032019: We’re at the UFOHQ this Weekend


Attention All UFOPilots!

This week’s UFOhana Kanikapilas will be held at the UFOHQ this Friday and Saturday. Check our event calendar for details through the end of the month here.

Last Friday was an action packed Friday. It started with group of us being invited to a Kanikapila at Lynwood Elementary School. It was our 6th year of jamming with the Keiki and this year San Ramon Elementary joined in. Amazingly, there were about 220 Keiki participating this year. Many of you may have seen the article on the Marin IJ website. Click here to view it.

In spite of that one negative comment of being “culturally insensitive” I assure you that the event was anything but. Lynnette had them sing Koke’e acapella for us. Enough to say that their rendition was so good Uncle Dennis Kamakahi was probably smiling down on them that day. Our hearts swelled . . . click below for photos and videos of that event.

Mahalo Nui Loa to Lynnette and her Keiki for allowing us to participate. We are so blessed to have your Keiki as part of our Ukulele Friends ‘Ohana.

So after the Keiki Kanikapila we treated ourselves to lunch at Bogie’s Too. Some of you may have heard about their re-opening. There was an article in the Marin IJ, click the image below to few the article online. Congratulations to Michael and Leslie for their Grand Re-opening. By the way, Michael mentioned the possibility of weekend Kanikapilas at Bogie’s Too. So stay tuned!

Photo by Blake Davis Photography

“A little” after lunch it was time for Friday Night Kanikapila at the UFOHQ, which was pre-St. Patrick’s Night aka Green Night. Click down below for the online album.

Green Rose Hula . . .

Onward to Green Saturday! Click below to view more of the same.

Welcome Back Lopaka! Looking Good!


smooth movements through space,
joyous expression of dance,
together we play.

Aloha A Hui Hooooo!


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Jake not home . . .


031219: UFOHQ Weekend Coming Up!


Aloha Everyone,

We’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s day at the UFOHQ this Friday and Saturday. But before we go any further I want to thank the Elks and Joe Tato for helping make last week’s 19th Anniversary so fun and delicious! That pork adobo was fabulous! Mahalo to all that that participated in the Kanikapila as well. Here’s looking forward to our big 2-Oh-Oh celebration next year!

Click here for this week’s event details.

So I mentioned that we celebrated our “19th” last week, click the images below to view the online albums from Friday and Saturday . . .

Madame Bass Commander, in her Senior Prom Gown!
You like-y?

I’d like to share some UFOHQ nostalgia with you. About 18 years ago we began construction of the UFOHQ. Click below to view the process . . .

UFOHQ Under Construction: Week 1


droplets become streams,
flows reflect gray skies above,
journey to below.

Until Friday and / or Saturday All!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


Whups! Wrong Jake!
That’s more like it!


030519: Hauoli La Hanau UFOhana!


Aloha UFOhana,

Can you believe that come this Friday the the UFOhana we would have been strumming together now for 19 years? No wonder my fingers are tired / sore / callused / throbbing / cracked / oh, did I say tired?  But seriously, we sure have created a lot of good memories playing together and hopefully, with help from our higher powers, will continue to generate more as we strum along this journey we’re all on.

We’ll be at the Elks this Friday and Joe is preparing a special meal for us of Pork Adobo, Fish and stir fry. Sounds ono-licious, Mahalo Joe!

Being that this is a special night for the UFOhana, we are asking that you dress in your finest “Hawaiian Bling Bling” aka HBB, we’ll leave the interpretation of that up to you. If you’re in need of HBB inspiration give Nohea a call at 415-572-1175 to schedule a private viewing of her Hawaiian goods.

I’ve posted event details for this week, you can view them here.

Speaking of special, check out some of Lynnette’s amazing Keiki below!

Click above to view a video of Lynnette’s 4th Graders practicing “Havana” for their May Concert. Emma, who performed with us at the California Academy of Sciences, is solo-ing. According to Lynnette they did this all on their own! Well done!

I’m sure many of you remember Bogie’s Cafe, one of the few UFOhana friendly establishments that recently closed. Well, Leslie says they are reopening as “Bogie’s Too” beginning this Thursday. Click below to view their Facebook for details and location . . .

Bogie’s Too cafe . . . it’s not a worm!

If you’re not busy Friday morning consider dropping in for an early breakfast or maybe later for lunch? Nohea and I will be there with friends for breakfast.

Last week’s images from Campbell Hall Kanikapila. Mahalo Rev. Chip for keeping the doors open for us!

Click above to view album.

Saturday we kani’d even more . . .

Click above to view Saturday album.


flocks circles above,
surfing the incoming storm,
wings on waves of sky.

Take care all! Stay dry and stay safe . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,

Woa! Watch out! Incoming legs!
Huh? Sorry Dad . . . ready to order?


022519: ua hoi aku ka ua . . .


Aloha UFOhana,

The Rains have returned, it’s wet and windy once again. I hope you’re all fairing well through this latest storm. Let’s hope all this water means we won’t have a drought this year . . . but then again . . .

I just posted this weeks Kanikapila(s) to our events calendar. You can view it HERE. Mahalo nui loa to all of you that participate and make our Kanikapila such a warm and welcoming event.

Speaking of events, we’re scheduling a “road” trip out to Kaua’i, August 1st to the 12th, and inviting all ‘Ohana members to come along. We will be Kanikapila-ing with Reverend Chip’s ‘Ohana for the first part of the trip and spending time up North in Waipa for the second part. There, we will learn about one of the most important food staples of the Hawaiian Culture, Poi, and experience the making of it and the community surrounding this important food. In between all of this we hope to continue Kanikapila in the evenings after returning from our adventures around the Garden Island. Email me at Kaleikoa@piko.ws if you’re interested and want join in on the UFOhana Kaua’i Away Mission. We hope, with the help of Melann and Carolyn, to have enough ‘Ohana interested to secure lodgings at a discount.

Last week Friday we were given a break from the ka ua (rain) and partied more than you shake a, or maybe 4 bamboo, sticks at. Click below to view the images from that night.

Alekoki . . .

Saturday we visited our ‘Ohana at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. What great turn out that was. Mahalo Nui Loa to the SV Wahine for hosting us and to Betty Ann and Hula Mai ‘Ohana for being so welcoming, sharing their Aloha and Hula with us. Click below for the photos. Mahalo to Craig and Nohea for all the fabulous photos.


blanket of cold gray,
streams rush to the underground,
winds howl in disdain.

Malama Pono Ka Kou!


Meow . . . la dat . . .