10.06.14: Friday Kanikapila moved to Saturday . . .


Aloha UFOhana, still in recovery  mode, but feeling better everyday. I should be well enough to Kanikapila by the end of this week. I want thank you all for the get well wishes, wonderful cards (included a hilarious Hula eCard from Tucker and Babara).  Being part of a wonderful group like the UFOhana just makes one want to hurry up and ‘get better’!

Unfortunately, this Saturday I won’t be attending the Sleeping Lady Kanikapila because of our monthly Sonoma Kanikapila. Brudda Ted and Da’ Haole Boyz will be running the Kani at Sleeping Lady. You folks will be in good strums, uh, hands. Here’s a video of them at the recent Hele On Ukulele Event: http://youtu.be/6n0xXhHMxhQ . Mahalo Wallace for the vid-link and all your Kokua that day and to the Haole Boyz for keeping the Spirit of Kanikapila alive in Fairfax.

Back to our Friday Night Kanikapila moving to Saturday . . . Joe Tato has invited the UFOhana to a special “Homecoming Event” for District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Robyn Sembenini. The event details are listed below:

Join us for a celebration marking the end of Robyn’s Official Visitations to each of the 10 lodges in the Great Northwest District. Robyn, her Esquire – Randall Logan PER (Past Exalted Ruler) Petaluma and Auditor – Sandra Gowan (PER Vacaville) will have visited, inspected and reported on each lodge. This is a party that is open to members of all lodges. It is a relaxed gathering and a time to have fun.  Being from Hawai’i Robyn is having a “Local-style Pau Hana Pa’ina” That means its a casual gathering of friends with music and food to mark the end of the work week. There will be local style food, some hula and music. Bring your instruments – ukulele, guitars,  etc.

Saturday Oct. 11th
Cocktails at 5:00 PM
Dinner at 6:00 PM
Hula and music after dinner
$25 adults/ $12 kids.

MENU: Garden salad with papaya seed dressing, kalua pork, ginger-crusted snapper, pineapple chicken,  Stir-fried veggies, sweet potatoes, rice & dessert

Note: we will have BBQ oysters for sale as a fundraiser for the  ENF (Elks National Foundation Scholarships)
Mark your calendar, and make your reservation with the Secretary by October 8th, Wednesday!

Btw, Joe is asking that you RSVP for both Dinner and if you will be attending so they know how many tables to setup. Thought then menu isn’t quite ready yet I’m sure that Joe has an Ono-licious dish in the works. RSVP one now!

l hope to be back from Sonoma by 6pm which should give us enough time to setup and get going it going by 7pm-ish.  Hope to see you folks there! Don’t forget to RSVP if you will be attending and/or joining us for Dinner.

Hele On Ukulele 2014:

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As you can see from above, a  great time was had by all at the Hele On Ukulele contest held on 9/28. Click this link, Hele On Ukulele 2014  to view some the great photos by Mark, Nohea and myself. Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that supported, participated and assisted PIKO in this fundraiser. A special Mahalo to the San Rafael Elks for providing PIKO with such a beautiful venue. We really couldn’t have done it without you all.

Along with the wonderful Ukulele performances and witnessing the pure joy of the Keiki participating in all the events, perhaps one of the most heart warming news I heard was from one of the participants. From her experience at the event, she was so inspired that she’s decided to include the Ukulele in her school music program,  right here in San Rafael. Which means we may end up with more Keiki participants next year, how exciting! The seeds have been planted . . . somewhere over the rainbow . . .

Mahalo Waiwai for the great video!


Rick Pruett and Breigh (she’s the one modeling the beautiful red Mamos dresses). Along with being a great Ukulele Player, Rick is also an author and has written a mystery novel about Hawaii. His press release below:

CONTACT:  Rick Pruett, 415-426-9080
Email: Rickpruettnovelist@yahoo.com



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“Set on the streets of Oahu and the white sand beaches of Waikiki, a local man’s quest to solve a mystery of Hawaiian antiquity, leads him on a journey of murder and mayhem.”

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Nov.12— Local musician and award winning athlete Rick Pruett will debut his mystery  novel “Aloha Kahuna Soul” November 12, 2014, as part of RhythMantra Publishing’s Grand opening. He is planning a Jawaiian Jam party which will feature local Reggae and Hawaiian inspired artists.

Pruett, a San Francisco bay area based musician and former USATF Masters track and field All American, has been working toward publication for five years while coaching/ mentoring at-risk youth.  In addition, he is working as a injury rehabilitation consultant and has published a quick reference guide

“PAIN STOP NOW,” to help people who suffer from chronic pain.

Haunted by a chance meeting with a Kahuna, Alika Kealoha realizes the Hawaiian priest is a connection to the seafaring warriors of his ancestral past and the key to solving the mystery of his father’s disappearance. His investigation uncovers a secret, protected for hundreds of years by a Royal bloodline. Now pursued by murderous thugs, the tropical paradise he loves has turned into a nightmarish maze of betrayal and deceit. Alika finds solace and protection in a crew of locals, whose Mana leads him into a realm of unforeseen consequences. The results are devastating, unleashing a wave of retribution as powerful as a tsunami.

Rick Pruett is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings

Along with the release of his novel he’s also ‘releasing’ a beautiful Martin Tenor Ukulele to the ‘Wild’, i.e. For Sale:

Martin-w-c    Martin body  Martin head    Martin-back

Contact Rickpruettnovelist@yahoo.com or call him at the phone number above, for details about his book and/or  the Martin Ukulele.

UFOhana at the Shark-tober Fest

For those of you into Oktoberfest, here’s a little something different. Brudda David McGuire, one of the first members of the UFOhana, has invited the UFOhana to perform at the Sharktober Festival next week Saturday the 18th. It’s a Fund/ Awareness-Raiser  for and about the Sharks and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Please email me at Kaleikoa@piko.ws if you want to join in with the UFOhana (we’re the ‘Live Music’ part in the poster below). For those of you who participated in the World Oceans Day event, he guarantees that his event will be a lot more ‘busier’ than WOD. Please pass this onto your friends and ‘Ohana and help SOS (Save the Sharks)!

Btw, if you are participating you may want to car pool because of parking and get there no later than 10:30am for setup, we start at 11am. BYOGear, BYOWater, and of course BYAloha!

Below a map of the performance location (Gulf of the Farallones, circled) and parking areas (starred) ….

Sharktoberfest Parking Map-2014

Ok, that’s all I have for now. Hope to see you all this Saturday! Malama Pono All!

Yellow Moon Rising,
Stars against Indigo sky,
Sun bids Aloha . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,


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