112018: T-Day Hana Hou this Friday and Saturday at the UFOHQ


Aloha Ahi Ahi Ka Kou,

We hope you’re all managing to stay well through all the Smog and Cold Weather of late. I hear from a friend that the air is actually cleaner down in LA. Hmmm, maybe I should have moved there after all . . . . NAH! Thankfully, the rains are coming. Hopefully it will help our Fire Fighters and clear the air.

We will be gathering this Friday at the UFOHQ for our Annual T-Day Hana Hou Kanikapila! For the newbies out there, this is where we encourage you to bring your “homeless” T-Day left overs to share with your ‘Ohana. We are gathering at our usual time of 7-10p, BYOMusicStands, I think we are good for chairs, and BYOBeverage, in case you need something ‘extra’ to wash down that left over whatevers. Oh, and don’t forget to BYAloha and DA’ GRAVY!

This Saturday we’re back at the UFOHQ once again at our usual time of 2p-4p. BYOBev&Snacks & T-Day Leftovers (if you like), BYOMusicStands and more Aloha if you can spare some.

Again, if you’ll be attending this week and wish to RSVP a seat, please text me at 415-300-7804 with who you are (I don’t always get a name if you’re not in my contacts list) and for how many seats.

Btw, you may have noticed that the blog appears a little different? That’s probably because it is. I’ve switched to a hosting service that provides for more features than the last, at less cost. One notable feature being an Upcoming Events Listing (off to the right side of the page). At the very bottom of the events list there is a View All Events link that will show a month view of events. Very nifty huh? You may want to check out the December 1 and December 2 events for the SMART Train Toys for Tots Kanikapila. Hopefully some of you will be able to make at least one of the events, if not both.

Please take note of the following as well from Madison:

. . . . we now return you to your regular programming . . . 

Click below for last Friday’s Kanikapila Album:

Click below for SVWC Kanikapila Images:

Mahalo Craig and Nohea for the great photos!

deep mustard moonrise,
dusty clouds veil amber moon,
day burns into night . . . 

Looking over the past year of Kanikapila Images really makes Nohea and myself thankful for being part of such a fun, giving and caring ‘Ohana. Never have we felt more like a family . . . we are truly blessed . . .

On behalf of Nohea and myself (and Jake too) we like to wish you all a 
Hau‘oli Lā Ho‘omaika‘i (Happy Thanksgiving) and hope to see you all soon! 


And don’t forget the gravy!


111418: Friday=UFOHQ, Saturday=Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club


Aloha Ahi Ahi Kakou!

Brrrrrrrrr! Cough! Cough! I hope you’re all doing well through all this cold and smoke. Please send your Alohas and good Mana out to all the survivors of the horrendous fires that’s ravaging our State. Let’s pray that our first responders and firefighters come home safely from their battle with the flames.

As you may already know, we’ll be at the UFOHQ this Friday, I’ve installed some FPR10 (Smoke inhibiting) Air Filters in our UFOHQ windows to help provide a smoke free environment while we Kanikapila the night away. That’s two in the windows behind Mike and Tracy in the photo below . . .

We’re running the Friday Kanikapila 7p-10p, Potluck, BYOBeverage, BYOMusicStands, BYAloha, I’m sure you already know the routine. TEXT me at 4153007804 if you’ll be joining us, remember if you email me, I probably won’t get it. But no worries we can always make room and we always have plenty of  chairs!

Mahalo Nui Loa to the Elks for hosting us last Friday and to Joe and his Kitchen Krew for the wonderful Kaukau! Mahalo to all that attended and made it such an up beat, energetic night! Nothing like two cups of coffee before a gig to get things going! Nectar of the A.D.D. Gods. I hear our guests from New York were thoroughly entertained and /or humiliated or some of all of the above?

Click below for online album . . .

Since Thanksgiving falls so close to our usual Fourth Saturday in Sonoma, we’ve decided to move it up to this Saturday the 17th. This way our Sonoma ‘Ohana can spend some quality time with their own.

We’ll be there 2p-4p, BYOGear (Music Stands), BYS$$$ to donate to the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club and BAS (Bring  Any Snacks) you’d like to share with our Sonoma ‘Ohana.

Last Saturday we gathered at the UFOHQ, a small but very lively group, sort of a “Smokey” Cabaret “atmosphere”. Click below for online album . . .

A Mid-day Night falls,
Ashen specks of lives adrift,
Foreboding winds moan.

Take care everyone, keep those N95s on!

Aloha A hui hou,


Jake’s on vacation we’re filling in . . .


110718: Friday=Elks Lodge, Saturday=UFOHQ


Aloha Ka Kou,

Can you believe it’s the 2nd week of November already? Which means we’ll be at the Elks this Friday, 6:30pmish (for those that want to partake in the Ono-licious Dinner) to 9:pmish. BYOGear (book lights and music stands) and BYAloha to share with our Elks ‘Ohana. Mahalo to the Elkders for being such gracious hosts.

Last week Rev. Chip hosted us at Campbell Hall and what a great turnout that was. We even celebrated some Birthdays! Mahalo to Gary for the fabulous Chocolate Cake. Mahalo to Fada Chip for opening his Hale, for sharing his beautiful voice and Aloha with us.

Click below for images from last Friday.

This Saturday we’re back at the UFOHQ. 2-4pm, BYOMusicStands (as we often run out of music stands), BYOBS (Beverages and Snacks), always BYAloha. Text me at 4153007804 if you wish to RSVP a seat. Click below for images of last week’s Kanikapila.

For those of you who missed it, click image below for one last look at all the great Halloween Decorations that Nohea outfitted the UFOHQ with.

Don’t forget to watch the videos! It’ll HAUNT you!

Btw, one of UFOhana Keiki is in need of our support.

Madison is still accepting donations to her Band’s upcoming  Europe Trip. Please check it out below……

From Madison:

Aloha All,

Mahalo for your support in advanced our project!

Click here to support Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra Tour organized by Madison Sneath

I also made a YouTube video of me playing my audition piece on Saturday so anyone who wasn’t there can listen to me play: Madison Sneath Playing Fantasy by Francis Thomé

I also have all of my concert dates already so all of you guys can mark your calendars extra early to hear what you’re helping me do :)All of our concerts are held in the James Dunn Theater at the College of Marin in Kentfield.

December 2nd is our Winter Concert from 7-9.
May 5th is our Spring Concert from 7-9.
June 19th is a concert put on the day before we go off to Europe from 7-9.

This means so much to me, thank you for helping me spread the word and for all the support you’ve given me through the years! See you next Time! 🙂

…….. please donate whatever you can to help with our Keiki’s Musical Development. Mahalo Nui Loa!

I have some sad news from our Hawaiian ‘Ohana in the Bay Area. Tennyson Lum, leader of one of the Bay Area’s Premiere Hawaiian Bands Ka Ehu Kai, suddenly passed away this past Saturday. I believe he was only 58 . . .

I had the pleasure of managing Ka Ehu Kai for sometime and became good friends with “Tenn”. He was an extremely talented song writer, singer, Ukulele Player, Drummer (Tahitian and R&R), Hula Choreographer and a good friend.  I consider him a major influence in my taking up the Ukulele and the forming the UFOhana. We had the good fortune of he and his band attend one of our UFOhana Kanikapila a while back. What a night that was,  we played music all night long, I don’t think we got to bed until after 2 AM . . .

Mahalo Tenn for all the Aloha and Mele you shared with us.

Our sincerest Aloha Pumehana to his wife Ofelia and his daughter Tenise, his sister Deanie.

Click the image below for a short video homage of my time with Tennyson and Ka Ehu Kai . . .

Click here for an album of my good times with Tenn and Ka Ehu Kai

suddenly a loss,
a void of sadness remains,
where have they all gone?

Malama Pono Ka Kou,



102918: Kanikapila . . . Friday=Campbell Hall, Saturday=UFOHQ


Aloha Ahi Ahi Everyone,

Can you believe it’s almost November already? And of course with that comes our First Friday of the month which means we’ll be be at the Campbell Hall in Sausalito, 6:30pm to 9ish pm. BYPotluck, BYMusicStands and BYMaheleAloha (to share). Mahalo to Rev. Chip for hosting us once again! Btw, if anyone’s available, we could use some help setting up tables and chairs. Mahalo.

I also want to extend a Mahalo Nui Loa to all the great UFOhana Pilots who “Came As They Weren’t” last Friday. It just amazes me that we never have a shortage of such great and imaginative costumes. Not to mention a surprise Keep Your Eye’s on the Hands AND A Papalini Lahi Lahi Hula with Pauline, Charlotte and Melann with authentic (not so dainty) “Cheeks”? Click the right one below to view the Friday Night Fanatics!

Last Saturday was our first Kanikapila at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club in two months. What a great turnout that was. Mahalo to the SVWC for being such great hosts and for keeping the doors open for us. Click below to view the great photos from Nohea and Craig. Mahalo Hula Mai and to all that made it such a high energy and fun event!

Ok, see you folks in November! Keep warm and well everyone!

leaves give up their hold,
torn from limbs by the cold wind,
earthen tapestries.

Hauʻoli Lā Heleuī (Happy Halloween)!

That damn Percival!