030221: Vanikapila 10.21


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Can you believe it’s already March and it been a year of COVID? I know it’s a little depressing but the silver lining is that we’ve all seemed to have survived fairly well . . . so far. Also, J & J’s vaccine has been approved which should help us inch our way to stemming the infections. Let’s all continue to keep our guard up, as I know many of you have, until we receive the all clear signal.

Last week’s Saturday Vanikapila below.

Click above to view online album.

This Saturday’s Vanikapila link below.

Below a cool rendition of Hotel California by Fabio Rodrigues and friends busking in England . . .

. . . wait! He’s singing Hotel what???????? Does Don know about this????

Oh, almost forgot to mention, the other silver lining is that 3/12 marks the 21st Anniversary of the Ukulele Friends Ohana. As many of you may remember, it was around that time last year I had to travel to Hawai’i to visit my father in the hospital, who I’m sure, thanks to all your prayers recovered from his illness. It was also around that time COVID broke out and I had just made it back before the quarantine hit the airports.

Sadly we didn’t get to celebrate our 20th last year . . . but we did manage to keep the Strumming alive virtually thanks to your contributions and constant encouragement. Mahalo Mike for our second Air Purifier!

This year, along with our usual Saturday Vanikapilas, we’re holding a (socially distanced and PPE required) Kanikapila on Friday the 12th in our backyard, 6pm – 8pm. Just to honor 21 years of Friday Kanikapilas even though we’re just down to Saturday Kanikapilas. We will be live streaming the Anniversary event as well. I hope some of you will be able to join us either a Outdoor Kanikapila-ers or Virtually on the 12th.


clouds sail through the skies,
an ocean of dreams floats by,
returning to now.

Aloha A Hui Hou,


Is COVID over yet? Take care . . .


022121: Vankapila 9.21


Aloha UFOhana,

Spring weather is upon us, though I believe it’s a little early. Even though it’s cheerfully sunny, it does bring issues for those of us with allergies and I know we could use a little rain as well.

It’s always something . . .

Anyway, we did have a great Vanikapila last week. Though our OK-er Video Camera did had some issues . . . it’s always something.

We did manage to have a great time and the OKers braved the Sunny but cold winds.

Mahalo Nui Loa to Pauline, Don, John and Marty for helping with setup and tear down and for being such good sports and to our Vanikapila participants who kept us company last week.

Click above to view the online album from last Saturday.

Below, the link to this Saturday’s Vanikapila #9.21.

Below from Ralph, a fantastic video of a Filipino singer, singing both parts (Celine’s and Andrea’s) of the song “The Prayer” in the Got Talent competition. Mahalo to Ralph for sharing this one!

Lastly, from Sandy, for those of you interested in the riff for Spanish Harlem, a PDF with the Tabs. Mahalo Sandy!



wind is gonna blow,
so I’m gonna go down to,
Vendola again . . .

Take your allergy remedies and hope to see you online or as an OK-er! Remember, we’re also available on your FM dial at 88.7 and text me at 415-300-7804 if you’ll be joining us in the backyard. If you can’t get on the LiveStream Chat line, text Nohea at 415-572-1175 with your Song Requests.

Malama Pono Kakou!