042224: Vanikapila 15.24

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Aloha UFOhana Pilots!

Another beautiful weekend and looks like we’re headed to another great stretch of weather this week.

We had a pretty full house this past Saturday. 35 Ukulele Pilots in the house which included the Vendola Cafe Keiki Choir! Comprised of Bruce, Hannah and Zack, lead by Elana and Ms. Boosey. We aso celebrated a birthday, Hauoli la hanau Carolyn!

Check out the choir and yummy birthday cake by clicking below.

Mahalo to Lois for bringing the great Birthday Cake!

We had more excitement after returning from lunch this past Saturday . . .

And this is why . . .

Her duckling fell into the Storm Drain.

Before Nohea took this picture, I had called the Humane Society after she mentioned the Mommy duck circling the drain.

“What’s a duck doing there and why is she circling the drain,” she thought?

The Game Warden arrived shortly thereafter. We tried pulling out the grating but it seemed to be cemented in place with all the silt and weeds from the rains. Long story short . . .

. . . and after breaking the winch on the Game Warden’s truck and about 30 minutes of the two of us yanking on a wedged in 60lb storm grate with crow bars . . . it finally came loose (see photo above) and the Warden was able to rescue and return the ducklings, with Momma duck running right after him, to the marshlands.

And we’re back to our regular programming.

Click below to join us this Saturday Virtually and click here to register if you’ll be joining us IRL (In Real Life) at Vendola Café.

Remember we’ll be at 101 Sports in San Rafael this Sunday to help celebrate their Outrigger Canoe Blessing. Click here to view details of that event and to register.

I know that a lot of you have seen evidence of AI (Artificial Intelligence) Art on the blog. Here’s something that my son sent me.

It’s an AI generated song he created using the following text prompt:

A traditional hawaiian inspired song about a man named Kahua 51 who has a kanikapila every Friday night with big parties

So the back story on “Kahua 51” is before we became Vendola Cafè, we were known as Kahua 51. Kahua 51 loosely translates to Area 51. You know where all the “UFOs” are stored, as in UFOhana, wink, wink! Which is why my son refers to me a the “Kahua Man”.

Here’s the first version:

And here’s the second version:

Pretty amazing! I kind like them both. The Ai site is SUNO.COM.


a passage of time,
some we mark by years, others
by counting heart beats.

Look into my eyes . . . you must give the cat more food . . . you must give the cat more food . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,

-=SqL+Nohea+Jedi Master Jake=-

Btw, did I mention that today was the 15th year anniversary of my heart attack?

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041524: Vanikapila 14.24 REDUX


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Good Evening UFOhana pilots. Another day of sunshine after a weekend of April Showers. Not too bad, but I can hear the weeds rejoicing in our yard.

Mahalo Nui Loa to all that help warm up Vendola Cafe last Saturday. The day was a little on the chilly side but never a shortage of warm Aloha at VC.

Oh, and at the Elks too! Big Mahalo to Joe, Fred and the Elks-ders for inviting us to Kanikapila at the lodge and to all the UFOhana that shared their Aloha. The dinner, as usual, was Ono-licious (delicious in Hawaiian Pidgin speak)!

Images from the Elks follow . . .

Click above to view the album.

After a night of Kanikapila and spent the following morning Vanikapila-ing? Talk about double the treat! Check it out below.

Click above to view the album.

From Susan . . . Meow-garitville?

And meanwhile, all the way from Korea . . .

  • Shaka Albions!
  • Note Marty’s finger
  • Shush . . . There it is! UFOhana tags Korea!

Which bring us to this week’s Vanikapila. Click here to register for the event.

Click above this Saturday to beam up to NCC-1585 USS Vendola.

Don’t forget that next next week, Sunday the 28th, we’ll be at 101 Sports for their Canoe Blessings. Be sure to click here for details and to register.

He’e Nalu Paddlers doing the Pailolo Crossing, Molokai to Maui . . . so blue . . .


from the heart it comes,
a blue ocean’s cool embrace,
distant memory.

Aloha A hui hou!


E=micat has fleas . . .