051021: Vanikapila 20.21


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Just wanted to get out quick post while I have two working eyes . . .

I found out what caused our Audio Outage last week. It was caused by two things, a security patch for my Anti-Virus and an OBS audio driver update. Because both were patched around the same time. The AV software didn’t recognize the new OBS audio driver, so it erred on the safe side and disabled all the Windows audio access rights/permissions in OBS. Once I whitelisted OBS (gave OBS the proper Windows rights) audio was once again enabled. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for this week’s Vanikapila (see below), 11am – 1pm, Saturday the 15th.

Please text me at 415-300-7804 to give us an idea of how many chairs to put out. Again, text Linda at 415-572-1175 if you can’t get through the Livestream chat board for song requests and/or comments. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.

Though we couldn’t connect with our Cyber Ukulele Pilots in Vanikapila land we did have a squadron of Ukulele Pilots in the backyard . . .

Click above to view the online album.

Mahalo to the OKers that kept the Strums going, to Pauline, Don, John, Melann, Cindy and the others that helped with setup and breakdown of the UFOhana Air Strip.

I want to wish all our May Keiki a Hauoli La Hanau! I believe Ralph’s is up this Wednesday, one day just before Marion’s.

A couple of upcoming Events:

The first being a Sunday Kanikapila for all 2X Vaxers at Ralph’s Hale on May 23, 12pm – 3pm-ish, weather allowing. Please text me at 415-300-7804 if you will be attending.

The second event is another 2X Vaxers event. June 5, Mike has graciously offered to sponsor a BBQ (catered by one of his favorites) 6pm – 9pm here at Vendola Cafe. BYOBeverage, he will provide the BBQ.Please RSVP ASAP if you will be attending so he can give the caterers a head count. For you Vegetarians out there, you’re welcome to BYOFood and hang out with your ‘Ohana.

Remember that both events are for Double (2x) Vaxers only!

Ok, time to rest up for tomorrow . . .


hot brown crunchy grass,
distant sun baked hills waver,
cool ukes in the shade.

Mahalo Nui Loa Ka Kou!


Hey, It’s a lot warming out here . . .


050321: Vanikapila 19.21

Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

What a great Vanikapila session we had this past “May Day In Hawai’i” Saturday. Mahalo to all that attended and shared their Alohas. Especially to the OK-ers that braved the Blustery May Winds!

Click the incognito steel player below to view the online album. Wait a minute . . . doesn’t that hat looks vaguely familiar?

Please . . . Please . . . no paparazzi!
Ha! It’s the same hat! It’s ToroBago Man!
And there he is again with his Rat Rod Pickup Truck!

. . . he’s kind of like X-Files guy only instead of the truth it’s, “The Kolohe is Out There!”

Mahalo Nui Loa to Ken Emerson for sharing his Aloha and his 1930’s Vega Lap Steel this past Saturday. Totally amazing what you can do with a block of wood, some wires, steel strings, a 1900’s steel bar and a whole lot of talent! Lap Steel Genius . . . K=en2!

Me ke Aloha A hui hou and safe Journeys Brudda Ken.

Mahalo Carolyn for sharing Kolohe Kekahi with the UFOhana.

Btw, don’t forgot to RSVP a space if you’ll be joining us this Saturday in the backyard. Text me at 415-300-7804. Remember to text Nohea (Linda) at 415-572-1175 for song requests or comments if you can’t get on the Live Stream chat board.

Kanikapila Alert at Elks Birthday Dinner this Friday!

Because of my upcoming eye surgery on the 11th, the Elks has graciously moved our 2nd Friday of the month Kanikapila to the 1st Friday of May (O5.07.21).

If you’ll be joining us please RSVP ASAP at this link for Dinner.

Btw, this is a “Birthday Dinner” event, which means if you are an Elks Member and your Birthday is in April or MayDINNER IS FREE!

Don’t forget to bring your Ukes, Big Book (Vols 1, 2, 3), Music stand, Wind Clips, Book lights and wear something warm.

Mahalo to Joe, Kanela and the Elks for accommodating the UFOhana and sharing their Aloha with us.

Click below on Saturday to join in on this weekend’s Vanikapila. I did some work on the Video Cameras hope to have them all working along with a new “OK-er Ukulele Pilots” Camera.

Btw, if you’re ever in the City on Chestnut Street, be sure to visit Karen Hom (Ralph’s better half) at her very cool store “Studio on Chestnut”. . .


so we move through time,
with our vessels of mana,
powered by her love.

Hau`oli La Makuahine (Happy Mother’s Day) to all our UFOhana mothers out there!

photo by Heater Ganis

Hope to see you in Cyber Space or our Backyard!

Me ke aloha pumehana,


From Jake to Nohea meeeow . . . purrr . . . purrrr. . .