012319: Kanikapila Fri=UFOHQ, Sat=SVWC


Aloha Kakou,

Looks like the Sun will be with us for a while this week so we’ve been doing repairs on the UFOHQ perimeter wall (aka the fence) . . .

I hope you’ve all faired better through the past storms and had some time to play in the good weather.

This Friday we’re at the UFOHQ and Saturday at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. Click the links above for Friday and Saturday details.

Mucho Mahalos to all that helped make last Friday’s Kanikapila such a fun and well received event for the visiting Elks State President and guests. I hear from Joe and other Elks that the visiting Elks really enjoyed themselves and were quite impressed by all the positive energy (aka Aloha) shared by the UFOhana. Click below to view the action packed photos from that night. Where we had not one, but two (FREE) In A Canoe Hula Lessons!

Mahalo Nui to the Elks for the wonderful award (Calabash Bowl below) to PIKOhana recognizing PIKO’s contributions to our local Schools and Keiki.

The following Saturday we were treated to a couple of amazing Ukulele and Kihoalu Solos from the Smith Ohana Keiki, Ren and Kai. Click the following to view the album containing the videos.

But wait, there’s more . . .

Last Sunday we had a FUNtastic Workshop / Concert with Brittni Paiva! Mahalo to you all for making her feel so welcome, for showing such great support, genuine interest and Aloha to one of Hawaii’s premiere Ukulele Masters. Let’s all hope she visits us again soon. Mahalo Nui Loa Brittni and LeAnn, A Hui Hou!

Also want to extend a special Mahalo to Pauline, Dan-O, Susan, Marion, Sandy, Wally, Lopaka, my Ku’uipo Nohea, and many others that helped make this event possible. Mahalo nui ka kou for supporting Brittni on her return journey to the Ukulele.

UFOhana ikaika ʻoe!

Click below for images and videos from the event . . .

Click above to access the online album.
Brittni explains looping and sets up demo song for workshop. Click above to view video.
Brittni explains and demonstrates “The Chop” strum. Click above to view video.
Brittni’s Concert (approx. 1 hour long) Click above to view video.


when passion beckons,
reason calls to the true self,
return to our path.


LInda and Her Chicken . . . Pre-Jake . . .


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