121420: Vani-Kalikimaka #35


Aloha All,

I’ve decided that it just wouldn’t be right to let “Kalikimaka” slip by without any “Mele” from the UFOhana.

So, applying the principles of K.I.S.S., Social Distancing, Murphy’s Laws and Quantum Entanglement, I’ve decided to slip back to our original Vanikapila (LiveStream) configuration when we first began this whole Live Streaming process 9 months ago. With just a minimal number of musicians (me, myself, I and Sandy, and maybe one more) and no Outdoor Kanikapila. At least this way some of you will be able to join in on some kind of “Christmas Cheer”.

Now I must iterate, NO OK-ers allowed IN our yard. That said, I am not responsible for anyone listening in OUT(side) of our yard. I was told that we can be heard all the to the Levee, which is not dry (for you American Pie lovers out there), and quite a safe distance as far as Social Distancing goes. As is the parking lot and the immediate school area behind us. But again, I am not responsible for anyone listening outside of my property, listen at your own risk and BYOGear.

Back to the Vani-Kalikimaka. I’ve updated our Winter 2019 Flight manual with a few more songs. Click here to download the current 2020 Winter Flight Manual, Mahalo to Rick, Sandy and Ralph for their contributions to the manual. It’s in PDF format, setup for Duplex Printing, in case you’re wanting to print yourself a hard copy.

We’ll be playing from the 2020 Winter Flight Manual this coming Saturday and (hopefully if the COVID police doesn’t lock me up) the Saturday after, so keep the 2020 WFM handy.

Again, if you can’t get on the LiveStream chat and want to request a song. Text Nohea at 415-572-1175. In fact text or call her if you want to schedule a private shopping session or to order any of the items below as last minute Stocking Stuffers (non-Holiday Patterns also available):

Below the link to the Vani-kalikimaka #35.

A big Mahalo to the UFOhana Pilots that did a flyby to inspect our Christmas Topiaries and decorations. It’s been and work in progress, but a fun one and apparently brings joy to some of our neighbors as well. Many are surprised to find an “Oasis of Christmas” just beyond the ugly shipping containers.

Please spread the word about the UFOHQ Landing Lights for wayward Christmas Pilots or ‘Ohana in need of some visual cheer.

If you’re up to it, consider taking a selfie in front of the UFOHQ Kalikimaka nani kamahaʻo (Christmas Splendor) and emailing it to me for posting on the Blog. Kind of our way of connecting through these virtual times and cybernetic universes, so to speak. I believe Pauline has already beamed up some artifacts to the 2020 Christmas Album. Check it out.

Uh . . . look behind you girls . . .

About spreading “the word”. Click the following link for a very cool video from Susan Kessler featuring a special show/display/concert at the Bishop Museum chronicling the evolution of stringed instruments in Hawaii. It doesn’t appear to be a final edit so you’ll need to be patient and wait for the audio (which does go in and out). There are great performances by various local Hawaiian artists. At about the 40 minute mark there’s Douglas Po’oloa Tolentino. A talented falsetto vocalist who’s actually playing a Les Rietfors Ukulele!

OMG! A LES? you say.

Yes a Les Reitfors. You can tell because of Les’ trademark Hawaiian Flag on the headstock and classic Martin body shape and of course, the sound. So nice to see that one of Les’ Ukuleles are actually being played by a Hawaiian. I know he’s smiling down right now. Mahalo Susan K for sharing this one!

Keep an eye on his Ukulele, a rare early model Les Rietfors. Very similar to the ones owned by a few lucky UFOhana Pilots, including the UFOSqL. If only Les had lived to see this, he’d be grinning from ear to ear.


day gives way to night,
artificial stars glow bright,
joyous stage is set.

Happy Hanukkah to our Jew-iians!

Moses parts Waikiki Beach?

Okidoki, that’s it for this week. C U Folks in the Void and remember, nobody in our yard.

Malama Pono Kakou,


I know when you are sleeping, I know when you’re awake. So be good to your cat Jake!


120820: Vanikapila ???


Aloha Fellow COVID Quaranteeners,

Well it’s official. I just checked, Studio K’ULU (Live Streaming) is on vacation until January 4.

See the last 2 bullet items below (from the Marin County HHS COVID Site) for details:

A Stay Home Order is in place for Marin County until January 4.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed, Marin County, along with five other Bay Area counties, has implemented the State’s Regional Stay Home Order.  By taking this action we are saving lives, protecting our health care delivery system, and keeping those at highest risk and essential workers safe. The order is effective Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12 p.m. through Monday, January 4, 2021.

Under the Stay Home order, all gatherings with members of other households are prohibited, except as expressly permitted in the CDPH Regional Stay Home Order.  The Stay Home Order supersedes Marin County’s Risk Reduction order (through January 4), which means gatherings previously allowed under the three-household and social bubble guidance are prohibited while the Stay Home order is active.

An summary of business changes required by the order includes:

  • Restaurants and other foodservice may operate for take-out, curbside pickup or delivery only
  • Bars, brewpubs, breweries, pubs, craft distilleries, wineries and tasting rooms must close
  • Indoor retail may operate at 20% capacity
  • Indoor grocery and food stores may operate at 35% capacity
  • Indoor shopping malls may operate at 20% capacity, but close food courts and common areas
  • Personal care services, including nail and hair salons, must close
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies may operate outdoors only.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate outdoors only. Outdoor fitness classes are allowed with distancing and face coverings and without running groups. One-to-one personal training is allowed following the limited services guidance only when no other individuals are on the business premises.
  • Museums and exhibit spaces must close.
  • Hotels and lodging facilities may operate for essential travel only unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired
  • Cardrooms must close
  • Family entertainment centers must close
  • Playgrounds must close
  • Overnight stays at campgrounds are not allowed
  • Outdoor recreation facilities (sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks, etc.) may operate with no mixing of households and no food or beverages
  • Live performances are not allowed

And so there you have it. Unless we proclaim ourselves a cultural or religious group (like the Church of the Repossessed) and move all our gear outside . . .

Before we go, check out the last Vanikapila of the year.

Click above to view online album.

Btw, if anyone is need of Holiday PPE Masks. Nohea still has a few Christmas and Hanukkah Masks available. Text her 415-572-1175.

If you get bored and need to get out, drop by some evening to view our Christmas Decorations. Maybe even bring your cup of hot chocolate, sit and talk awhile?


softly a heart beats,
seeds of change drifts on the winds,
the healing begins.

So until January 4th, please stay safe and healthy everyone.

I’ll try and post regularly. Keep in touch!

Me ke aloha pumehana,


Happy Holidays from Totoro and friends!