062520: Vanikapila ʻUmi kūmākahi (#11)


Aloha UfOhAnA,

We’re over the weekly hump and heading into Vanikapila #11 this Saturday. Same Bat Channel but NOT the same Bat Time.

I had to change the time to 12 – 2pm because of an experiment I’m trying out this Saturday. I’ve been considering opening up our backyard to a limited number of Socially Distanced Ukulele Pilots. There’s more shade in the back yard at 12 than at 2, not wanting to cook our SDUPs, I figured these would be best time. I’m also setting up a couple of 10’x10′ pop-ups for the less shadier areas.

The band would perform indoors as usual during the live stream, but we would open up the patio picture windows to the SDUPs and provide speakers so they can hear/play along with us during the session.

I already have guinea pi . . . , uh, volunteers for this Saturday and if it works out we may be able to do weekly rotations of Outdoor Kanikapila-ers. Giving everyone, who wish, a chance to participate in person.

Below is the link to this week’s Vanikapila #11. Btw, I forgot to mention that the links to the video is “unlisted” and the only to view previous sessions would be through the past postings (unless you’ve stored the link). Btw, you’re welcome to share the links with friends and family.

Don’t forget we start 12 instead of 2.

For those of you curious about Studio K’ULU PPE click below to view a short walk through of the UFOHQ setup. All made possible by your generous donations.


What you don’t see are the fans I’ve set up around the perimeter and center of the room to blow the air away from the musicians and out of the patio.

Below, images from last week’s Vanikapila.

Click above to view online album.

Again, thank you all so much for your support and donations that help the Vanikapila running and our musicians safe. Your (virtual) attendance and Aloha make this all worth the hard work that our Studio K’ULU Musicians, Nohea and myself (more) put into it. Let’s hope that the O.K. goes well for the SDUPs and we can start seeing some of you (from a safe distance) “fo’ Real Kine!”


rising from the dark,
a soft reply to the call,
caution in purpose.

Aloha A Hui Hou,


Can we go out now? I’m bored . . .
Honolulu Uke Team is a GO! Apologies and Mahalos to Bizarro Comics, just couln’t resist.


061720: Vanikapila ʻUmi (#10)


Aloha Ahi Ahi My V’Ohana,

I know we’re still living the virtual kanikapila life. But at least we’re all staying safe and healthy I hope.

Anyway, we’re on the way to our 10th Vanikapila this Saturday, link to the event is below.

You know where to click this Saturday!

Mahalo to all of you for your kind words of encouragement and for sticking with us through this learning process, we seem to be stabilized for now and more or less in the fine tuning process. For those of you having problems hearing the Bass last week, it’s probably because you are listening on a device with a Teeny little speaker (like a tablet or smartphone). These devices are not capable of reproducing the deep bass notes through those speakers. I would recommend you either hook them up to a larger speaker system or use a headphone. I listened to last week’s session and the bass sounds fine on my PC Speaker System.

Below are images of the Great Wall of PPE. The stands are normally used for Photo Backdrops and the plastic sheeting is 12 feet of mildew/mold/bacterial resistant shower curtains.

Setting up the Mega PPE Wall

Below is the finished product decorated with flowers by Nohea.

PPE Wall test run.

Below, assembling the UFOPilot’s personal PPE Walls.

Mahalo to our Donors for your contributions which enabled us to build these safety devices. We’re hoping to assemble more of these PPEs in hopes that in the future it will allow us to open up to the UFOHQ to Socially Distanced and PPE protected Kanikapilas.

Speaking of PPE. Check out Nohea’s new line of PPE fabrics. Select your favorite combo and put in your order now at 415-572-1175.

  • Ya-ello, Nohea? Ya, it’s me. I want 10 of those pretty little mermaids with chickens. Ya, that’s right, and tell Del I want my Aloha Shirt Back. Mahalo, Mahalo Nui Loa.

Click below to view last week’s Vanikapila album.


we march on endless,
questioning the right and wrong,
forever hoping . . .

Be well, be safe and be careful!

See you when you jack-in this Saturday.

Aloha A Hui Hou,


We come in cheese . . . take us to your litter . . .