
Dinner served in the Dining Room at 6:45
$30 per person

Reserve a table for 8 and enjoy a bottle of
French wine, compliments of the kitchen
Four Course Family Style Menu

Hors d’oeuvre: Charcuterie
Soup: French Cream of Artichoke
Main Entrees with sides: Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin
Dessert: Vanilla cream crepes with hot chocolate sauce

$10 Kid Option-Burger & Fries

Ukuleles in the Drake Bar after dinner

RSVP   with the or 415.454.8835

Btw, unless things change, we’ll probably be at Campbell Hall next week. We’re usually there the 1st Friday of the Month, we’ll need a bass player for that night. Anybody out there available?

Click below for an album of images from last week Friday . . .
1-022015 Elks Kanikapila

Also, I’ll be conducting a Kanikapila in Sonoma this Saturday, 2p -4p, at the Plaza Bistro.  Here’s a link to their website for directions and such:

However, there will be a UFOhana Flight Crew at the Sleeping Lady running the Kanikapila for that day. Mahalo Lynette, Ted, Elaine, Mike, Kimo  and to all of you for keeping the strumming going at The Lady!

Oh, if you’ll be joining us in Sonoma, we ask that you dress in Hawaiian Attire. Just to set the mood and to provide good Photo Ops for the Sonoma papers / news groups.

Below, click below for images from last week’s Sleeping Lady Experience . . .

1-022115 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

Btw, while having breakfast this past Sunday we spotted this (huge) beautiful bird, sitting atop an old juniper tree, from our kitchen window.  Anybody know what kind it is? Seems like it’s having ‘breakfast’ too…


. . . and speaking of Beautiful Birds, uh, Chicks, uh Babes  . . .  


This Sunday is He’e Nalu’s Canoe Blessing and membership drive. I know a few of you have paddled ‘In A Canoe’ a few times. Here’s your chance to see a whole flotilla up close and personal, maybe even take a ride in one. Plus if you haven’t had enough Uke-ing this past weekend, a small flight crew of the UFOhana will be there as well, so come an join in for the Kanikapila . . . Mahalo Nui to Napili Bob for the invite.

HNOCC Blessing schedule-cropped

Sun plays on water,
Diamonds of light beckon,
Wa’a lay in wait . . .  (Wa’a = Canoe)

Looks like were in for another busy weekend of fun! Hope to see you all sometime soon.

Aloha A Hui Hou,


021715: We’re at the Elks this Friday…

Aloooooha UFOhana!

Well, here we are staring down hump day (my apologies to any camels out there) . . . hope you’ve all been enjoy this untimely wonderful weather. But do remember to conserve water now, I have we’re in for a “hot one” come summer.

We’ll be at the Elks this Friday, in Da’ Bar. BYOGear (book lights and music stands), as usual an Ono-licious (pidgin for Yummy Food) dinner will be provided by Elks for a nominal fee, and as always, BYAloha to share with each other and the Elk members. Our Mahalos to the Elks (Joe, Tad, Sarah, Karin, Mike, Stuart, Dennis, Monica and the many others) for once again opening your doors to the UFOhana. Also, want to pass this fun fundraising event from Elks, happening this Saturday:


Starting 3:00 p.m.  to 10:00 p.m.
3:00 – 5:00 Games: Nintendo Wii bowling, jumpy house, crawfishing, bingo horse racing ($5 band for kids) Adult pay per game. Fun foods available
5:00 – 6:00 Cocktails (hurricanes, jello-shots & oysters) & Parade
6:00 – New Orleans Style Dinner & Auction
Menu – Low country salad, Catfish, Etouffe, Jambalaya and rice. Beignets & Coffee for dessert
Dinner – $30.00 per person/$10.00 kids 12 and under – kid watch available.
Auction Items include: B&B Stay, Golf Outing, Tunes on the Terrace VIP Package; Disc Golf Day for Four …. RSVP TO SECRETARY@ ELKS1108.ORG OR 415-454-8835

Sounds like fun and a great way to help support the Elks! I’ll be there taking photos, hope to see you folks there! Great place to grab a bite on your way home from “A Kanikapila” that day . . .

****ATTENTION ALL: UFOhana Pilot In Need of TLC ****

1-DSCN9661Please send your warmest Alohas and plenty of good mana to Ralph, Charlene, and of course Lulu. Ralph is currently recovering from heart surgery. That’s Ralph and Lulu on the left . . . Get well soon Ralph!

Malama pono!



Mahalo to Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau and to the UFOhana members that managed to attend last week’s Red & White Kanikapila. You all made it a very joyous and happy event. Nohea and I hope to share many more with you all. Click the collage below to view the album of images.

1-021315 UFOHQ Kanikapila & Halau Practice

As you can see from the album it was a night of great food, friends, hula and of course, music. Then we got to do it again at the Sleeping lady…. woof!

1-021415 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

It was the afternoon of the Harp Players (no less than three, we missed you Rick!) . . . and Kazoo-ers?

Btw, for those of you interested I will be holding an Ukulele Workshop March 8th, Sunday, 10a – 12p, at UFOHQ. Cost is $25, which includes a manual. We’ll go over some basic ukulele concepts, basic strumming techniques, tab basics, and riffs from some our our UFOhana favorites. Please RSVP with if you’re interested.


Also, for those of you interested, Reverend Chip (our host at the Campbell Hall), is offering up this special event below. He’s also putting out a invitation to any Ukulele Players interested in performing  prior to the event that day. Please email me at if you’re interested and I’ll put you in touch with Reverend Chip.


Ok, I think that’s all I have for now . . .

Though we all will pass,
And the wall of time runs wide,
All hearts join as one.

Hope to see you all this Friday at the Elks!



021215: Red & White Kanikapila at UFOHQ This FRiday!

Attention all UFOhana Pilots! If you haven’t heard already, we’ve changed the venue from the Elks to the UFOhana HQ this Friday. Dress theme is Red and White Hawaiian (or not), in honor of St. Valentine’s Day! Sooooooo, Cupid Draw back your Booowwww! Run time is from 7:30p till we all agreed we’ve had enough. BYKauKau (i.e. Pot Luck), BYMusic Stands, we should be ok with chairs but keep one in your trunk just in case (remember Murphy’s 5th Law . . . ), and of course BYAloha to share with your ‘Ohana.

On behalf of the UFOhana I want to extend a Mahalo Nui Loa to Reverend Chip for hosting us last week! Always a great time in that beautiful hall and Mahalo to Maggie for putting in the bottom! Click on the image below for an album of that night . . .

Btw, don’t forget to check out Wikio’s (aka Wali, aka Wally, aka, Wallace) ‘ao ‘ao na Wikio page for “everything ‘Ukulele”. Just look for it near the right corner of our blog just below the banner images.  He’s got a great article about 100 years of ‘Ukulele in San Francisco. Mahalo Nui Wikio for all you do for the UFOhana (and me). Great Article!

020615 Campbell Hall Kanikapila

Click on the following collage for more images from Sleeping Lady, sadly, this may be Bethany’s last Saturday with us . . .  Mahalo Bethany for taking should good care of us!

020715 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

Dark Clouds give to light,
Aka La smiles warmly down,
The Aina glows green.

Malama Pono!


020315: We’re at Campbell hall this friday

Aloha All,

We’re the beautiful Christ Church Campbell Hall this week. Here’s a link for directions: . Mahalo to Rev. Chip and Linda for hosting the UFOhana. Run time 6:30p – 9:30p, BYKaukau (i.e. Pot Luck), BYOGear (music stands and books lights), BYAloha (of course) to share with all.

Just to give everyone a head start  . . . Next week, Friday the 13th, Kanikapila will be held the UFO HQ (email me at for directions). The dress theme will be Hawaiian Red & White in honor of Valentines day. Runtime 7pm – till your too tired to play . . .  as usual BYKauKau (bring “Love Food”) of course remember Murphy’s 5th Law when it comes to bring gear, and be ready to share lots of Aloha . . .

So as some of you may know. Wally (aka Wikio) is developing a page on this blog. So please excuse our Construction Dust, bear with us while we test things out. Mahalo.

Meanwhile . . . here the images from last week, click the images to access the photo albums.

First, the Friday Kani . . .


and then onward to Wahine Moe Moe . . .

1-013115 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

We’re almost half way there . . . hang in there and have a great work week . . . I’m sure there is such a thing?

From a soft whisper,
To Words roaring off a page,
Brought to life with song.

See you folks this Friday!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


01.28.15: Kanikapila at UFO HQ this friday . . .

Aloha All,
It’s the 5th Friday of the month, which means we’ll be at UFOhana HQ this Friday. Run time is 7:00pm till whenever . . . BYKaukau (Bring something for Pot luck – like a main dish or healthy Salad), BYGear (We’re probably good for chairs and music stands but remember Murphy’s 5th law – bring it so you won’t need it), BYOBeverage and always BYAloha to share with your ‘Ohana. Email me at if you need an address / directions to UFOHQ.

Here are the collage links to photos of last week’s Kanikapila at the Elks . . .

1-012315 Elks Kanikapila

Click the collage below for the Sleeping Lady Album for last Saturday . . .

1-012415 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

Btw, on February 28, we’ll be holding the first (hopefully to become a monthly) UFOhana Kanikapila at the Plaza Bistro in Sonoma. Here’s a link to their website: . Run time will be same as Sleeping Lady, 2pm – 4pm. Please do pass this onto your friends / Ohana up North and encourage them to come join us.  For those of you who can make it that far up North, there should be someone at the Sleeping Lady running the Kani in my absence. Below is a panoramic of the room we’ll be holding the event in. Btw, did I mention they have great food there too?


Once again, mahalo nui loa to all the well wishes and get well soons you folks have been passing onto Nohea and myself. This cold / flu is a stickler but nothing a exercising the lungs by attending a good Kanikapila!

Blended harmonies,
Synchronicity of dance,

Aloha A Hui Hou ka kou!