What fun! Many thanks to Napaloha for hosting a delightful evening on the 25th. We had lots of new songs, met some new friends, and enjoyed overall merriment.  We also decided to get together, again this Wednesday, November 11.  We know a number of you are unable to make on Sunday evenings and we miss you.  We’re hoping that an additional gathering on  Wednesday evening will bring you back.  Hope to see you there: Napaloha, November 11, 6 pm. After that, our next flea fest will be Sunday, November 29.

We did a couple of new songs and a few oldies but goodies.  “Moon Glow (b),” which is in our song files, seems to be a perennial favorite, so please be sure to print it out and bring it with you next time. We also did “White Sandy Beach” a la IZ which you will also find in the song files and in the list to the right.  

Here are a couple of  tutorials by Jody Kamisoto you might enjoy. The first shows you the bare ‘ukulele basics and leads you into “White Sandy Beach,” which you can try to strum along with in the second video:

(If you want to cut to the chase and play along with IZ, you can scroll down to the bottom of this post.)

One of the other new songs we enjoyed at the last flea fest was  “Maui Hawaiian Sup’pa Man,”  also from IZ’s Facing Future album. It, too, has been added to our song files and the list at the right so you can download it. Thank you , Earl, for bringing that one to us.  Incidentally, if you print out our copy of “Maui HAwaiian Sup’pa Man” from the song files, you’ll also get the legend of Maui (courtesy of www. haupala.org). It’ll help you understand the lyrics immeasurably.  To learn even more about Maui and how he snared the sun, you should visit Sacred-Texts.com. There’s  a lot of great Hawaiian stories there if you poke around a bit.

Terry also keeps bringing in great songs. Last month he brought us “Tennessee Waltz” and “The Good Ship Lollypop.” I’ll get those posted ASAP.

And now for a word from our sponsor: As you all start planning your next trip to Hawai’i, don’t forget to check out the link to the right for Hawaiian Airlines. It’ll give you an automatic 5% discount on their lowest published fare, plus you’ll help us build “miles” in the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival’s account to help bring over more great artists from Hawai’i, such as Aldrinne Guerrero, Brittni Paiva, and Derick Sebastian for nest year. Speaking of the festival, save the date: September 10, 11, 12. We’re moving it up a month in 2010 and adding workshops on Sunday.  More to come…..

I also hope you’ll check out Kani Ka Pila, my own on-line store full of all kinds of goodies for the ‘ukulele players in your life. By doing some of your holiday shopping at Kani Ka Pila, you’ll help keep this web log alive. You’ll find everything from the Kani Ka Pila Klip to ‘ukuleles, Jumpin’ Jim songbooks, tuners, hand exercisers, and Taylor’s DaKine Line ‘ukulele strings. So please, take a peek.

E Pili MaiOK. Hula is coming to NapAloha.  Some of you may have already had the very distinct privilege of taking a workshop from Debbie Haumea Aynaga at the ‘ukulele festival, or you may have had an opportunity meet her and her ‘ohana at NapAloha during the October Cheers event.  In any case, she’s coming back to the Napa Valey teach hula on Sunday November 15 at NapAloha from 10am to 12pm.  Hope to see you there, this is a very special opportunity, indeed.


And, finally, this just in from KALA, who will be hosting  free ‘ukulele lessons and a concert to raise money for the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma on December 3:

Petaluma-based Kala Brand Music Co. will host an evening of free ukulele lessons on December 3,  led by performers extraordinaire, the Ukalaliens, followed by a concert from which proceeds will be donated to the Phoenix Theater.  Kala encourages beginners of all ages to join in and will make ukuleles available to attendees that don’t have their own.

It all begins at the Phoenix at 7:00pm with a free ukulele workshop followed by a concert scheduled to begin at 8:15.  A donation of $10 for those 16 and older is suggested for entrance to the concert which will benefit the Phoenix Theater and its afterschool programs for the youth of Petaluma.

The Ukalaliens (aka Quality Folk) is composed of Kate Power and Steve Einhorn. Kate and Steve have shared the stage with folk luminaries such as Peter Seeger and have performed on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. They play guitar, banjo and ukulele and have a knack for engaging audiences and harmonizing with every community they visit.  As an added bonus, our good friends, the Petalukes, will also be there to share a few tunes, as well.

Tickets are availableonline at http://phoenix.inticketing.com/events/59289 or can be purchased in advance at Tall Toad Music in Petaluma.

For more information about Kala and the Ukalalians please visit: www.kalaukulele.com and www.qualityfolk.com  or call Kala Brand Music at 707 775 4073.  Those wanting to carpool can leave a comment here.

And that’s it for now.  To take yu out, here’s Iz and “White Sandy Beach,” one more time.  Grab your uke and sing along….it’s almost as good as being there…then hit the Hawaiian Airlines link above and book your flight.