121420: Vani-Kalikimaka #35


Aloha All,

I’ve decided that it just wouldn’t be right to let “Kalikimaka” slip by without any “Mele” from the UFOhana.

So, applying the principles of K.I.S.S., Social Distancing, Murphy’s Laws and Quantum Entanglement, I’ve decided to slip back to our original Vanikapila (LiveStream) configuration when we first began this whole Live Streaming process 9 months ago. With just a minimal number of musicians (me, myself, I and Sandy, and maybe one more) and no Outdoor Kanikapila. At least this way some of you will be able to join in on some kind of “Christmas Cheer”.

Now I must iterate, NO OK-ers allowed IN our yard. That said, I am not responsible for anyone listening in OUT(side) of our yard. I was told that we can be heard all the to the Levee, which is not dry (for you American Pie lovers out there), and quite a safe distance as far as Social Distancing goes. As is the parking lot and the immediate school area behind us. But again, I am not responsible for anyone listening outside of my property, listen at your own risk and BYOGear.

Back to the Vani-Kalikimaka. I’ve updated our Winter 2019 Flight manual with a few more songs. Click here to download the current 2020 Winter Flight Manual, Mahalo to Rick, Sandy and Ralph for their contributions to the manual. It’s in PDF format, setup for Duplex Printing, in case you’re wanting to print yourself a hard copy.

We’ll be playing from the 2020 Winter Flight Manual this coming Saturday and (hopefully if the COVID police doesn’t lock me up) the Saturday after, so keep the 2020 WFM handy.

Again, if you can’t get on the LiveStream chat and want to request a song. Text Nohea at 415-572-1175. In fact text or call her if you want to schedule a private shopping session or to order any of the items below as last minute Stocking Stuffers (non-Holiday Patterns also available):

Below the link to the Vani-kalikimaka #35.

A big Mahalo to the UFOhana Pilots that did a flyby to inspect our Christmas Topiaries and decorations. It’s been and work in progress, but a fun one and apparently brings joy to some of our neighbors as well. Many are surprised to find an “Oasis of Christmas” just beyond the ugly shipping containers.

Please spread the word about the UFOHQ Landing Lights for wayward Christmas Pilots or ‘Ohana in need of some visual cheer.

If you’re up to it, consider taking a selfie in front of the UFOHQ Kalikimaka nani kamahaʻo (Christmas Splendor) and emailing it to me for posting on the Blog. Kind of our way of connecting through these virtual times and cybernetic universes, so to speak. I believe Pauline has already beamed up some artifacts to the 2020 Christmas Album. Check it out.

Uh . . . look behind you girls . . .

About spreading “the word”. Click the following link for a very cool video from Susan Kessler featuring a special show/display/concert at the Bishop Museum chronicling the evolution of stringed instruments in Hawaii. It doesn’t appear to be a final edit so you’ll need to be patient and wait for the audio (which does go in and out). There are great performances by various local Hawaiian artists. At about the 40 minute mark there’s Douglas Po’oloa Tolentino. A talented falsetto vocalist who’s actually playing a Les Rietfors Ukulele!

OMG! A LES? you say.

Yes a Les Reitfors. You can tell because of Les’ trademark Hawaiian Flag on the headstock and classic Martin body shape and of course, the sound. So nice to see that one of Les’ Ukuleles are actually being played by a Hawaiian. I know he’s smiling down right now. Mahalo Susan K for sharing this one!

Keep an eye on his Ukulele, a rare early model Les Rietfors. Very similar to the ones owned by a few lucky UFOhana Pilots, including the UFOSqL. If only Les had lived to see this, he’d be grinning from ear to ear.


day gives way to night,
artificial stars glow bright,
joyous stage is set.

Happy Hanukkah to our Jew-iians!

Moses parts Waikiki Beach?

Okidoki, that’s it for this week. C U Folks in the Void and remember, nobody in our yard.

Malama Pono Kakou,


I know when you are sleeping, I know when you’re awake. So be good to your cat Jake!


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