070814: Kanikapila at the elks lodge this Friday . . .

Aloooooha UFOhana! Sorry for missing last week’s post. It was definitely an action packed week, as some of you may already know. Anyway, thought I’d better get this out sooner than later. We’re in the Elks Bar this Friday. Runtimes 7pm – 10pm. Same setup as before, here’s the menu for Friday Night from Brudda Joe and Brudda Tad.
Joe and Tad’s Lunch Wagon will be serving up the following dishes this Friday….
Huli-huli chicken,
Pork adobo,
Stir Fry Veggies
Rice and Dessert
Dinner starts at 6:30 …$10pp…no RSVPs required, however we serve til it’s gone.
Don’t forget to bring your uke if you plan to jam with the UFO’s 7-10PM

Isn’t cool that Joe mentioned about bringing their Ukuleles? Nice.

Here are images from the past two week’s events. Click on the collages below to view the photo albums. Enjoy . . .
062714: Kanikapila at the Elks . . .

1-062714 Kanikapila Elks Lodge

062814: Hula Mai Ho’ike – Event is opened with a 2 hour Kanikapila by the UFOhana, followed by Hula Mai Ho’ike . . .

1-2014 Hula Mai Ho'ike

2-2014 Hula Mai Ho'ike-001

On the 4th we were off on an Away Mission to the Alano Club FOJ BBQ . . . .

1-070414 Alano Club BBQ

Later that evening Kanikapila at the Elks Carriage House on the 4th:

1-070414 Kanikapila Elks

070514: Away Mission to the Happiest Fair On The Earth . . . Mahalo Donna for all the great photos! Also, Marion would like to extend, on behalf of the Marin Cultural Center, her Mahalo Nui Loa to the UFOhana for a great and well received performance. On behalf of Nohea and Myself, I would like to say that we consider ourselves so blessed to be part of such a wonderful and caring ‘Ohana . . . Me Ke Aloha Pumehana Ka Kou . . . and I am honored to be with you all.

1-2014 UFOhana @ The County Fair

The following day I paid a visit to the Elks Fund Raiser, The Elks Beer Booth, here a scenes of the Booth and my stroll about the Fair. . .

1-070614 Elks Beer Booth

Ok, I’m running out of steam  . . . time to moe moe . . .

Days flow into weeks,
Anxious moments cloud the sky,
Horizon a glow . . .

Malama Pono All!




It’s the EOM and that means you need to RSVP for your Dinner at the BPOElks ASAP! Below is the menu for Friday FDN:
Elks Fancy Dinner Night
Friday, June 27th..Dinner served at 7pm
$25 per person
Grilled Lamb Chops or Wild Caught Salmon
Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Balsamic Glazed Grilled Veggies
Spring Salad
Rice pudding with Macerated Strawberries

$15 Vegetarian Menu available / $10 Kids Menu available

RSVP Required Please no later than 5pm Thursday, June 26th

RSVP to elks1108@yahoo.com or 415.454.8835 (or Joe Tato: J_tato@yahoo.com)
Sounds delicious!  Btw, all funds from these dinners are used towards Non-profit endeavors by the Elks.

Btw, Sandy I won’t be at Sleeping Lady this Saturday. Though Rick and Kimo will be there running the Kanikapila.  Sandy and I will be in Sonoma playing for the Hula Mai Event (see UFOhana.org for details). We’ll be running a Kanikapila at the Grinstead Amphitheater in the Sonoma Plaza before the event, from 2-4pm.  If you’re in the area or have Ukulele Ohana out that way let them know it. I’m sure this will be a first time public Kanikapila at Grinstead for Sonoma County. It’s mostly shady that time of day but bring a comfy chair, a hat, water, your Flight Manuals, a stand, Uke and lots of Aloha to share with Sonoma County. Not sure if there’s a ordinance limiting the number Ukuleles at a Public Gathering. But, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully they won’t have to resort to tear gas or tazers . . . anyway, here’s the address:

Grinstead Amphitheater ,Sonoma Plaza, First St. East Sonoma, CA 95487 and their poster below.

Interesting to note the the Mayor of Sonoma actually declared the day of the event as Hula Mai Day. Cool huh! Also note that the event is FREE. I think we need to get a grass roots movement going declaring a day as “Strum and Ukulele Day” . . . . what say ye?  Btw, did I mention the event was FREE?

Ok, I don’t have any photos from last week’s UFOhana Events so I’m sharing these, “Ukulele Sightings” as I call them for your amusement . . .







An Imperial Land Walking Uke? Would make a great Gig Car, though parking one would be a hassle . . .



If Albert was alive today . . . Theory of Relativ(ity) tuning?
And a lefty too!























Who says playing an Ukulele doesn’t build muscles? Ok, maybe lifting them does . . . . I think Jon mentioned that playing one for 30 minutes burns a 120  calories. Hmmmm, I wonder is that was for a Soprano or Baritone?

















Sandy and Del . . . when they were in their “Bad Boys of Uke” phase . . . .














Yes that is my son Lucas on the far left from a few years back. We were down stairs walking around Ala Moana shopping center and heard a group singing, “How Can I get Over”, in falsetto, sounded like we were in Church.  We followed the trail of notes upstairs, ended up near Long’s Drugs, and found the Uncles singing their hearts away. Btw, there were no Rent-A-Cops on Segways chasing them away . . . . something you’d definitely see happen at a Mall near us .  .  . a whim o whey .  .  .

And lastly Jake and the –=SqL=- performing at Yerba Buena Gardens (toot, toot) . . . with the UFOhana . . . all arranged by Stevie B! Mahalo Nui Loa Stevie B where ever you are!


























. . . and finally this very cool link from Jon and Debbie Cyr . . . Amelia (Rose) Earhart 2014 Around the World Flight!
http://photos.mercurynews.com/2014/06/25/photos-pilot-amelia-rose-earhart-arrives-at-north-field-in-oakland-to-begin-flight-around-the-world-2/#1    . . . talk about Life Imitates Art Imitates Life . . .

Mahalo Jon and Debbie for this cool find. I think you’re right, there maybe yet another verse to add her song!

As time slowly crawls,
A glow on the horizon,
Ohana beckons

See you folks Friday! Not sure where we’ll be in the Elks just yet, just check both places. Can’t miss us! Don’t forget to RSVP you dinners by Thursday. Oh, btw, the Hula Mai event this Saturday is Free! Did I mention that already?

Aloha A Hui Hou,


061714: We’re at the Elk’s Carriage House this Friday . . .


Aloooha UFOhana! We’re at the Elk’s Carriage House this Friday. Which means we’ll be doing a pot luck too. Run time 7pm – 10pm. BYOKauKau (Food to Share, a main dish), BYOGear (we’ll have plenty of chairs, but bring music stands, and lights), and of course, BYAloha! For those of you in search of Hawaiian wear and collectibles, Nohea will be there with her goods also.

Below: I want to send this out to all you Hula Fans . . . Betty Ann Bruno and her Halau, Hula Mai, are having a hō.ʻike !  Sandy and I have the honor of performing with the Hula Mai Halau Band at this event AND Betty has invited the UFOhana to Kanikapila at the Grinstead Plaza prior to the event, 2p-4p, that day, so come on down and invite your friends too. Mahalo Betty for sharing this wonderful (FREE) event with us!

2014 Hoike Poster LetterSz for Press

Below are images from this past week’s Ukulele events. Click the collage to view the entire album.

Here’s a gang of Elk(sters) and the UFOhana Squadron having a great time at the Elks Lodge . . . Sophie even joined in that night with Momma Wendy who shared her virtuoso Violin playing with us. Mahalo once again to the Elks for being such gracious hosts to the UFOhana!


Below: The few, brave and proud UFOhana members that braved the traffic and parking nightmare during the Fairfax Festival. Bass Commander Kimo in full regalia.


Below: The Elks Fishing Derby . . . great excuse to throw in a Father’s Day Picnic in too . . .


Below the Whistle Stop Luau where members of the UFOhana performed. Mahalo to Cindy and Sandy for inviting us and to Terumi-san for sharing her wonderful hula.


Okidoki . . . it’s back to work tomorrow and as my son, Lucas, use to say (15 years ago) “only 3 more sleepy times” till Kanikapila!

Orange glow of dusk,
Blue skies becomes indigo,
Moonlight softens night.

Malama Pono Kakou!



061014: We’re at the Elks This Friday!

Alooooooha UFOhana! E’ Komomai (Welcome) to our new Blog Site.  It’s still under construction but functional. I’m still in the process of retrieving blogs from 2006. It very nostalgic to view all the past images . . . hard to keep focus on rescuing our memories.

We’re at the Elks Bar this Friday. Usual run time, 7p – 10p. A delicious meal will be provided by the Elks for $10. As usual with our Elks Kanikapila; BYOGear (music lights and stands) and always, BYOAloha. Mahalo to Joe Tato and the Elks-ders for hosting us once again!

Just got the menu for Friday’s Kaukau from Joe Tato:
Dinner $10 pp
Pork adobo
Tad’s Grilled Chicken
and everything else you might find on a plate lunch…..

Below: Click the collage below for image album from World Oceans Day at Mt. Tam High. The UFOhana were invited to perform there by David McGuire for his  non-profit group Shark Stewards: www.sharkstewards.org . Mahalo Nui Loa to the Away Team that helped make it such a fun event and for helping David’s cause. Mahalo to Kurt and John for helping us out on Bass. Great first showing John!

UFOhana Helps Out At World Oceans Day at Mt. Tam High

Click below for Sleeping Lady Images . . . the Keiki are taking over!

060714 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila 760x

And finally, the Friday Night Kanikapila at Campbell Hall . . . Mahalo to Fr. Chip and Sista Linda Lee for hosting us once again at their wonderful Church Hall. We celebrated Adara’s and Wali Wai Wai’s Birthdays. Click the image below for the album . . .

060614 Campbell Hall Kanikapila 760x

Okay, I think that should do it for now. Hope to see you all this Friday or Saturday. Btw,  we need a Bass Player for Saturday. Any volunteers out there? Email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws if you can, Mahalo in advanced.

Years of memories,
Rescued from digital vaults,
Living once again.

Aloha A Hui Hou,