081021: Vanikapila 33.21


Aloha Kakahiaka UFOhana,

Well, here we are, yet another week of fires, drought, and disease. It’s all starting to sound like we’re stuck in bad pre-apocalyptic Sci Fi movie. Though there is the cooling fog from time to time and our weekly Vanikapilas that help make it through the sometimes dismal week. Keep sending your good Mana out to our First Responders who are battling to keep us safe in all this madness.

A sincere Mahalo nui loa to those of you that made this past Saturday’s Vanikapila another one filled with fun and so much Aloha. We are so fortunate to have such a strong and caring ‘Ohana.

Click above for more photos and videos!

This Friday is the second Friday of the month which means we’ll be at the Elks Magnolia Terrace for outdoor Kanikapila with Dinner. Click here for event details.

And Saturday we’ll be back at the UFOhana Headquarters for our usual Saturday Vanikapila.

Remember, all Vendola Café event attendees must be fully vaccinated.

Text me at 415-300-7804 if you will be attending IRL (In Real Life) and text Nohea at 415-572-1175 for comments, questions, and song requests (if you can get on chat).

Click above for this Saturday’s Vanikapila.

Speaking of ‘Ohana at the Magnolia Terrace . . .

Aunty Ku’uipo and Dena. Click above to view Aunty’s online Album. For someone in her late 90’s, when we first met her, you’ll see from the album that she managed to join us quite frequently.

For those of you who might remember Aunty Ku’uipo, please note the following from Dena, Aunty Ku’uipo’s niece:

Dear Del and Wally,

It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that Auntie Eleanor has left us, just one month shy of her 103rd birthday.

After these many months of lockdown, she was finally able to return to more of a social life just a couple of months ago. On Tuesday night, after an enjoyable weekend that included the 100th birthday of a neighbor, she slipped quietly away.

We are all devastated by the sudden loss, but comforted that her ending was peaceful and mercifully fast. She hadn’t been able to dance (other than a few steps in her home) since last year, although she made good use of those lovely hula hands even from wheelchair and her bed. 

Please convey our thanks to everyone at UFOhana, who brought her so very much joy and Hawaiian hospitality in her later years, and no doubt helped to keep her with us for a good long while.

And thank you from the bottom of my heart, Wally, for your gift of her on video. We have just started revisiting your beautiful work and it will be a treasured part of our memorials — and memories — for a very long time. It would be great if we can sometime work with you to do more with your project.

I’m glad to be receiving UFOhana emails and one of these days I would love to join you again.

Meanwhile, I’m sending love and great appreciation for all of you.



Dena mentioned Wally’s special videos of Aunty Ku’uipo. Wali has made them available to the UFOhana. His 1st promo video is below. More to come later.

Mahalo Nui Wali for sharing . . .

This is the 3 minute promo.

Btw, during Susan’s Tribute hula to Aunty, Keep Your Eyes on The Hands, Nohea noticed a Monarch Butterfly that seemed to be ‘dancing’ with Susan during her hula . . . I think Aunty paid us a one last visit . . .


Mahalo Nui Loa e me ke aloha pumehana to your ‘Ohana for sharing such a rare living treasure with us. We are so fortunate to have met you, for bringing Aunty to our Kanikapilas and into our lives. The UFOhana will never forget her Sassy Hulas and Aloha she shared with us.

Aloha oe ʻanakē Ku’uipo


why? we often ask,
and the answer never comes,
only aloha

Malama Pono Kakou!


Is that you Aunty?


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