110220: Vanikapila Kanakolu (#30)


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana Pilots!

Is Halloween really over, already? Hard to believe. Oh but what a great magical night it was! A fantastic full Blue Moon with a special appearance of our Tree Dragon (check out the photos)!

Mahalo nui to the Vanikapila-ers and Outdoor Kanikapila-ers that made it such a special night. Mahalo Nui Loa to Pauline, Linda A and my Nohea for helping set the stage for our night with the Heleuī (Halloween) Spirits. To Don for contributing hardware and fun stuff for that night as well and do those who sent in photos of their Vanikapila Costumes.

A special mahalo to those who donated $$$ to make all this fun/craziness possible, with those funds I was able to add another 8 (pressure treated) feet to our hula dance floor!

Check out the Halloween Night videos and photos by clicking the collage below.

Below, a Halloween Quiz. Guess who this cute trick or treater is in her fancy Mu’u Mu’u with her handsome boyfriend.

So we’re back to our regular programming for this Saturday’s Vanikapila. 11am – 1pm, same Bat channel same Bat Time.

Remember to RSVP at 415-300-7804 if you’ll be attending as an OK-er. Don’t forget to text your song requests (Book #, Page#) to Nohea at 415-572-1175 if you can get on the Livestream Chat.

Click above to access this Saturday’s livestream.


jeweled orb rising,
against a black velvet night,
spirits dance in joy.

OK, time to tear down Halloween and start thinking about Christmas. Be sure to check out the videos in the Halloween album of the Amazing Haunted Vendola Cafe Backyard!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


How do you like my Tuxedo Dog costume? Can you tell it’s me?
I like it! Looks very yummy!


102720: Vanikapila Iwakālua kūmāiwa (#29)


Aloha Ahi Ahi Kakou,

Here we are, another Socially Distanced Holiday coming up, along with our 1st ever “Strum As You Aren’t” Vanikapila, or for the the Outdoor Kanikapila-ers it would the 1st ever “Outdoor Come As You Aren’t.” Here’s hoping to a good, safe, turnout for this event. Don’t forget to send me photos, for of those of you who will be “Strumming As They Aren’t” (i.e. In Costume) to post on our SAYA Album for this year.

Remember, we’re moving this event to this Saturday, 10/31, 6:30pm to 8:30pm or, as they say in Military Time, 10.31.20 18:30 – 20:30 HRS.

Please text me at 415-300-7804 if you’ll be joining us Saturday Evening. Remember it may be cool, bring your books lights, BYOWB (Bring Your Warm Beverages) if you’d like and don’t forget your mask (the PPE Kind).

I was watching our LiveStream from last week and noticed that the video started off smooth and then became a little jerky. I’m thinking this might be because of the extra cameras I added. I made some adjustments in OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) and ran some tests. I’m thinking the video resolution may be too high. Funny thing is that the source video was perfectly smooth and the connection health was “Excellent” according to YouTube? Ah, the mysteries of the Internet and YouTube! Let’s hope it’ll be better this week. Fortunately the audio was not jerky, but that’s not saying much . . . I’m told . . . hmmmmm.

Any way, onward we strum . . . below, last week’s Vanikapila Images.

Click above to view online album.

Below, the link to Saturday’s Strum as you aren’t Vanikapila.

Click above if you dare . . . . bwahahahahahahaha , , , or not.

For your viewing pleasure, Ukulele Artifacts found on the Internet.

Finally, I’d like to share this thank-you card to the UFOhana and PIKOhana from No’eau (Madison).



a life of moments,
days into months into years,
we can only hope.

Hope to connect with you sometime this week!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


Huh, what? Yeah, a glowing pillow, whatevers . . .