032415: Fancy dinner night at the elks


Aloha UFOhana,
Well it’s that time of the (end of the) month once again. So we’re meeting the Elks Bar this Friday for Fancy Dinner Night. Woohooo!

The Elks are also installing their new officers that night at 6pm. I understand that the Installation Ceremony is open to anyone interested. I believe it’ll be held at the Carriage House. Dinner will be served at 7PM. Here’s the menu from Brudda Joe Tato:

Elks Fancy Dinner and Installation of New Officer Ceremony
Installation Ceremony of Officers 6:00 PM public welcome
Dinner at 7:00 PM
$25 pp adult, RSVP Required by Wednesday 25th
Prime Rib or Salmon
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sautéed Vegetables
Caesar Salad and Bread
Kid dinner available $10 Hamburger and Fries, Kid Watch available
Email RSVP to: rsvp@elks1108.org or phone request to: 415-454-8835
Mahalo Nui Loa to Joe and Elk-ders for hosting us once again!

Last Friday was a busy but incredibly fulfilling day. It started with an amazing 100+ Keiki Kanikapila at Lynnette Boosey’s School, Lynwood Elementary. Click below for a link to the photo album.

032015 Lynwood Elementary Kanikapila

To think that just last year we were playing to them and now here they are playing WITH us! Mark was even playing the Bass and doing Ukulele Solos. Then they did an amazing Hanalei Moon, while Nohea hula’d On. As if that wasn’t maika’i enough they even  sang Koke’e, in Hawaiian (of course) beautifully! I’m sure Uncle Dennis was smiling down on them that day . . . Mahalo Lynnette for bringing the Ukulele into their lives and for doing such good work. So heart warming to see them jamming on their Ukes during lunch and running around with their Aloha Shirts. Brought back very fond memories of my elementary school, Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary.

Later that afternoon, after a 1 hour power nap, we had band practice with Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau, Hula Mai, and then right into Friday Night Kanikapila. Our day didn’t end until 12am that morning. If there was only a way to get paid for having this much fun!

032015 UFOHQ Kanikapila

Of course Sleeping Lady was waiting for us the next morning . . .
  032115 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

Ok, so that was it for last week. Pretty fun huh? Thank god there was nothing on Sunday!

An ocean of smiles,
Eager hands ready to strum,
Koke’e at last.



031815: We’re the ufohq this friday

Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

We’re gathering at UFOHQ once again this Friday. Same runtime as last week, 7PM until the last Pilot Stops Strumming. BYOPotLuck (aka Kaukau) something yummy and healthy (but as usual, desserts are also very welcome), BYOMusicStands, BYOFoldingChair (just in case we don’t have enough) and of course BYAlohaNuiLoa to share with everyone! Next Friday, 3/27/15, we’ll be back at the Elks Bar for our usual Special Dinner Kanikapila.

From Nohea, Jake (the Popoki) and myself, Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that participated in our 15th Anniversary Kanikapila. Your Aloha made it such a special and joyous event. Not to mention the out pouring of Hula from our lovely Hula Maidens! The mea ‘ai (food) was ‘ono loa (VERY delicious) and made that much more special when shared among friends.  We also want to thank all of that helped with the clean up. I couldn’t believe that there was not a dish to wash, or garbage and re-cycles to take out, at the end of the night! Our UFOhana Rocks big time! Mahalo also for the makana (gifts), the beautiful orchid lei, cards, pictures and sweets were not at all necessary but so appreciated by us both.

Below are images from the last week’s Kani’s . . . 1st up is the 15th Year Anniversary Images (click each collage to access the album):


Then we jammed at Wahine Moe Moe . . . btw, wasn’t little Mark great on the bass when he did Octopus’s Garden? It’s amazing the talent that have blossomed from our Keiki!


Hills of Shifting sand,
Makani Blows from the East,
Brings Distant Strumming . . .

Malama Pono All!

See you this Friday (and Saturday),