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 Kaleikoa@piko.ws .  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:

1-112914 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

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 . . .

1-112114 Friday Kanikapila

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…

1-112214 Sleeping Lady KanikapilaFund Raiser

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 kaleikoa@piko.ws 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 <j_tato@yahoo.com>
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 <
tadinouye@gmail.com>, “karinludwig@comcast.com” <karinludwig@comcast.com>, Justin Kaufman <jksfbay@gmail.com>, “Delfin D. Medina Jr.” <dmedina@comcast.net>, Secretary #1108 <secretary@elks1108.org>

Reply-To: Joseph Tato <j_tato@yahoo.com>

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 secretary@elks1108.com

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 leadingknight1108@sonic.net .

Check CHEMPI out here http://elkslodge616.org/about/charities-and-programs/california-hawaii-elks-major-project-inc-chempi/ , 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,


110414: We’re at campbell Hall this Friday . . .

Aloha Folks! We’re back on schedule this month with the Campbell Hall this Friday. Located in beautiful Sausalito. Here’s a link to their location: http://www.christchurchsausalito.net/location/    Run time 6:30p to 9:30p. BYOGear (music stands, a book light and good flash light!),  BYKaukau to share (Potluck – a healthy main dish/dessert), and always bring lots of Aloha to share with everyone. Mahalo Chip and Linda for hosting the UFOhana once again and for keeping the doors open for us.

I also want to thank all of those that participated in the Health and Humans Services HHS INFO FAIR this last week. Our director,  Larry Meredith, sent an email to everyone in our  department saying . . . well better you read it yourself below . . .

HHS All,
What a welcoming, upbeat, engaging and informative Information Fair. And the energy and good feelings were off the charts!
I want to thank all of you –over 350– who were able to attend, especially all of you in your costumes, for making this the HHS event of the year.
Special thanks go out to–

*the Planning Committee who took a rough concept and translated it into such a fun learning experience;

*the  UFOhana (Ukulele Friends ‘Ohana ) who are simple “out of this world” and filled the hall with music and joy, and transformed the Connection Center to a beach party somewhere in Hawaii;

*the creative set designers from each program or service who created such wonderful booths and games to illustrate their services.
And finally, I want to acknowledge the special efforts and talents  of Cio, Chris and Erin who infused the vision with fun, creativity and energy…and were everywhere making it happen.

Another win for Team HHS.
Larry Meredith, Ph.D., Director
Department of Health & Human Services
Marin County
20 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

I also got other Mahalos from people who participated in our “Free Hula Lesson” and we’re really amazed at the joy there was in  Hula.

Click the image below to view the photo albums from the various events. Starting with the HHS INFO Fair:

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Then there was “Come As You Aren’t Kanikapila Night” at the UFO HQ . . .


. . . and finally Sleeping Lady Kanikapila . . . Mahalo Nui Loa to the Haole Boyz and Rick for keeping the strumming going during my Sick Leave at the Sleeping Lady!


Darkness comes early,
Leaves shudder and floats earthward,
Tears fall from Heaven.

Ok, it’s beddy bye time,  we’ll see you folks at Campbell and hopefully Sleeping Lady also.

Take Care and Stay Warm All!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


10.28.14: Kanikapila at UFO HQ . . .


. . . check your email for details or leave a message on the blog requesting details . . .

For those of you needing inspiration for this Friday, here are some images from the net . . . think along the lines of:


     “My Ghost Has Fleas?”



“Spook-A-Le-Le Lady”

“Night of the Strumming Ukes?”  – Refrains! Must have Refrains!

OK, now that you have Ukes on your mind . . . I think you folks get the idea . . .

Fragments from a thought,
Images of tomorrow,
Sun rises  skyward,

Aloha A Hui Hou,


102114: Kanikapila at the carriage house this friday . . .


Aloha All. We’re in the Elks Carriage House this Friday. Same run time 7pm to 10pm as usual, BYOGear, chairs will be provided. However, instead of a pot luck, dinner will be available at the Elks Oktoberfest Fund Raiser. See below for details, make sure you RSVP ASAP! Btw, do feel free to bring desserts to the Carriage House for after dinner if you like.

Friday October 24th

It’s almost here! A family event with good friends, lots of food, music, laughter and games.
Proceeds will be donated to the Elks National Foundation (ENF)

Dinner + Commemorative “Bottomless Stein” for $35

Bottomless Stein includes all-you-can-drink beer from the designated kegs until supplies run dry!

Dinner Only for $20 (Kids $7)
Bring your appetite for delicious Brats, Potato Salad, Soup, Sauerkraut & Apple Streusel
Join in for songs and games for adults & kids
Polka Dance Contest * Stein-Holding Endurance Contest
Musical Chairs * Apple Bobbing * Pretzel Making
RSVP by October  22nd  and make your reservation with the Secretary, or call 454-8835.

And speaking of October Festivals, I want to extend a sincere Mahalo Nui Loa to the UFOhana Away Team that participated in the Sharktober Festival  this past Saturday.  David McGuire was very thankful and said that having the ‘Ohana there ‘made the event a festival’. He estimated that that 500+ were in attendance (5x more than last year). Click the collages below to view the various event album(s).


By the way, for those of you interested trying out Hawaiian Style Canoe Paddling (besides the Hula – In A Canoe),Tamalpias Outrigger Canoe Club is sponsoring the following:

Tamalpais OCC New Paddler’s Day 2014!

Saturday, October 25 at 9:00am in UTC-10

Fort Baker, Sausalito, California 94966
Look forward to doing more event with you.
Chris Winn

Below the Friday Kanikapila at Bogie’s Café, Mahalo to Leslie and Mike for hosting the ‘Ohana!


A week before that we were at the Sonoma Kanikapila . . .

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Right after that we zoomed out to the Elks for a Saturday Night Kanikapila . . . .

1-101114 Elks Saturday Kanikapila

Also, there is no Sleeping Lady Kanikapila this Saturday. We’ll be back on schedule November 1st.

Have a great week all!

Dance of ancient times,
Chants from a past culture lives,
Relived by the few . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,


10.16.14: Kanikapila at Bogie’s Café this friday!


Aloha All,
Leslie and Michael has opened up Bogie’s Café to the ‘Ohana for this Friday. Run time is from 7p – 10p. BYOGear, chairs will be provided and BYKaukau (It’s Pot Luck so do bring a main dish to share) and don’t forget to bring some Aloha too! Mahaaaaaalo Leslie and Michael!

I want to remind everyone that I won’t be at Sleeping Lady this Saturday once again because of Sharktoberfest (below). We have a Flight Crew assembling there so do feel free to come and join in if your so inclined.  Start time is 11am, so try and be there no later than 10:30a if you’ll be participating.

As for Saturday, I’m sure there will be someone at Sleeping Lady this Saturday to carry on the strumming.  Also,  I was also told that they are having an event on October 25th at Sleeping Lady,  so no Ukulele Ohana that day either. We should be back on track Nov 1 for our SL Kanikapilas.

I want to thank everyone for their well wishes during my recovery. I’m sure that contributed to my speedy recovery!

The Darkness descends,
Sun rays challenging the night,
Moon bids aloha . . .

Take Care Everyone!



10.06.14: Friday Kanikapila moved to Saturday . . .


Aloha UFOhana, still in recovery  mode, but feeling better everyday. I should be well enough to Kanikapila by the end of this week. I want thank you all for the get well wishes, wonderful cards (included a hilarious Hula eCard from Tucker and Babara).  Being part of a wonderful group like the UFOhana just makes one want to hurry up and ‘get better’!

Unfortunately, this Saturday I won’t be attending the Sleeping Lady Kanikapila because of our monthly Sonoma Kanikapila. Brudda Ted and Da’ Haole Boyz will be running the Kani at Sleeping Lady. You folks will be in good strums, uh, hands. Here’s a video of them at the recent Hele On Ukulele Event: http://youtu.be/6n0xXhHMxhQ . Mahalo Wallace for the vid-link and all your Kokua that day and to the Haole Boyz for keeping the Spirit of Kanikapila alive in Fairfax.

Back to our Friday Night Kanikapila moving to Saturday . . . Joe Tato has invited the UFOhana to a special “Homecoming Event” for District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Robyn Sembenini. The event details are listed below:

Join us for a celebration marking the end of Robyn’s Official Visitations to each of the 10 lodges in the Great Northwest District. Robyn, her Esquire – Randall Logan PER (Past Exalted Ruler) Petaluma and Auditor – Sandra Gowan (PER Vacaville) will have visited, inspected and reported on each lodge. This is a party that is open to members of all lodges. It is a relaxed gathering and a time to have fun.  Being from Hawai’i Robyn is having a “Local-style Pau Hana Pa’ina” That means its a casual gathering of friends with music and food to mark the end of the work week. There will be local style food, some hula and music. Bring your instruments – ukulele, guitars,  etc.

Saturday Oct. 11th
Cocktails at 5:00 PM
Dinner at 6:00 PM
Hula and music after dinner
$25 adults/ $12 kids.

MENU: Garden salad with papaya seed dressing, kalua pork, ginger-crusted snapper, pineapple chicken,  Stir-fried veggies, sweet potatoes, rice & dessert

Note: we will have BBQ oysters for sale as a fundraiser for the  ENF (Elks National Foundation Scholarships)
Mark your calendar, and make your reservation with the Secretary by October 8th, Wednesday!

Btw, Joe is asking that you RSVP for both Dinner and if you will be attending so they know how many tables to setup. Thought then menu isn’t quite ready yet I’m sure that Joe has an Ono-licious dish in the works. RSVP one now!

l hope to be back from Sonoma by 6pm which should give us enough time to setup and get going it going by 7pm-ish.  Hope to see you folks there! Don’t forget to RSVP if you will be attending and/or joining us for Dinner.

Hele On Ukulele 2014:

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As you can see from above, a  great time was had by all at the Hele On Ukulele contest held on 9/28. Click this link, Hele On Ukulele 2014  to view some the great photos by Mark, Nohea and myself. Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that supported, participated and assisted PIKO in this fundraiser. A special Mahalo to the San Rafael Elks for providing PIKO with such a beautiful venue. We really couldn’t have done it without you all.

Along with the wonderful Ukulele performances and witnessing the pure joy of the Keiki participating in all the events, perhaps one of the most heart warming news I heard was from one of the participants. From her experience at the event, she was so inspired that she’s decided to include the Ukulele in her school music program,  right here in San Rafael. Which means we may end up with more Keiki participants next year, how exciting! The seeds have been planted . . . somewhere over the rainbow . . .

Mahalo Waiwai for the great video!


Rick Pruett and Breigh (she’s the one modeling the beautiful red Mamos dresses). Along with being a great Ukulele Player, Rick is also an author and has written a mystery novel about Hawaii. His press release below:

CONTACT:  Rick Pruett, 415-426-9080
Email: Rickpruettnovelist@yahoo.com



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“Set on the streets of Oahu and the white sand beaches of Waikiki, a local man’s quest to solve a mystery of Hawaiian antiquity, leads him on a journey of murder and mayhem.”

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Nov.12— Local musician and award winning athlete Rick Pruett will debut his mystery  novel “Aloha Kahuna Soul” November 12, 2014, as part of RhythMantra Publishing’s Grand opening. He is planning a Jawaiian Jam party which will feature local Reggae and Hawaiian inspired artists.

Pruett, a San Francisco bay area based musician and former USATF Masters track and field All American, has been working toward publication for five years while coaching/ mentoring at-risk youth.  In addition, he is working as a injury rehabilitation consultant and has published a quick reference guide

“PAIN STOP NOW,” to help people who suffer from chronic pain.

Haunted by a chance meeting with a Kahuna, Alika Kealoha realizes the Hawaiian priest is a connection to the seafaring warriors of his ancestral past and the key to solving the mystery of his father’s disappearance. His investigation uncovers a secret, protected for hundreds of years by a Royal bloodline. Now pursued by murderous thugs, the tropical paradise he loves has turned into a nightmarish maze of betrayal and deceit. Alika finds solace and protection in a crew of locals, whose Mana leads him into a realm of unforeseen consequences. The results are devastating, unleashing a wave of retribution as powerful as a tsunami.

Rick Pruett is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings

Along with the release of his novel he’s also ‘releasing’ a beautiful Martin Tenor Ukulele to the ‘Wild’, i.e. For Sale:

Martin-w-c    Martin body  Martin head    Martin-back

Contact Rickpruettnovelist@yahoo.com or call him at the phone number above, for details about his book and/or  the Martin Ukulele.

UFOhana at the Shark-tober Fest

For those of you into Oktoberfest, here’s a little something different. Brudda David McGuire, one of the first members of the UFOhana, has invited the UFOhana to perform at the Sharktober Festival next week Saturday the 18th. It’s a Fund/ Awareness-Raiser  for and about the Sharks and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Please email me at Kaleikoa@piko.ws if you want to join in with the UFOhana (we’re the ‘Live Music’ part in the poster below). For those of you who participated in the World Oceans Day event, he guarantees that his event will be a lot more ‘busier’ than WOD. Please pass this onto your friends and ‘Ohana and help SOS (Save the Sharks)!

Btw, if you are participating you may want to car pool because of parking and get there no later than 10:30am for setup, we start at 11am. BYOGear, BYOWater, and of course BYAloha!

Below a map of the performance location (Gulf of the Farallones, circled) and parking areas (starred) ….

Sharktoberfest Parking Map-2014

Ok, that’s all I have for now. Hope to see you all this Saturday! Malama Pono All!

Yellow Moon Rising,
Stars against Indigo sky,
Sun bids Aloha . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,


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