011519: Elks = Friday, UFOHQ = Saturday, Brittni Paiva = Sunday


Aloha Everyone,

The rains are upon us once again. Thankfully there are breaks between, giving Nohea time to run out and clear the drains of leaves and such. We’re managing pretty well so far and we thank all that have expressed concern about flooding at the UFOHQ. So far our Hangar remains dry and ready for incoming Ukulele Pilots, not to mention a pretty eventful weekend.

Starting with . . .

Friday: Elks State President Kanikapila

A special event at the San Rafael Elks lodge honoring the visit of the Elks State President. So, we were thinking maybe a little dress up in some fine Gold, Black and Bling might be in order for the ES President. But Joe is asking that we keep it casual. Hopefully, some of you have some casual, black, gold and not too blingy wear . . . anyway, we’re playing in the bar, but dinner is served in the dining room.

Brudda Joe Tato has a Ono-licious Local Kine menu lined up:
Appetizers (5:30PM)
Dinner (6:30PM) $15:
Garden Salad, Huli Huli Chicken, Herb Pesto Crusted Fish with Coconut Reduction, Tofu Stir Fry, Garlic Fried Rice, Brown Rice, Kimichi and a special Dessert (from Jen and Virginia).

Click to RSVP  

Mahalo to Joe and the San Rafael Elks for always being such great hosts to the
UFOhana! Click here for event details.

Saturday Kanikapila at UFOHQ (Special Guests)

It’s our “not so” usual Kanikapila click this link for details.

Sunday Workshop and Concert with Brittni Paiva

Seats are still available! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and experience one of Hawaii’s Premiere Ukulele Artists up close and personal! Click here for details.

Photos from Last Week

Click images below for last week’s Kanikapilas

The usual Friday Night suspects . . .

The Saturday Serenaders . . .


star flickers above,
day creeps slowly into night,
the dark veil descends.

Be careful in the rain everyone!

Aloha A Hui Hou,

He followed me home . . . can I keep him?


010819: Friday & Saturday = UFOHQ


Aloha All,

Well here we are in the second week of the year, sliding into another wet weekend. Well I hope no one is sliding on the roads at least.

As you can see, we’re gathering a the UFOHQ Friday and Saturday for this week’s Kanikapilas. Click here to view the Events Calendar for details on both.

Don’t forget about our Workshop / Concert with special Guest Brittni Spears . . . . oops sorry, the other Brittni . . . . Brittni Paiva on the 20th. Even Mo’ Betta! Click here for details.

Click the January Birthday Babies below to view images from last Friday’s Kanikapila. Mahalo Nui Loa to Reverend chip for keeping his Hale open to us!

Hauoli La Hanau!

. . . and click Alvin Presley below for our Saturday Shenanigans . . . I believe there’s even a video of Mr. A. Presley’s amazing Medley of R&R Favs in the album!

One fo’ the Money, two fo’ da’ sho’ . . .

skin stung by crisp air,
billowing currents of sky,
crows leap onto lawns.

. . . from blindness the hope of a generation . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou!

I like mine shaken AND stirred!


010219: Hauoli Maka Hiki Hou!


Welcome to the New Year Everyone!

Our first Friday Kanikapila will be at held at Campbell Hall in Sausalito. Click here for details and Click here for our first Saturday Kanikapila details.

I’m still in disbelief at how fast the year went by and then suddenly, here we are at the beginning of 2019! For those of you who missed last year’s final kanikapila(s) click the images below.

Last Friday’s:

Last Saturday’s . . .

And click below for images of our first Kanikapila of 2019. The UFOhana Away Mission at Planet CAoS (California Academy of Sciences) . . .

. . . 40 to beam down Scotty . . . set Ukuleles to Stunning!

Mahalo Nui to the Away Team members for sending out all that Aloha to the CAoS inhabitants and their guests. I believe we well very well received by the CAoS staff and their public. I approached our handler / primary contact about possibly taking the poster below home and was told that, “We’re saving it for Next Year” , OMG!

I guess we better start practicing our “educational songs for science lovers of all ages” now! Also, our A/V contact mentioned that the was very touched by our rendition of “Over the Rainbow” . . . . so I gave him a copy of our Flight Manual. He was very grateful and was pleased to see that he would be able to play our songs on his guitar.

You just never know sometimes . . .

. . . btw, above, that’s Madison and Gerson next to Lynnette from about two years ago

Here they are as of yesterday . . .

. . . Madison’s sporting a ‘shorter’ hairdo this year and Gerson’s almost as tall as Lynnette!

In case some of you are waxing nostalgic (and have time to view about 5200 photos), click here for UFOhana Events from 2018. It’s sorted from December to January. Mahalo to Nohea, Donna, Tony and all the other photographers that contributed to UFOhana Archives. It’s pretty amazing to see how busy we were / are / will be / I’m tired just thinking about it!


captured by a sun,
a messenger from afar,
silently waiting . . .

Malama Pono Ka Kou!


Doing his best Hamster Imitation


122418: Friday & Saturday Kanikapila = UFOHQ


Just wanting to post this one a little early and wish a Mele Kalikimaka to our beloved UFOhana!

On behalf of Nohea, Jake and myself I want to send a very heartfelt Mahalo Nui Loa to you all for sharing your Aloha, warmth and generous gifts with us this past Friday and Saturday. It really amazes me and now much positive energy this Ohana can generate when we get together, and it’s all because of this teeny little instrument. I can’t imagine life without one, well maybe two, or three . . . anyway it’s definitely part of our DNA now.

So this Friday we’re meeting at the UFOHQ at our usual run time of 7pm-10pm. We’ve decided to give everyone a break and make an “Theme-less” night. Though we’re still doing a Bring Yummy Food (PotLuck) theme of sorts, BYOMusic Stands and always some spare Aloha to go around. Though that doesn’t seem to be a problem with our group.

Saturday we’ll also be at the UFOHQ at our usual time of 2-4pm. BYOBS (no Gary, that Beverages and Snacks), also BYOBlahBlahBlahBlah . . . anyway you folks know the routine and please text me at 4153007804 if you need a seat.

Last Friday Ugly Sweater / PJ Kanikapila

Click below for images of the Ugly Sweater / PJ festivities last Friday.

Saturday Kanikapila with Ken Emerson

So last Saturday we thought we’d have a nice quiet Kanikapila since we were all so rowdy the night before. Then Carolyn brings this guy Ken Emerson along with Lois and well . . . . let’s just say that we hope he comes back! Suffice to say that ukulele heavens parted when he played lap steel (insert angelic choir here – Ah aaaaa) and I’m told he really rips on his teeny little soprano ukulele, which he didn’t get to play this time around. I mean after all, just how many times can one person part the heavens in a day? But all kidding aside, Mahalo Carolyn and Lois for sharing Ken with the Ohana. Mahalo to Ken for being such a great sport and for sharing his Aloha, A Hui Hou Brudda!

There’s another week ahead of us, Malama Pono everyone, keep dry and warm. Don’t forget to share the Aloha, lots of tense drivers and shoppers out there!

Indigo glowing,
Luna parts the night’s abyss,
Warmth in the darkness.

Mele Kalikimaka a pau,


Sheesh, what a weekend I’m bushed!