060715:WE’RE AT THE ELKS THIS FRIDAY–NO PANCHO VILLA SATURDAY . . .

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Aloha All,

We’ll be at the San Rafael Elks Lodge this Friday our for our usual second Friday Kanikapila the the Best Elks Lodge in the County! Dinner will be served for a nominal fee with a usual run time of 7pm –10pm. Mahalo once again to our Elkders for their continued support and generosity. In fact many of our UFOhana are now Elks themselves. If you haven’t already you may want to approach Joe, Stewart, Tad, Charlotte, Sandy, Lopaka, or myself (to start) to inquire about joining the Elks.

This past Friday Rev. Chip and Linda Lee hosted us at the Campbell Hall in Sausalito. Check it out below (click collages for albums). Mahalo to Brudda John for provide the ‘heart beat’ that night.

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Saturday was our first kanikapila at Pancho Villa’s . . . Mahalo to Sherri who drove all the way down from Santa Rosa to provide Bass support and of course Mahalo Nui Loa to Kelly Day Medina for hosting us this past Saturday at her establishment, Pancho Villa’s. The food, drink and her wait staff was fabulous. I understand that overall we were well received except for the parking issue. Kelly had asked that we don’t use her parking lot because of the length of time we’re there and yet some did not honor her request. I heard that some of the staff observed that the public was being drawn in by our music but had no place to park and left, lost revenue . . .  please help out Pancho Villa’s business by refraining  from parking in her lot during Kanikapila. There’s parking lot about a block away (towards San Anselmo) that’s open during the weekends and always some spaces along Sir Francis Drake. Please do not park in the immediate neighborhood or in the Good Earth lot either (I hear they may tow). We all want to be good neighbors to the Fairfaxians. As members of the UFOhana we should remember we’re suppose to bring Aloha, not stress, to our hosts and their neighbors. Mahalo for your Kokua.

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Unfortunately, we won’t be at Pancho’s this Saturday, June 13th. We’ll be performing at the Fairfax Fair Redwood Stage: http://www.fairfaxfestival.com/music/ . 12p – 1:30p. Please be there by 11am for setup so we’ll be ready to go at 12 noon. Remember that parking can be a challenge there so do factor that in. BYOGear . . . consider Murphy’s 5th law, “Bring it So You Won’t Need It!”

UFOhana Member Support Alert . . . I just heard that very own Leslie Freed, of Bogie’s Café and long time UFOhana Pilot, will be performing (a sort of recital for her music study group/workshop) at the Hop Monk Tavern in Novato this Monday (06/08/15) at 8:30PM. Among many of Leslie’s talents, along with Hula, Ukulele, Acting, Singing, and god knows how many more, is playing the Bass! Which she will be playing at the HMT that night.  I’ll be attending the performance, I’ll probably have a late dinner there must before, say 7:30p or so. Anybody want to join me? Please come by if you can and lend your support to our very own Wahine Bass Commander, Leslie Freed.

Saturday, June 20th, we’ll be away (i.e. no Pancho Villa’s) performing for Betty Ann Bruno and her Halau, at Hula Mai’s Ho’ike. We hope some you’ll all be able to make this one. Sandy, Mary, Wally and Myself will be Halau Band for that day and IT’S FREE! A generous gift from Betty Ann and her Halau to their Sonoma ‘Ohana.

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. . . and speaking of Sonoma, that following Saturday, the 27th, we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. 2 to 4 PM. We hope to be back at Pancho Villa’s on July 4th. So stay tuned.

Btw, we’ve been asked to perform at the County Fair once again this year. July 5th 2:30p-3:00p at the 3 Twins Solar Stage (formerly the Ben and Jerry Stage). Please send me an email at kaleikoa@piko.ws if you will be participating. There’s a limit on the tickets so get your RSVPs in ASAP! 1st to RSVP = 1st to Get Tickets. Mahalo to Marion, Charlie Barboni and the Civic Center Department of Cultural Arts and Visitor Services for hosting us!

Oh, did I mention that Lynnette has about 40 of her Keiki performing on July 1st 3:30p – 4:00p, at the 3 Twins Stage? I’ll be there assisting her Lynnwood Elementary Ukulele Academy in her absence.  You may want to drop by just to be amazed by the talent she’s fostered from her Keiki. It’s very inspiring to see 40 4th and 5th graders sharing the same love of the Ukulele as we do. If only we had someone like Lynnette when we were in elementary school!

Talk about a busy month huh? If there was only some way we could all make a decent living at all this fun . . . . .  nah, then it wouldn’t be fun . . . . right?

uKeKu
Keeping steady beats,
Shadows play across the floor,
Hula moves through time.

Aloha A Hui Hou,
-=SqL+Nohea+Cat-zilla=-

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Change the Channel Jake!

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060415: SATURDAY KANIKAPILA AT PANCHO VILLA!

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Good News Everyone, we’re in at Pancho Villa for this Saturday, 2p – 4p!  Mucho Gracias to Compadre Al Bernes for setting this up for us.  There’s a very small parking lot up front and they’re asking that we save those for their Non-Ukulele Customers. Here’s a link to their site and location: http://www.panchosfairfax.com/locations/  .  Still looking for a Bass Player for both Friday and Saturday Kanikapila . . .
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Adios Todos!

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060415: Kanikapila at campbell hall–NO BAREFOOT café SATURDAY

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For those of you that did get it from the last post, we’re meeting at Campbell Hall in Sausalito this Friday. Runtime of 6:30p – 9:30p. BYPotLuck, BYGear, you folks know the routine. . . .     Also, we need a Bass Player for this Friday. Email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws if you’re up for it, Mahalo in advance.

Regarding Saturday Kanikapila. Just got call from Tony, the owner of Barefoot, says he was just notified that since there are 8 apartments in their building that they cannot have “Live Music”.  He apologizes for the short notice and sounded very bummed that we were not going to be there. He did recommended that we look into contacting someone at Pancho Villa about using their big patio. He mentioned that the 2p – 4p time was pretty slow for them as well and they should be glad to have us there. Anybody have a contact at Pancho Villa that we can approach?  Btw, we’ll need a Bass Player for Saturday Kanikapila (I’m sure we’ll find a place – There’s always UFO HQ) as well, again email me if you can play for us.

Ok that’s all I have for now.

Mahalo Nui ,
-=SqL+Nohea=-

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060115: SPECIAL TUESDAY kANIKAPILA @ SAN RAFAEL JOE’S!

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Aloha Everyone! Just another reminder about this special Kanikapila tomorrow evening at San Rafael Joe’s on 4th Street, 6:30p – 9:30p. Come on down for yet another fantabulous Ukulele Revival! A yay! Ah know you can walk without that accordian! Feeeeel the healing power of the Ukulele and the UFOhana! The spirit of Aloha commands you! Strummmmmm! Sttttrrrrrummmmm !!!!!  . . .   or just come on by, bring your family, order a great dinner  and sing/strum/hula/tap your feet along.  Sorry about waxing ‘revival’ there for a while, we watched “Leap of Faith” and “The Identical” this weekend and still have them running around in my head.

Mahalo Nui Loa to Paul (What Page?) T. for arranging this one for us.  Mahalo to Wikio, aka Wa’li, aka Wally, aka Wallace for the great poster! Anybody have a large format printer we could print this on for Tuesday night?

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Btw, we’ll be back at the Campbell Hall in Sausalito this Friday. Reverend Chip is eager to Kanikapila with us once again, as are we. Usual run time of 6:30p – 9:30p, Pot Luck (pseudo-healthy food requested but not required). Aloha A Hui Hou Brudda/Fadda/Rev. Chip!

Click the following links for photos of last week’s kani at the Elks and the Barefoot Café.  Mahalo Nui to all that attended the Barefoot (‘olohe wāwae) Cafe kanikapila and made it such a fun first event. However, in all the excitement I found out that some of us walked out without paying our tabs or not leaving enough $$$ for our wonderful server Lea. Please do reconcile with Lea sometime this week if you were among the “ones” caught up in the Ukulele Rapture and forgot to pay. Just know that the unpaid tabs comes off Lea’s pay check . . .  remember to Malama Pono (Be good or Make Right). Her kids would appreciate your effort.  Remember we’re there to create and share Aloha, not take it. Mahalo . . .

Ok, Pau for now, spok-u-bom-bye!

-=Sq=-

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052815: Kanikapila at the Elks this Friday

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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: http://elks1108.org/Newsletter.html .  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: http://www.barefootcafe.com/   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:  http://ufohana.org/barefoot-cafe-5302015-brudda-alohas-ukulele-revival-and-hula-review/  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!

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

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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.

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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  tspoltz@yahoo.com
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
415-461-4628
Tspoltz@yahoo.com

And from Linda Bolt at the Marin JCC, a camp for Keiki:
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Ok I think I’ve done enough damage here . . . time to recuperate for Friday Night . . .

uKeKu
Delicate petals,
Yellow gossamer winglets,
Na Pua Nani.

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Ok, only one sleepy time left before Kanikapila!

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

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052015: KANIKAPILA AT UFOHQ THIS FRIDAY

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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 . . .

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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!

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This Saturday we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, http://sonomavalleywomansclub.org/ , 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, http://www.barefootcafe.com/ .  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!

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

uKeKu
Curious object,
Substance from another time,
Joyous sounds abound

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

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

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051415: Kanikapila at UFOHQ Friday

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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,  http://sonomavalleywomansclub.org/ , 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…

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

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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!

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

Aloha  A Hui Hou,
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……..……….rrrrrowrrrrr………….

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050515: WE’RE AT THE ELKS THIS FRIDAY

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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)

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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!

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

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

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

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042715: Kanikapila at UFOHQ This Friday

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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):

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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.

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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!

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Uke-Ku
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,
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“Rowr”
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042115: it’s fancy dinner night at the elks . . .

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. . . 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 rsvp@elks1108.org 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:

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. . . . then right into Kani – time!

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

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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!

Uke-Ku
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,
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