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011415: “W & B” Kanikapila at UFO HQ This Friday!


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana!

Well Linda’s doing much better this week, nothing like a dose of Anti- B’s to improve ones outlook on the New Year. Not to mention make the bronchitis blues go away. Though we’re still grieving Romeo’s loss, it has been softened by all the well wishes and Aloha many of you have shared with us.  Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you . . .

So after seeing all the great outfits we missed from the B&W Hawaiian Formal Kanikapila last Friday we decided that this Friday we would have a “White and Black” (W&B) Hawaiian Formal here at UFOhana HQ.  Kind of backwards hana hou . . . or is that a hou hana? Anyway, we’d love to see you folks again in your great W&B Hawaiian Formals this Friday. Btw, if you need directions to the UFO HQ email me at and I send it your way. Our run times for this Friday are 7pm to till the last strummer falls. BYKauKau (bring a main Pot Luck Dish and/or dessert to share), BYAloha (always!) and we do have chairs and ‘some’ music stands. But in general, remember Murphy’s Law #5, “Bring it so you won’t need it . . . “ otherwise no worries, the UFOhana Universe shall provide. Btw, Linda’s been very busy redecorating the Lanai with a W&B theme. Gorgeous!

Below are the some images from the 9th, Mahalo to Elaine and Wikio for the great photos.

Hey . . . is that Mike at Times Squaaaa . . .  . no way! Has to be another Wikio original.


Click the collage below for photo album . . .


Click below for the Sleeping Lady Kanikapila Album . . . it was great seeing you all again! Good to see Stephanie actually scooting around.


That’s all we have for now . . . hope to see you folks sometime this week . . .

Peering in your heart,
His peaceful soul calms the storm,
One called Romeo . . .


Aloha ʻia Pōpoki Aloha Oe  . . .

Malama Pono All,


010715: B&W Hawaiian Formal at the elks . . .


Aloha All,
We’re at the Elks his Friday, 7p – 10p. In honor of the New Year we’re calling it a Black & White Hawaiian Formal Kanikapila. As you see below we’re asking you wear either Hawaiian or a Formal, just bling it with a little Hawaiian Flair (note Stephanie’s elegant white gown with Gardenias). I know that a couple of our Kane are coming in full Tux!

A Casual Dinner will be made available by the Elks: Big Jim’s BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and potato salad for $10.


Speaking of Stephanie, please send some healing thoughts and Aloha her way as she recovers from ankle surgery. Malama Pono Stephanie!


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Aloha A Hui Hou, Until Friday All!

A spinning blue globe,
Tracing Astral Lines in Space,
Another year past . . .

Hauoli La Hanau Nohea!




. . . sorry all, but Linda’s still not feeling very well so we’ve cancelled this Friday’s Kanikapila. We’ve rescheduled our Black and White / Formal Hawaiian to next Friday, Jan. 9th, at the Elks. I’ll see you folks this Saturday at the Sleeping Lady at the usual time. Much Aloha and Mahalo for being such a great (UF) ‘Ohana!

Hauoli Makahiki Hou e Malama Pono Kakou!


122314: Mele Kalikimaka kā.kou!


From Nohea and Myself we’d like to wish you and your ‘Ohana a Very Merry Christmas! We’re so blessed to have you all in our ‘Ohana and look forward to another fun year together. Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you for your continued support and friendship . . .

And speaking of fun, if you’re not busy on the 26th we’ll be at the Elks Bar this Friday spreading just a little more Christmas Cheer. Usual runtime of 7pm to 10pm. Not sure what the menu is but I’m sure it’ll be something Ono-lisious. BYOG, BYAloha . . . as usual.

Then Saturday, Dec. 27th, we get to do it all over again at the Sleeping Lady, 2p –4p. There’s got to be a law against having so much fun with an Ukulele . . . or not.

Below . . . Christmas Jammies/Ugly Christmas Sweater Friday Night Kanikapila .  .  . click the collage for the photo album .  .  .


Below: Saturday at the Sleeping Lady. It was a special Saturday in that PIKO donated a Bass Guitar and Amp to Lynette Bosey for her Ukulele Class and Award Mark Shen a new Concert (plug in) Ukulele for most promising Keiki Ukulele Students . . .  On behalf the PIKO executive board (Marion, Sandy, Wa’li, Alan and myself) Mahalo to all of you that supported the PIKO Hele On Ukulele Event that made all these Donations and Awards possible.  (Click collage for photo album)

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Mahalo to all of the Sleeping Lady ‘Ohana for contributing to Bethany’s Wedding Card.  She’s been such a great help and support of the Sleeping Lady Kanikapila, we wish her and her Fiancé a wonderful future together.

Sweet Nectars of life,
Mingled with images past,
Blossoms of new hope.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,


121314: Kanikapila at UFOhana HQ this friday . . .

Aloha UFOhana! After another busy weekend of Christmas Cheer and Joy Ukulele Style. We’ve decided to host a “Christmas Pajamas and or Ugly Christmas Sweater Night” here are UFOhana HQ. Linda and I decided that rather than having everyone dress up fancy like for our Christmas Celebration we’d have everyone ‘dress down’ and come in your most comfortable Christmas Themed PJ. We’ll save the fancy dress maybe for New Years? Anyway, if you’re not ‘comfortable’ with PJs, come wearing your Gaudiest/Loudest/Most Interesting/Ugliest Christmas Sweater or maybe even your Nicest? After all if beauty is in the eye of the . . . then where is Ugly in? Btw, Nohea wants to pass on that she’s spotted a good collection of Christmas PJs at our San Rafael Local Goodwill for very reasonable prices. So get them while they’re hot!

If this is your first time attending, email me at and I will send an information sheet out your way. Run time is 7pm to 10/11ish or until the last one drops. BYKauKau (Pot Luck, preferably some kind of main dish), BYOBeverage, BYOGear (music stands, book lights, maybe a chair too, just in case) and always Bring Enough Aloha to share with everyone.

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This Friday was Special Christmas Dinner Night at the Elks Lodge and the UFOhana was asked to Kanikapila there once again  (click collage for album photos). Of course, along with Christmas Carols, we were paid a visit by the “Man in Red” . . . no not Joe!

121214 Elks Christmas Kanikapila

The following morning we were asked to perform that the Fairfax Craft Faire . . .

121314 UFOhana at the Fairfax Craft Faire

Such a great and fun filled Community Event! Mahalo to Jack for allowing us to share in this event. An hour later we were off to the Sleeping Lady and another pack house full of Ukulele Pilots ready for take off! We were once again graced by hula from Hula Mai members of Sonoma County . . . not to mention a first time ever Buckets of Rain Solo from our very own UFOhana Keiki Pilot Mark!

Btw, this Saturday at the Sleeping Lady. My Non-profit, PIKO, will be present Awards and Gifts to Lynette Bosey’s Ukulele Class and to one of her students. Also, we will be circulating a Wedding card for our favorite Bar Tender, Bethany, who will be flying to Alaska for her wedding. We ask that everyone donate a little something to help make her Christmas “Merry and Bright . . . “.

121314 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

I want to add,  since we’re on the topic of Sleeping Lady, that Eli (sometime Saturday Bartender) is a fantastic musician and is about to release a CD of original compositions. Btw, Eli was our 1st Place Winner, Adult Division, at our 2013 Hele On Ukulele Competition. You can check out Eli at his blog: . . . I know . . .  he says it’s pretty heavy duty stuff and not for the feint of heart but very interesting pieces.

Rivers of sadness,
Wash down into placid seas,
Happiness returns  . . .

Stay Dry out there everyone! See you in your PJ’s this Friday!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


120814: We’re at the elks this friday . . .

Aloha UFOhana. We’ll be meeting in the dining area at the Elks. Run time 7p-10p. Special dinner menu is as follows (from Joe Tato and crew):

If you plan to join us this Friday, December 12th at 7PM for our Annual Family Holiday we’ll need your RSVPs by Thursday 5PM.   This is a served dinner please arrive on time.  Reservations are required.  $25 adults/$10 kids

The two menu options are:
1) Smoked Grilled Pork Chop, Potato Cake, Braised Red Cabbage, and Caramelized Apples
2) Panko-Crusted Salmon with Yellow Mole, Stewed Black Beans and Yellow Squash Noodles

Both courses start with a salad and end with a dessert. 

Kids menu:
Grilled Burgers and Fries.

Holiday music by the Ukulele Friends Ohana and a visit from Santa following dinner.  When making your reservation please communicate if you have children joining us (boy or girl and ages).

Please reserve by calling our lodge secretary at 415-454-8835 or email

Activities Committee
Joe, Tad, Justin, Karin and Del

As usual is BYOGear (music stands, music lights, etc.) and as always BYAloha!

By the way, this Saturday, Dec. 13th, we’ve been invited to perform at the Fairfax Craft-Faire 12p – 1p at the Pavilion. Please be there no later than 11:30a if you’ll be performing with us. If you have them, bring your 2014 Winter Flight Manual from the Mill Valley festival.  After the Fairfax Faire it’s onward to the Sleeping Lady Right.

We had a busy weekend this past week and here are the images to prove it. Just click the collages to view the Albums….

First there was Friday Kanikapila at the UFO HQ:
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We were paid a surprise visit by member of Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau, Hula Mai. Making for a full night of Hula and Mele . . .

Second was Sleeping Lady Kanikapila:
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As if one night of Kanikapila wasn’t enough, we got to do again at the Sleeping Lady . . .

Then onto the Mill Valley Winterfest Tree Lighting Gig:

The Uke Pilots made sure that Mill Valley rocked with Christmas Tunes, Hula, and lots of Aloha. I believe the ‘Ohana was very well received by the Mill Valley-nites. Mahalo Nui Loa to Tucker for introducing Ukulele ‘The Town’ and to all the ‘Ohanas for being the bestest Ukulele Pilots in the Bay Area! Mahalo to Charlotte, Linda, Marion, Leslie and the Ina Kanoe Dancers for their beautiful Hulas.

We’ll that’s enough for now. Hope you’re having a great week and see you folks at the next Kanikapila(s) . . .

Hands move gracefully,
Following movements in time,
Eyes glisten with joy . . .

Malama Pono,


120314: Kanikapila at UFO HQ this Friday


Aloha All,
They are having a special fundraising event at the Campbell Hall this Saturday and need to prep it Friday night. As a result, we’ve moved the Kanikapila to UFO HQ this Friday.  Run time 7pm – the last one stops strumming. BYKaukau (some kind of main dish and/or a dessert), BYOGear (mainly music stands, and a folding chair, just in case) and of course BYOAloha to share with the ‘Ohana.

I sent an email out earlier this week about this. But if you didn’t get it or just don’t have the address and are interested in attending this Friday, send me an email at .  Keep in mind that I don’t check emails after 4pm Friday as we’re usually prepping for the Kanikapila at that time.

In that same email I also mentioned that we’ve been invited by Tucker to perform with the Ukulele Jubilee at the Mill Valley 2014 Winterfest this Sunday, Dec. 7th. We’ll be performing at the Depot Plaza, 85 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley, CA. Performance time is 4:30pm (NOT 4:45 as listed on the their website) to 5:15pm. Please be there by 4:00pm for stage setup. In the email I sent around this week was a PDF of the Flight Manual for the event (for those of you who want to practice before the event).  I will bring printed and bound manuals to the event as well. Btw, don’t forget to bring ‘Wind Clips’ in case it starts to blow. Being it’s Mill Valley and parking is always at a premium, Car Pooling is highly recommend. Also, since we’ll be performing later in the day and it’s Mill Valley so you may want to dress warm and in layers. BYOGear, and remember the UFOhana’s 5th Rule, “Bring it so you won’t need it”. There will be a tented stage, but it is still out doors. Mahalo to Tucker for the invite and to both he and Rick for help with the songs for this event.

THEN . . . . . next Saturday, Dec. 13, we’ve been invited to perform at the Fairfax Pavilion for their Annual Winter Craft Fair. Performance times 12p – 1p, after which we pack up and power down to the Sleeping Lady for more Ukulele Jamming. Please be there no later than 11:30p for stage setup. We’ll probably use the same flight manual from the Mill Valley event . . .

Ok, here are the images from last week. Click the collages below for album access.

Friday Night Kanikapila at the Elks:
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Sleeping Lady Kanikapila:

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There are more events coming down the pipe so keep checking back here for details . . .

Clouds heavy with rain,
Azure blue pierce the darkness,
A Rainbow’s promise.

Malama Pono All,


112614: Kanikapila at the elks this Friday


Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i UFOhana! Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving and quality time with your ‘Ohana.

We’ll be gathering at the Elks this Friday. Usual start and end time of 7p – 10p. Not sure what’s on the menu just yet. But Joe Tato says it’ll probably be, “Anything but Turkey”. BYOGear and BYAloha of course. Mahalo once again to the Elks for Hosting us!

It was a full weekend of UFOhana events last week. Click on collages below to view albums of the events.

Below: Last week’s Friday Night Kanikapila at UFOhana HQ . . .

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Saturday was the SOSL (Support Our Sleeping Lady) Kanikapila. Mahalo to all of you and to Betty Ann Bruno from bringing her Halau to help support and sharing your Aloha at the Sleeping Lady Fund Raiser…

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Sunday was the Elks Thanksgiving Dinner and Blue Star Moms events…


That does it for now. Wish you all a great time your families and hope to see you at the Elks this Friday.

Mahalo Nui,
Words of great thanks from beyond,
Shared with ‘Ohana . . .

From Nohea and myself. We give thanks to Akua for our wonderful UFOhana and our friends at the Elks and Sleeping Lady.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,


111814: Kanikapila at UFOhana HQ this friday . . .


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Thought I get this out sooner than later. We’ll be gathering the UFOhana Headquarters  (our home) this Friday. Email me at if you need instruction to UFO HQ.  It’ll be a night of BYKaukau (Main dish or dessert), BYOChair (just in case we don’t have enough), BYOGear and of course, BYAloha to share with everyone else.

This Saturday (November 22) is S.O.S.L.  (Support Our Sleeping Lady) Day, aka a Fund Raiser for Sleeping Lady. We’ll be passing around a calabash donation bowl at the Kanikapila and ask that everyone donate no less $5 to Wahine Moemoe (Sleeping Lady). Please pass this onto your own ‘Ohana, invite them to come and Kanikapila or just spectate, enjoy the Kanikapila and help support Sleeping Lady. I understand that there will be other performers coming in after our 2p-4p gig doing like wise. Let’s all help keep this wonderful ‘Ukulele Friendly Venue open!

Below are the links (click the collages) for the CHEMPI fund raiser at the Elks and yet another fun Saturday at the Sleeping Lady . . .

Mahalo Nui Loa to the Elks (Mike, Stewart, Dennis, Joe, Tad, Mark, Karina, Sarah and many others) for allowing the UFOhana to participate in their fundraiser. Mike and Elaine were feature artists at the CHEMPI dinner singing, “Wind Beneath Your Wings” . . . beautiful!

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Also, for those of you interested please note the following from Joe Tato:

From: Joseph Tato <>
Subject: Lodge Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Blue Star Mom Packing/Donation Drive-Nov 23
Date: November 16, 2014 at 8:37:29 PM PST
Cc: Tad Inouye <>, “” <>, Justin Kaufman <>, “Delfin D. Medina Jr.” <>, Secretary #1108 <>

Reply-To: Joseph Tato <>

Please join us at the lodge this Sunday, November 23 at 6PM for our annual San Rafael Elks Thanksgiving Dinner.  Bar opens at 5PM.  $15 per person. RSVPs required, please respond by Friday, November 21st.  Reserve by calling 415-454-8835 or emailing Monica, at

Diner Rolls
Roasted Yams
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Apple/Sausage Dressing
Roasted Turkey
Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin and Apple Pie

Immediately following the dinner help us pack over 30 care packages for our troops.  Please consider sponsoring items to pack (see attachment) or sponsor shipping a box for $15.  If you want to donate money to help purchase items or pay for shipping please drop a check in the secretary’s box in the lobby or call Monica with your credit card information.

PS…we also need letter and holiday cards to stuff the boxes

Sound delicious! Linda and I hope to see you there . . .

Below, the crew at Wahine Moemoe, Mark focused as usual . . . plus we were treated to Hula by members from Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau.

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Familiar thoughts,
Echoes in empty hallways,
Shadows fade to black  . . .

The cold night is starting to seep into the Hale. Time  for this Kane to moemoe in our warm ka’anu’a . . .

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,


11.13.14: Kanikapila at the elks this Friday . . .


. . . we’ll be in the bar this time . . . Special CHEMPI Fundraiser Steak Dinner will be provided by the Elks for $20. RSVP with Stewart Munson at .

Check CHEMPI out here , it’s for a great cause to support for just $20 and a great meal. Plus is a way for the UFOhana to say Mahalo Nui to the Elks for sharing their beautify lodge with us. Also, for the Jefferson Starships fans out there Linda Imperial Band will be performing in the Dining Hall across the way after the dinner (8ish) with a $10 cover charge. The Kanikapila should be starting around 7/7:30ish at the Bar.

I haven’t had time this week to post the photos from last week’s Kanikapila . . . I’ll update the blog when I do . .  .

So there you have it . . . sounds like a busy fun night at the Elks hope to see you all there! Btw, we’re back at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, 2p –4p.

An Asphalt Rainbow,
Rain Clouds dancing on hilltops,
Blessings from beyond . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,