121018: Red, Green & Bling Ball at the Elks this Friday!


Aloha UFOhana,

In honor of the upcoming Holidays, Nohea is requesting, since everyone did such a great job at the Winter Ball, one more “dress up” event at the Elks this Friday (where we’re meeting ko-inki-dink-ka-li). We’re calling this one the Red, Green & Bling ball. So dress in your finest Reds, Greens and Bling outfits (or not), grab a carriage and trot on down to our favorite Elks Lodge. Oh, don’t forget to BYOGear (Music Stands and Lights), some $$$ for dinner and, of course, some Aloha to go around.

We’re gathering this Friday at our usual time of 7:00pm to 9:00pm-ish. For those interested, dinner will be served at 6:30. Menu is Italian, Justin’s Lasagna (made from scratch). Mahalo Nui to the Elks-ders for hosting us once again.


Saturday we’re gathering at the UFOHQ 2pm – 4pm. BYOMusicStands, BYOB&S (Beverages and Snacks) and some Holiday Cheer to share with your Ohana. Please text me at 415-300-7804 to RSVP a seat for Saturday.

As many of you may know, last week was a very eventful one. We Kanikapila’d at the Campbell Hall, the Fairfax Christmas Craft Fair and at Gnoss Air Field for their Holiday Dinner. Action packed to say the least!

Click below (in order of appearance) for images from last week’s Kanikapila.

Campbell Hall
Fairfax Christmas Craft Fair
Gnoss Air Field Holiday Party

Ken Mercer, President of the Gnoss Field Community Association, sends the following, ” . . . we had such a blast because of you guys-your upbeat energy was just what this group of old folks needed, and we really appreciate it. Hope you all have a great Christmas season!”

 OK, now THAT was a party! This was our 4th annual GFCA/EAA Chapter 1232/Marin 99s/CAP Squadron 23 Holiday Potluck, and this year we really seemed to have hit on the right combination of friends, food, and family. In this case, “family” was the group Ukelele Friends Ohana, who brought their high-energy, cheery sing along and inclusive Hula dancing. The food and drink was great and since we ran out of chairs we know we had over 64 people on hand at one time.   We sure missed those of you who couldn’t make it, but check out some photos from the event  HERE!

OK, now THAT was a party! This was our 4th annual GFCA/EAA Chapter 1232/Marin 99s/CAP Squadron 23 Holiday Potluck, and this year we really seemed to have hit on the right combination of friends, food, and family. In this case, “family” was the group Ukelele Friends Ohana, who brought their high-energy, cheery sing along and inclusive Hula dancing. The food and drink was great and since we ran out of chairs we know we had over 64 people on hand at one time. – GFCA

My sincerest thanks to all of you that participated and made these events so special and enjoyable. Nohea and I are so fortunate to have such a fun, caring and supportive ‘Ohana. From us both, “Me ke Aloha Pumehana.”

the curve of a smile,
shining memories return,
a moment recalled.

Aloha A Hui Hou,


120518: Friday=Campbell Hall, Saturday=Fairfax Fair & Gnoss Air Field . . .


Aloha Ahi Ahi Ka Kou (Good Evening All),

Looks like the cold and rain is upon us again. Hope you’re all keeping warm and dry out there, “Winter Is Coming” as they say in The Game of . . .

Friday Kanikapila at Campbell Hall

We’ll be at Campbell Hall this Friday at our usual time of 6:30p to 9:00p. BYPL (Bring Your Pot Luck – maybe Comfort Food?), BYOGear (Music stands and Book Lights) and BYMahalo and Aloha for Reverend Chip and his congregation for opening up their beautiful venue to us once again.

Last Friday was our “Winter Ball Night” at the Elks. Mahalo to all that took the effort to dress up and share their finery with us. There were some fabulous looking Prom Queens out there! Click below and see for yourself.

2018 Winter Ball Kanikapila at the Elks

Mahalo to all of you who participated in the spirit of that special night.

Last Saturday was the Great SMART Train Mea pāʻani na Keiki (Toys for Tots) Kanikapila. Mahalo Nui Loa to all that braved the cold weather, assisted with setup, then performed for 2 hours, then helped with tear down, along with donating Toys and for generally just “keeping each other company.” Though the audience was sparse, there was no lack of UFOhana spirit at the event! As Marion said, “We sure know how to keep each other entertained.” Click below for online album.

Petaluma SMART Station – Toys for Tots Kanikapila 

Saturday Day Kani at the Fairfax Christmas Fair

Yes, it’s that time of the year and we’ve been invited once again to play at the Fairfax Christmas Craft Fair. Mahalo to Jack Irving and the Fairfaxian Elders for keeping us in mind. We’ll be back on the main stage in the Pavillion, click here for directions.

We’re scheduled to play 11:30a to 12:30p. We’ve only got an hour so be there no later than 11:00! BYOGear (Music Stands), BYOChristmas Books from last year (if you still have them), I’ll bring some just in case. We have limited stage space so please buddy up on music stands. Dress Hawaiian Christmas Festive (Bright Happy Colors / Christmas Bling) if you can. I’ll need help with setup and tear down if anyone’s available, I should be there by 10:30. Mahalo and kala mai iaʻu (I’m sorry) for the short notice.

Saturday Night Kani at Gnoss Field

After the Fair, Saturday evening, we’ll be playing at the Gnoss Field Community Association’s Holiday Party. We play 6pm – 8:30pm See below for details, click the image below to access their website. BYOGear, BYOGigBook, and the Christmas Manual from Fairfax. Also, if you’re up to it, some of us are dressing “Aeronautical”. I understand we may even have Amelia Earhart, late era Fighter Pilots (Goose, Iceman, Maverick?) and First Class Flight Attendants make an appearance!

Please bring a Potluck to share with the GFCA Ohana if you’ll be having dinner with us.

Directions to Gnoss, from their President Ken Mercer, below:

Address: 451 Airport Road, Novato

As Binford Road brings you to the main airport parking lot turn right and go about 500 feet to the building with the flagpole (county administration building)-the big hangar that’s attached to that building is where the event will be.

   Be sure to RSVP!

Btw, if anyone out there needs Christmas Aloha attire. Nohea does have a few Christmas Vintage Aloha shirts available. The newest addition, below, is a vintage special edition, size XXL, Tommy Bahama from 2006. Available for $50, text her 415-572-1175 if you’re interested.

Tommy Bahama: 2006 Let the Good Times Roll
Shirt Detail

Ok, I’m just about pooped from thinking about what’s coming up . . . I need to start recharging my internal Kanikapila Battery. Hope to you all this Friday and weekend! Stay dry and warm . . . 

gentle feather touch,
ensuring tender whispers,
calms the rage within.



Yeah, Yeah! Merry Ho! Ho!


Petaluma T fo’ T Kanikapila Update


Aloha All,

Looks like we’re mostly good for Saturday’s Toys for Tots Kanikapila. They’re expecting 50% chance of shower in the ‘morning hours’. I will probably be up there around 10:30-11AM to start setup. I’m bringing two 10 x 10 popups for the rain and could use some help with setup. Also bringing a brand new Power Generator (On loan, courtesy of our favorite Non-Profit: PIKOhana) and my ‘cheaper’ sound system ($1000 instead of the $3K Bose), just in case the weather menehunes got it wrong.

Remember to bring your weather gear, Gig Gear (music stand, wind clips, etc.), a chair (if you need one), Gig Book (I’m bringing 2 dozen Christmas Books) and lots of Aloha to share with our Petaluma ‘Ohana. Oh, and don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy!

Hope to see you tonight at the lodge for our Winter Ball and Elks VP Fundraiser (see previous post for details)!

Malama Pono Ka Kou,



112618: Winter Ball-Prom Night at the Elks!


Aloha Everyone,

Hope you’re all enjoying the fresh air and just about over your Turkey Coma. Back to the drudgery of work (for some of us) but no worries, another fun weekend is on the horizon . . . 

Friday Kanikapila

Special Friday coming up  this week. We’ll be at the San Rafael Elks Lodge, but to make it special and to welcome in the Holiday Season, we’re making it a theme night. The theme being “Winter Ball-Prom Night!”  So dust off your favorite Ball Gown (the more bling-bling the better!), your Tux / Cumberbun (if it still fits . . . Marty) and add a little Hawaiian Flare.

Dinner this Friday is also special, it’s the Elks’ Tim Jaeger’s Fundraiser (First Vice President), raising money for someone from our own district to make his journey to State President . . . 

Appetizers will be served 5:30-ish
Dinner to follow:
Prime Rib or Fish with all the Fixings
And Dessert
$35 / person

Please RSVP ASAP online here:

Or Call / Email at: 

Click below for last Friday’s Hana Hou Kanikapila

Saturday Kanikapila

Saturday Kanikapila will be, weather permitting, at yet another special location. We’re meeting at the Petaluma SMART Station to support their Toy for Tots Drive.

  • Location: Click HERE for link.
  • Play time: 12PM – 2PM
  • Bring an unwrapped toy to donate
  • BYOGear (Music Stands, Wind Clips, Sun Gear, Hats, Water and a Chair)
  • BYOGigBook (I will bring Christmas Books as well)
  • Parking is available but limited so please Car Pool
  • and of course, BYAloha!
  • IF IT RAINS, we will cancel the event and meet at the UFOHQ at our usual time of 2p – 4p

Click below for online album of last week’s Saturday Kanikapila, Mahalo Nui to all of you that made it such an action packed fun weekend!

Sunday Kanikapila Is Canceled

dusk falls into dark,
moon glows in indigo sky,
an owl greets the night.

And don’t forget Madison’s my GoFundMe fundraiser : Click here to support Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra Tour organized by Madison Sneath.

Okidoki, I think that covers this week’s events.  Btw, I moved up the Events Calendar so it’s first in the list. For those of you viewing this on a PC it will appear to the right. For those viewing on a mobile device (phone, tablet, Game Boy?) You will need to scroll to the very bottom to view it.

Malama Pono A Hui Hou,

Huh, What? Heeeeey! I’m taking shower man!