061120: Vanikapila ʻEiwa (#9)


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Hope you’re all enjoying a little sunshine and some safe social interaction during this stage of the quarantine. Please be very aware, use PPE, and practice safe “Social Bubbling” (as some have called it).

We’re heading in our Virtual Kanikapila #9 this week. Below, the link to Saturday’s Vanikapila.

See you this Saturday!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve actually been doing this for nine weeks now. We definitely could not have done it without your support and generous donations. Which we used to improve our studio equipment and PPE for our studio musicians.

On behalf of Nohea and myself, Mahalo nui loa to you and to our Studio Band for keeping Kanikapila alive for our UFOhana.

Speaking of PPE, for those of you need check out the selection below, custom made by our very own Nohea . . . horns not included.

Call Nohea at 415-572-1175 for orders.

Since we’re on the topic of PPEs. Check out the novel shield below, made from the clear cover sheet from a Poster Frame. Yes, that’s our very own Lois.

We were thinking, since we put so much work into the Vanikapilas, that we should keep the Live Stream going even after C19 blows over for our UFO Pilots not able to physically attend our Friday and Saturday events.

Please take note of the message below from Tucker . . .

We get by with a little help from our friends 

To my friends,

During these troubled times,

If you’re young at heart and believe in Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and toys for good girls and boys – and lumps of coals for those who aren’t. I’ve acquired enough coal over the years to keep a small city toasty for a century.    So. . .

A while back I was strumming Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and I thought ‘What if Santa couldn’t come to town? What if Santa disappeared and couldn’t deliver toys on Christmas Eve?’ And what if three elves who didn’t really believe in boys and girls ended up traveling the world and saving Christmas. I wrote the children’s book and screenplay “Twinkle, Twister and Starlight Save Christmas.”  

I have a dream that someone at Netflix, HBO or Pixar etc. . . will read the screenplay, listen to my original songs and turn “Twinkle, Twister and Starlight Save Chrismas,” into a Holiday Special rivaling ‘Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Frosty the Snow Man.’

If you have the time to give it a read, I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. On the home page at tucksplace.net, the screenplay for “Twinkle Twister and Starlight Save Christmas” is easily accessible. You can hear the songs by clicking the link (in VIOLET) as you read the screenplay.

thank you

EMAIL  tspoltz@gmail.com or give me a holler at

Below, Nohea catches Rocky the squirrel and new friend. Click to view photo album and video of Rocky and Friend Frolicking . . .

Click above to view online album and video.
Click above for last week’s Vanikapila album.


bright constellations,
a song sails a gentle breeze,
sky fades indigo.

Malama Pono Kakou,


Don’t be chicken about using your mask!


060120: Vanikapila ʻEwalu (#8)


Aloha Ahi Ahi Kakou,

I hope you’re all keeping safe and maintaining your sanity through all the madness going on in our ‘Aina at the moment.

It’s so sad that so many see this as an opportunity to wreak havoc for all the wrong reasons under the guise of our right to “peaceful” protest. What’s even sadder is listening to the comments of those that justify this violence. Including the vandalism, which made me think of something we saw on our Hawai’i trip last year. Instead of vandalizing a wall with a spray paint they did this . . .

A “Healing W.A.L.L” on the empty side of the local Pearl city Foodland Grocery Store, filled with sticky note messages that was once full of graffiti . . . brilliant! If you’re ever on O’ahu stop by and read the messages. Many are very poetic and heartfelt messages to loved ones who have passed on. Foodland is a major meeting hub for the local community a perfect place for this.
  • Healing W.A.L.L. (With Aloha Love Lives)
  • Nohea’s message in the center, from the UFOhana

I was just thinking about how ironic it is that it’s only during the looting you see almost everyone wearing a face mask. Somethings never change . . . please, hoʻomaluhia kakou and keep Aloha in our hearts.

Mahalo nui kakou for your support and attendance last week. Also, to our Studio Musicians Lynnette “Lineke” Boosey, Ted “The Hair” Meister, Rick “The Ripper” Creelman and Sandy “The Bass Commander” Bailey.

Saturday, was a little trying as I had catastrophic equipment failure just 10 minutes before going live. Luckily I had enough spare gear to reassemble a (somewhat) working system. Sorry for the delay.

I know there was comment about sound issues. Please keep in mind that it’s not easy for me, during the gig, to stop everything and start diagnosing issues that aren’t obvious on our end. Also, that we don’t hear exactly what your hear on your side and that unless everyone is reporting the same issue, consider that it may be something on your end.

That said, know that I do look into possible causes after the event. Last week I spent 3 hours diagnosing a bad echo that was reported. Though it’s not obvious in the recording from last week I did find possible causes and made adjustments. Hoping for the best this coming Saturday. Thanks for your feedback and for sticking with us.

So this week we’re onto Vanikapila number 8. Has it been two months already? Click below, the link to the upcoming event.

Click above this coming Saturday and kanikapila with us!

Last week’s images . . .

Middle row, images from old Hawai’i. Bottom row, just old . . .


anger becomes hate,
sadness as hope fades away,
like tears from a star . . .

Malama Pono Each Other, pass it on!

Me ke aloha pumehana,


Will somebody please buy these masks so I get my table back?
Jake needs his table back . . . please kokua . . . Mahalo!