060621: Vanikapila 24.21 Coming Up!


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

What an amazing, fabulous, magical, delicious and fun time we had last night! And it’s a good thing we decided on Saturday as it’s pretty blustery and cold right now at the Vendola Cafe!

Mahalo Nui Loa to Mike for graciously sponsoring the ono-licious food for our “Belated 20/21th Anniversary BBQ”, to the Vendola Cafe Team that helped with the flooring, extra tables, decorations, setup, beverages, desserts, music, hula, to all that wore your finest Paniolo gear, helped with tear down, cleaning, and to all that brought and shared your Aloha with everyone.

It definitely takes a village or in our case an ‘Ohana . . . and we are truly blessed with a wonderful one. Can’t wait for our 22nd Anniversary!

Click below to view the videos and photos from this past Saturday.

Our alohas go out our Cyber ‘Ohana that joined us online this past Saturday. Thanks for sticking with us through the spotty Livestream. Not sure what’s causing it but I’m suspecting it something with YouTube as it seems to get better on it’s own.

We’re back to our regular Vanikapila Time this Saturday. Click below to link in this Saturday 11a – 1pm.

Btw, did you know that one of UFOhana’s Keiki is graduating this year from High School? Madison, of course, who else? Who was also awarded the Marin School of Arts Student of the Year award! Maika’i No’eau!

From tossing french fries at Mark at Sleeping Lady during Kanikapila to Graduation?!? Where did the time go?

In fact, you can view her graduation Live Stream!

Message from Madison below:

“At 9:40am on Friday June 11, we will be showing the senior slideshow to open graduation for your families on the youtube link below.
At 10:00am we will begin with 3 live cameras and many angles and views of our graduation festivities.  

Comcast Cable subscribers in Novato can also watch on Channel 30, and AT&T U-Verse customers can watch on Channel 99.

Novato Community Television (NCTV) is proud to present live coverage of the Novato High School Class of 2021’s Graduation! NCTV recently invested in a suite of new equipment and resources to be able to bring live and hybrid events into the homes of the Novato Community. Wireless camera transmitters and new broadcasting equipment now allow us to share closeup action of events as they unfold in real time. 
Tune in at 9:40am on Friday, June 11th, to watch the Senior Slide Show and then the Live Graduation at 10:00am. “

Feel free to post this on the blog!

I’ll also be give a graduation speech with my friend Jiboni who you’ve met, so that’ll be fun 🙂

Thank you for all the aloha yesterday, your “Happy Graduation” rendition made me tear up and smudge my makeup!
(aw… sorry about that No’eau)
~Madison Sneath

Whew! What an eventful month this has been/is/will be/etc.

Ok time to rest these old bones, still recovering . . .


like a seed they grow,
slowly towards the warm sun,
hope blooms eternal.

From Nohea and myself, to the best ‘Ohana ever . . .

Me ke aloha pumehana,



060121: Vanikapila 23.21


Aloha UFOhana,

Well it’s June, and still no rain in sight. Hope you’ve all been keeping well out there and continuing to conserve our precious water.

Big mahalo to the intrepid intrepid individuals that made the O.K. (Outdoor Kanikapila) last week and to our Cyber ‘Ohana out in Vanikapila land. Always a pleasure sharing our Aloha IRL and Virtually. That’s the wonderful thing about music, if you can hear it you’re physically experiencing it. Next best thing to being there!

Speaking of Vanikapila, remember that this week we’ll be holding Vanikapila on Saturday from 4pm.-6pm. This is just for June 5, we will return to our regular time of 11am-1pm on June 12.

Following the Vanikapila, we will be holding our (PIKOhana) BBQ, from 6p-whenever. Only for those who have RSVP’d last week. However, if you wish, you are welcome to join us, but you will need to provide your own dinner. Mike says that they will be serving us. We will be providing plates and utensils, tables and chairs. But remember, it’s BYOBeverage.

On the menu: Ribs, Chicken, Bean and Potato Salads. I understand that there maybe desserts and other fixins coming in for a landing by our ‘Ohana members.

Below the link for this week’s Vanikapila.

Mahalo Nui Loa to Mike for sponsoring the BBQ event.

I forgot to mention, though dinner is free, you are more than welcome to drop a donation in the Red PIKOhana Buckets that a will be available at the BBQ.

Click below for images from last week’s Vanikapila.

Yes, that is really Miki Maui up there!

Mahalo Nui to Marty and Don for Pauline’s beautiful and delicious Birthday Cake!

A couple of interesting articles passed onto me from our friend, Ken Mercer from Gnoss Field (who we played for at their Christmas Party), about abandoned airports in San Rafael.

One them seems to be right where Vendola Cafe is sitting! I knew I called us Ukulele ‘Pilots’ for a reason!

This article was in the IJ this morning:


And this one is on a website that collects information on abandoned airports:


Meanwhile, below, getting the runway ready for June 5 UFOhana Pilots . . .

  • Wish I had one of these when I was “planting rice back in the Philippines”.
  • The after math, looks almost like concrete and almost as hard. A lot more level but still work to be done.


vibrations in space,
travel at the speed thought,
received by the heart.

Malama Pono Kakou!


Hypnotizing a Jake . . .