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Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

A reader recently commenting on the ‘Oahu Eateries Memorialized‘ post mentioned some really old school Honolulu nightclubs, that those of you who remember them may have quite the story to tell… or keep hidden and buried deep in the closet! Therefore, let’s now create a master list of bygone bars & nightclubs on Oahu (Hawaii).

This alphabetically organized list* shall include ALL nightclubs & bars who have come and gone on Oahu, including restaurants that “moonlighted” as nightclubs, as well as those catered to alternative lifestyles, and adult entertainment. That in mind, please keep your comments PG-13 rated.

Again, like the ‘Oahu Eateries Memorialized‘ and ‘Oahu Eateries 50+ Club‘, this list is dynamic, intended to be contributed and modified by readers such as you! If you have any suggestions, additional information (location details, type of music, clientele, decor, notable club events) or corrections that need to be made, please leave them in comments or private eMail, and they will be kindly edited into the list.

Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

  • Aku Bone Lounge and Grill – Kona St., Kaka’ako / Bar, Karaoke and live music, pupus / currently
  • Alley Cat – Nuuanu Ave, Hotel Street area / 60s era; pass some time with Kitty and Ruby *contributed by Jim
    Alice’s Restaurant – Reef Hotel / may have been an early incarnation of The Point After *contributed by George Zirnite
  • Aloha Beer Company (a.k.a. Aloha Beer Hall) – Nimitz Hwy., across Gentry Pacific Center (next to the former Sam Choy’s BLC) / Microbrewery featuring locally crafted beers by Dave Campbell; sports bar and (very large, contemporary, spacious) lounge, featuring live music and private functions / currently not open for business (sign is still there, however closed since July 2012)
  • Angles – Kuhio and Seaside Ave., Waikiki / gay bar; changed ownership at one point and became Lojax / currently Amnesia (a sports bar)
  • Anna Bannana’s – Beretania St., Mo’ili’ili / biker bar, live music & dancing / currently
  • Annabelle’s – Top of the Ilikai, Waikiki / Anna Ujvari was DJ / currently Sorento’s *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Apartment, The – upstairs on Kapahulu Ave. / gay bar occupying the whole top floor *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Arcade, The — Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, behind Spaghetti Eddie’s / gay bar with DJ music and dancing; open until 4 a.m. *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Arirang – Kaheka Street, Kaka’ako (located downstairs of the Professional Center) / 70s to early 80s era Korean bar; “Cheryl” (from Kalani?; real name Charlotte Pai) performed “parlor tricks” such as ‘making change’, ‘smoking cigars’, ‘ping pong balls’, etc *contributed by Black Kane,  The Lounge Lizard and Dennis
  • Aquarium Bar – Ala Moana Shopping Center, under escalator, behind Muntz Stereo / bar *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
    Atlantis – Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki / opened in 1979 and rivaled the nearby Point After; 80’s club / currently *contributed by Bryan Nakamura
  • Attic Bar, The – Kalakaua Avenue / features *contributed by Ed Preble 

    The Apartment Nightclub Honolulu
    The Apartment Nightclub Honolulu
  • Baba Louie’s  -Waipio Gentry / Brudda Noland, Kata Maduli and the gang played there during the mid-to-late 80’s / currently Nancy’s Kitchen *contributed by DHTD
  • Balcony Bar, The — 1920 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki / open-air gay bar on a huge balcony lanai overlooking Fort DeRussy; owners were Jimmy & Reggie *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Bambooze Sports Lounge – Waikiki Gateway Hotel, Waikiki / formerly Nick’s Fishmarket; sports bar, also featuring pub grub, billiards and dancing
  • Bar Seven – Kona Street, within Ala Moana Center street level (across the bus stop) / multiple bar owners operated within one venue; previously was Venus nightclub / Currently The District nighclub *contributed by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Barefoot Bar – Queens Surf – Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Black Angus – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / Tony Tam Sing would jam there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Black Diamond, The – Waikiki Trade Center, Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / hip-hop genre / previously Fashion 45/Maze / currently
  • Black Orchid, The – Restaurant Row / opened by Tom Selleck and Larry Manetti of ‘Magnum P.I.’ fame; restaurant by day, club by night / eventually became World Cafe; currently
  • Beef ‘n Grog – Kalakaua Ave. (makai), Waikiki / Burgundy Express, Greenwood, Asian Blend, The New Experience bands performed there / currently
  • Big Kahuna’s – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / tiki bar and restaurant (mostly bar at night) / currently Big Kahuna’s has moved across the street to a much smaller location *contributed by Rob Godaire and Pomai
  • Biggie’s Nut Shell – Oneawa St., Kailua / An icon in Kailua where all the “heavies” used to hang out *contributed by Jimmy Barberino
  • Black Cat, The  – Hotel at or near Richards; across from the Armed Services “Y” / bar whiskey was $0.25 / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Blaisdell Hotel Courtyard  – downtown Honolulu / Sons of Hawaii, Sandwich Isle Band performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Blowhole, The – 124 Kapahulu Ave., Waikiki / great bar with swimming pool and jacuzzi in it; small dance floor; live music / currently occupied by ABC Store #33. *contributed by John and Josh Kay
  • Blowhole Lounge, The – located in the Pacific Monarch Hotel, Waikiki ; entrances from Uluniu St. and from the hotel lobby; successor to The Blowhole on Kapahulu, having the same owner; unlike the original, there was no swimming pool. *contributed by John and Josh Kay
  • Blue Lagoon – Kuhio Avenue, Waikiki / features / currently Rivals Sports Lounge *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Blue Tropix – Kapiolani Blvd., Ala Moana area / monkey bar / currently razed
  • Blue Goose – Mo’ili’ili / popular hang out for UH students; Jon & Randy played there / currently *contributed by KeithF & A.T.
  • Blue Kangaroo – Waialae Ave., Kaimuki / live music / late night “animal night” (off-color songs) / currently *contributed by KeithF
  • The Blue Note – Kalakaua Ave. (a bit mauka of Kapiolani) / eventually, Forbidden City moved there / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Blue Sea Lounge – Kapiolani Blvd. / features/ currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
  • Blue Velvet Lounge – Waikiki,Kuhio Ave / had a piano bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
  • Blue Oyster – Kuhio Ave., next to Scruples / features *contributed by Tappy
  • Blue velvet – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Blue Zebra – Restaurant Row (adjacent to Sunset Grill), Kaka’ako / Opened by Kail, who also opened Pink Cadillac and Pink’s Garage; dance club that attracted the younger hip-hop crowd; a “certain” waitress who worked there was the love of Pomai’s life (or so he thought) / closed to become Mystique, currently a bank *contributed by Ivan
  • Bob & Tony’s – Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, across from the old Kaiser Hospital / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Bobby McGee’s Conglomeration – formerly located in what is currently Lotus Honolulu (an Aqua Resort), in front of San Souci, across Kapiolani Park / THE club to be at for the younger crowd (20’s) during the mid to late 80’s; staff dressed in cabaret: attractive bartenders wore suspenders, while the attractive female servers wore a Tuxedo top and black short-shorts with black nylon stockings; porcelain toilet bowl logo drinking glass; Tonya Sullivan and Scott Hagmaier were DJs there. Prior to it housing Bobby’s there was a great fine dining restaurant in that location called JB’s in the early 70’s. In 1976 an HPD officer was shot and killed there. Eddie Lopez, a retired HPD Officer shares details about that: “That officer who died that fateful night was named Larry Stewart, born Aug 1948, appointment date: Jan. 16, 1975.  End of watch: Feb. 12, 1976.  My friend and partner.  I was working in another sector that night.  Our sector sergeant called all of us for a meet.  He told us about the shooting at Bobby McGee’s Waikiki Discotheque.  It would be a few hours before I found out my friend Larry had been killed on duty” I always think of Larry.  Lest we forget” ~ Eddie Lopez, HPD. Natalia, a former cocktail server at Bobby McGee’s shares this story: “I used to be a cocktail waitress at Bobby McGees in 1990-1992. I had to go to a three week training class to learn every cocktail, the exact ingredients, garnishes and glassware to serve. Once you pass the training, you have to learn how to memorize your entire sections order to memory without writing it down (no pens were allowed) and call it back to the bartender verbally in a very specific call order by alcohol (Vodka, Gin, Rum, Bourbon and last tequila and then beers by imports, domestic and last drafts). I then had to have my own bank, provide cash change and hold all my money until the end of the night to pay my “tab” at the bar for my section. I sometimes had $2,000 on me at night. I had a credit card carbon copy swiper for charge cards on my tray. Whatever was left over were my tips. We were required to “light” everyone’s cigarettes too!! Wow, times have changed!” ~ Natalia.  *contributed Jerrie Mitchell and  Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Boyd’s – Ground floor of the Alexander Young Hotel, makai side / bar / currently *contributed by Linkmeister
  • Brandy’s – Stadium Mall / Starting from the late 80’s, was a local watering hole/dart enthusiast’s hang out. Had a lot of dart boards, supplies, etc.; pretty good pupus, typical bar fair; used to hold dart leagues there along with other pub style locales like “Elephant and Castle” “contributed by Jay
  • Brew Moon – Ward Center, Kaka’ako / microbrewery restaurant & bar / currently
  • Brown Derby, The – Nuuanu, near Beretania / heard Louis Armstrong here; the owner got into a bit of legal trouble, something about heroin / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Bullwinkle’s – Puck’s Alley, University Ave./Mo’ili’ili area / Before Moose McGillicuddy’s, they were named “Bullwinkle’s”. Some kind of lawsuit  with the cartoon moguls forced the owners to change the name to Moose McGillicuddy’s. *contributed by Jimmy Barberino
  • Bully Hayes (the Kailua one) / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Cane Knife Room – The bar located within Ciro’s on the Mauka side of Hotel Street, in the middle of the block between Bishop and Fort Street / The bar was a popular after work spot for the downtown business crowd *contributed by Jonathan Roberts
  • Canterbury Place Lounge – Ena Rd. & Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / circa 1970’s; Nueva Vida with Pauline Wilson (of Seawind fame) performed there / currentlyCanton Puka – International Marketplace, Waiklp club / currently a tattoo parlor
  • Captain Nemo’s – Waikiki / features / current *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
  • CC’s – off a walkway between Kalakaua Ave. and Lauula St. in Waikiki / cozy little gay bar with karaoke / currently occupied by In-Between (a gay bar with karaoke) *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Celebrity’s Bar & Grill – Algaroba/McCully / “Celebrity’s Bar and Grill” (CBG for short) was started by the former managers of “Steel Wings” in the Ilikai; Mackey and Malani played there back in the day; opened after “Steel Wings” closed; VIP card was a brass keychain fob. Pretty classy; $2 Kamikaze’s (7up back) *contributed by A.T. & Jay
  • C’est Si Bon – location / Greenwood & Power Point bands performed there / currently
  • Cha Cha Cha’s – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Charley’s Bar – Koko Marina / features / features / currently Zippy’s *contributed by DaSauceMan
  • Charlie’s Tavern – near University Ave. / Home for college frat. Kappa Iota; old Charlie used to sit in his seat at the end of the bar, was there day and night; rumor was that Charlie was “the bank” for some gambling crowd who needed a safe place to store their cash in his big safe. lol *contributed by Don Sprinkle
  • Cheerleader’s – Moanalua Shopping Center / features / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan Cheerleaders (moanalua shopping center)
  • Chi Chi’s – Westridge Plaza, Aiea / Mexican restaurant by day, club by night / currently
  • Chico’s Pizza – Waialae Ave & St. Louis Dr, Kaimuki / pizza, fried chicken ‘n potato wedges; popular watering hole (cheap beer, big place) for UH students back in the late 70’s to early 80’s / currently City Mill *contributed by John B
  • Chinese American Club, The – Waikiki / The MopTops, Luke’s Pineapple Store, The Spirits, The Casuals of Waikiki with Steve Lucas on guitar, Luv Special Delivery, The Silver Bike, The Young Ones and a host of other bands played there *contributed by R. Scott Rhode
  • Chuck’s – Pearlridge / Kaeo performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Chuck’s – Manoa / features / currently *contributed by A.T
  • Cilly’s – McCully and Ala Wai Blvd., just before Jack-in-the-Box on Kalakaua ave/ hip-hop crowd; closed doors some time in the early 90’s / currently Tatoolicious (a tattoo parlor)
  • Classic Cat – Sheridan St., behind where is now the Koreamoku Walmart / gentlemen’s club featuring “shower shows”; photography was allowed; live DJ; Pandora Peaks used to dance there *contributed by Jack
  • Climber’s Paradise – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
  • Clouds, The – Kapahulu / gay bar, however straights went there too, especially on New Year’s Eve to marvel at the drag queens / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley 
  • Club Arirang – Ala Moana area / hostess bar / currently
  • Club by Me – Mo’ili’ili / gentlemen’s club / currently
  • Club C-5 – Hotel Street; then moved to Sand Island Access Road / Min, the owner, was nuts; lot of metal, thrash and punk bands played there; used to get these pitchers of a drink, can’t remember the name, but it was pink and it messed you up!  *contributed by Amy Kinard
  • Club Cho-Cho’s – location / Korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
  • Club Domiko’s – location / Korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
  • Club Don’t Tell Your Mama – Kapiolani Blvd. (across Ala Moana Center) / hostess bar / currently
  • Club Ginza – College Walk, between Beretania & Kukui / a big blonde named Manon Smith was often a featured mc/entertainer / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Club Hubba Hubba – Hotel St., downtown Honolulu / gentlemen’s club
  • Club Irene – corner of Auahi & Keawe, Kaka’ako / hostess bar; same space known to be bar since 1963, including a hostess bar, strip club and place where local “mafia” hung out; following Club Irene, space became Score’s Sports Bar / currently Bevy (a bar) *contributed by Christian (owner of Bevy)
  • Club Joyce – Beretania Street, in front of Mida’s / 70s to early 80s era *contributed by Black Kane
  • Club Jubilee – Kalihi / popular spot at the time for Hawaii’s most famous contemporary Hawaiian bands / currently
  • Club Korea House – location / korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
  • Club Pango Pango – Moi’ili’ili (where Star Market was) / owned by the Napoleon family; old school nightclub / currently Longs Drugs *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Club Rappongi – location / hostess bar / currently
  • Club Rendezvous – location / gentlemen’s club / currently
  • Club Rose – Ala Moana area / gentlemen’s club featuring the “4 song show” / currently
  • Club Stop Light – Keeaumoku / gentlemen’s club / currently
  • Club Ugly – Kapiolani Blvd., Kaka’ako / hostess bar / currently
  • Club Yobo – location / Korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
  • Cock and Bull, The – in the lobby of the Royal Prince Hotel Apts, 415 Nahua St., right behind the Int’l Marketplace,, Waikiki / an “interesting place”; catered to an older kamaaina crowd *contributed by T.T. and George Zirnite
  • Cockatoo Lounge, The – location / Gabe Baltazar’s club / currently
  • Cock’s Roost – International Marketplace, Waikiki / features / currently
  • Coconut Willy’s – Kapiolani Blvd. & Kalakaua Ave. (formerly Hard Rock Cafe) > previously on Lewers Street > previously in the Waikiki International Market / restaurant, bar and nightclub featuring live music and DJs / currently The Crown
  • Compadres Waikiki – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / beer, chips & salsa *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Copacabana -Kalakaua Ave. & McCully St. / THE Honolulu nightclub at the time (’60s era), owned and operated by Betty Reilly, who also performed there, as well as Joe Castro with the Augie Colon Trio, Capitol recording star June Christy, and other mainland acts *contributed by Linda Starr
  • Country Meeting – Wahiawa/ Summer and Island Band played there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Crazy Horse – Kailua / sister club to Lollipop Lounge and Tammy’s Lounge; topless bar; previously Ernie’s, featuring local bands / currently  *contributed by Jerrie Mitchell, AieaBoy & Jim Fox
  • Crow’s Nest – Waikiki (above the Jolly Rodger) / 70s era; three piece folk group named “Brandywine” and Blue Kangaroo played there; peanuts in a barrel that you could shuck and drop the floor; The founder, Dave Heffner, died about four years ago (2012) *contributed by KeithF and Wendy Tolleson
  • Da Fish Hook – King and Mokauea st. / features / currently American Savings Bank
  • Da Sting – Princess Kaiulani Hotel, overlooking Kaiulani Ave., Waikiki / Early 80’s nightclub off the lobby of the PK. Really cute, really dumb waitresses. Good for maybe change for $20, thass it.Previously Da Sting was Rex’s (a disco club), previously before that it was Rex’s & Eric’s; Big local hosts worked at Da Sting, including Lee Deshong and Tony Miloni (who later started Bullwinkle’s>Moose’s); originally Da Sting was managed by Fred Hirayama, then later by Dewey Reed; Natural High, The New Experience & Reach bands performed there; Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle, Robert Aquino and Rick Mayo were DJs there *contributed by Jim Dorsey, Steve and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Da Swamp – Location / “Swinging” Dick Jenson and Da Swamp men performed there in 1963 *contributed by Frank Ryle
  • Dancers – Sand Island Access Rd. / gentlemen’s club / currently
    Danny’s – Manoa Marketplace / features / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
  • Davy Jones Locker – Outrigger Waikiki, across the International Market Place / “Underwater Bar” to drink and “spock” da’ tourist (mainly da’ wahine) in da’ pool; free popcorn; used to have a diving board in the pool above but they had to remove it when two piece bathing suits became the norm; once there was a honeymoon couple unaware they were entertaining the crowd. *contributed by AieaBoy and George Zirnite
  • Deja Vu – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki – Gentlemen’s club / became Pure Platinum, currently Maddog Saloon
  • Del Centro – location / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Dickens Pub – Blackfield Building, fronting Kapiolani Blvd. / 80s era English Pub owned by Arie Bos, who also owned Portofino Italian Restuarant; best French Onion Soup and pauhana bar *contributed by GK Wong and Linkmeister
  • Dipper, The – Kapahulu Ave., Waikiki / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Dirty Mary’s – 2109 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / popular open-air gay bar behind Hamburger Mary’s, with a fun atmosphere, music and dancing; always packed for the free barbecue every Sunday / currently occupied by the high-rise Ritz Carlton Residences *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Dominic’s Rock & Roll Clinic – at the edge of Waikiki / rowdy crowd / currently
  • Dog House Saloon – International marketplace / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Don Ho’s Island Grill – Aloha Tower Marketplace / Co-founded by Don Ho and restauranteur Fred Livingston; restaurant by day and evening, featuring live music, club by late night / currently
  • Dolphin Club – Beretania Street, near Bishop / U.S. Navy (submariner) hangout in the early ’60s; strange place *contributed  by O
  • DoJiggy — S. King St. near intersection of Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Dragon Lady, The – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki (which turned into the Wave Waikiki) / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
  • Duke Kahanamoku’s – Waikiki International Market Place / The place was named for the renowned Olympian athlete and operated by the late impresario Kimo Wilder McVay; the dinners actually played second fiddle to the room’s top banana, entertainer Don Ho in all his glory, and it was a spot to catch a glimpse of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli and other glitterati of the era eager to sing and sway to “Tiny Bubbles” and swoon to “I’ll Remember You” / currently
  • Dunes, The – Airport area / owned by Jack Cione; featured a naked waiter; had acts as famous as Sammy Davis, Jr. / became Gussie L’Amours
  • Dungeon, The – airport area, then moved to Kalakaua, next door to where is now Home Bar & Grill / a “pop-up” warehouse club type BDSM fetish event that took place once a month; whips ‘n chains ‘n flogging polls; erotica (voyeurism and exhibitionism); gothic, industrial and synth-pop DJ music & dancing
  • Eastside Bar & Grill – University Ave. in Puck’s Alley / sport bar and grill / previously Magoo’s Pizza; currently
  • Elephant & Castle – Ka’ahumanu Rd. (across the street from Gyotaku), Pearl City / Fish ‘n Chips, English Pub / currently*contributed by L
  • Enlisted Men’s Club, The – Ford Island, Pearl Harbor / circa 1960’s; 2C’s mom was a drummer for a band call ‘The Rainbows’ / currently *contributed by 2C
  • Entre Nous – corner of Kuhio and Royal Hawaiian Avenues in Waikiki / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Ernie’s – Kailua / local groups played there; then it became Crazy Horse / *contributed by Jim Fox
    For the kids in the 60′s we had the Hoot above Rocky’s liquor store across from the library and Police Station.
  • Eurasia – Hawaiian Regency Hotel, Waikiki / hip hop nightclub with VIP lounge / previously was Point After; currently a Spa
  • Eye, The – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
  • Face’s (old Rex’s) Kuhio Ave. Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Fashion 45 – Waikiki Trade Center (2nd floor) / mixed urban groove / previously MAZE, then because Black Diamond; currently
  • Fast Eddie’s – Kailua / only nightclub in the area and was popular with servicemen from nearby Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station (known back then as KMCAS); Jimmy Gunn was DJ; Jen Roberts used to work there (she’s currently a part-time bartender at Mai Tai Bar Ala Moana and full time Honolulu Fire Department firefighter) / *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Ferdinand’s – Reef hotel on Kuhio Ave. across from Nahua St / home to entertainer Freddie Morris; Lyle the bartender and Tammy waited tables and Gilberto Martinez was playing Guitar / currently *contributed by Bob (Frank) Frankland
  • Forbidden City – Ala Moana area on Queen Street extension / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Foxey Lady Too – location / Asian Blend band performed there / currently
  • Foxy Lady Disco – Beachcomber Hotel, Waikiki / circa 60’s and 70’s
  • Funny Farm, The – Waikiki / ’60s era; The MopTops, Luke’s Pineapple Store, The Spirits, The Casuals of Waikiki with Steve Lucas on guitar, Luv Special Delivery, The Silver Bike, The Young Ones and a host of other bands played there *contributed by R. Scott Rhode
  • Fusion Waikiki – Kuhio Avenue / LGBTQ nightclub that featured transgender cabaret and male review performances; two levels, with bottom level usually playing techno/trance and top floor mostly hip hop/house;  one of the few clubs in Waikiki open until 4am; opened in 1989, closed in 2017 (28 years)
  • Garbo’s – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / LGBTQ bar that was a part of Fusion
  • Garden Bar – Hilton Hawaiian Village/ Pianist was John, who always played Harbor Lights for mainland visitors *contributed by Ed Preble and Emma  
  • Garr’s – near The Picadilly / 1974/75 era? It was on the penthouse floor of building? Owned by well known old-time Waikiki bahtendah Garr Winward. *contributed by Jeana and Jim Dorsey
  • “Gay 90’s” – McCully/Kalakaua? / ’70s era gay bar that was home of Sassafras, Gold Rush, etc. / currently occupied by the high-rise Waikiki Landmark *contributed by mr. crabnuts and Josh Kay
  • Gingerman –  Makai side of Beretania across from the Moiliili triangle park (the one with the Torii Gate) / 70s era pub owned by John McManus; popular hangout spot for UH students *contributed by KeithF & khs68
  • Ginger Lounge – basement of the Prince Kuhio, Waikiki / live music / currently
  • Ginza West – Behind the World Cafe/Groove location on Nimitz / collection of Japanese bars and clubs hoping to capitalize on the popular Tokyo area of the same name / currrently
  • Glades, The – downtown / 60s and 70s era gay bar featuring the “Boys will be Girls” revue; the Glades revue was so well known that in the 70′s a fraternity at UH actually presented the show on campus as a fund raising venture / *contributed by KeithF
  • Godmother, The – Saratoga Rd., across from the Waikiki post office / gay bar and Italian restaurant owned and operated by Liz Cestares *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Gold Coin  – Kapiolani Blvd. / George Helm, Mel Cabang, Chucky Boy Chock performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Green Chateau – Sheridan St. / 70s to early 80s era *contributed by Black Kane
  • Green Turtle – Kapiolani Blvd., fronting Ala Moana Center / hostess bar
  • Green Villa – Kapiolani Blvd. / 70’s to early 80s era  *contributed by Black Kane
  • Gussie L’Amours – Airport area – live bands (some very well known, including Talking Heads, Stray Cats and Ratt); oil wrestling/offbeat “contests” / currently
  • Hale Makai Hotel – entrance of Waikiki / Country Comfort performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Hamburger Mary’s  – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / Hamburger Mary’s and HULA’s became an icon of Hawaii’s gay & lesbian community / currently Ritz Carlton Luxury Residence; Hula’s has since moved and still operates in a second floor open air hotel space across the Zoo on Kapahulu Blvd.
  • Hana Banana’s (the Kailua version) / fetures *contributed by Yobo
  • Hank’s Place – Kaimuki / Makaha Sons of Niihau performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Happiness Lounge – Ala Moana Blvd., Kaka’ako / hostess bar featuring Vietnamese food, karaoke & satellite TV (and soft p@rn) / currently vacant (Sprint recently opened next door)
  • Harbor Light – Kewalo Basin area, side street of Old Honolulu Iron Works, next to Surf Boards Hawaii, Surf Billiards / Boiled peanuts *contributed by Richard Wiley & Black Kane
  • Harbor Lounge, The – Bethel Street across from the Hawaii Theater / Featured exotic dancers. Was a favorite of the Sailors, Marines and local motorcycle clubs such as the Devils Breed from the early 80’s to 1987. This bar had been around for many years called the Playroom before John and his wife Ann bought it and renamed it. John ran the bar and Ann ran the girls. The regulars will remember John had a 357 magnum next to the cash register and a 12 gauge shotgun under the bar he would bring out from time to time. Everything you would expect in a Hotel Street bar. John and Ann had a five year old son and John sold the bar after Ann died of an overdose of cocaine in 1987. Before opening the Harbor Lounge John and Ann spent a year operating a bar right next to the Hawaii Theater called Club Darling. *contributed by John Reid
  • Hawaiian Hut – Ala Moana Hotel
  • Heidi’s (the original) – Under La Ronde revolving restaurant, Ala Moana Business Building / bar *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
  • Hell – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / features / became The Power Station; currently
  • Hernando’s Hideaway – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / hand-tossed Pizza, sports bar / currently
  • Hideaway Cafe – 1913 Dudoit Lane, Waikiki, behind Irish Rose and 7-Eleven / 5 star dive bar / currently Suzie Wong’s *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Honey’s Place – Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe / home of Honey Ho, and her famous son Don / currently a bank
  • Hong Kong Junk – Ilikai Hotel / features / currently
  • Hoot Club, The –  Kailua, above Rocky’s liquor store across from the library and Police Station / 60’s era; “Children of Stone” band played there in 1966 for UH student event; turned into the 23rd Step *contributed by Alan Paz and R. Scott Rhode
  • Horatio’s – location / Audy Kimura performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Hotel – corner of Hotel & Nuuanu / 60s era; *contributed by Jim
  • House of Charles – a gay bar; need more info regarding location, description, etc. *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Hush Boutique Nightclub – Hawaiian Monarch, Waikiki / intimate nightclub 
  • In Between – 2155 Lau’ula Street, Waikiki / Small but full of aloha. Formerly CC’s, with similar description / Current (gay) karaoke *contributed by John
  • Infinity – Sheraton Hotel, Waikiki / circa 60’s and 70’s; The Kasuals & Phaze VII bands performed there; Rick Mayo spun there as DJ *contributed by DJ Anderson
  • Jackhammer Lounge – Ala Moana Hotel / temporary during renovations, Jeff Rasmussen performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Jameson’s – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / 1st location / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Jazz Cellar, The (a.k.a. the Cellar) – Imperial Hawaii Hotel, Lewers St., Waikiki / live music and dance club / currently
  • Jilly’s – Lewers St., Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Waikiki / circa late 70′ to early 80’s, lots of “beefs” / currently Shorebird
  • Junction, The – location / circa 1970’s; Reach band performed there / currently
  • June’s Two Moon Café – Pearl City / 60s era; visit June and the lovely young women who worked for her *contributed by Jim
  • Kalia Gardens – Ena Road, Waikiki / where Kui Lee did his famous knife dance and sang his beautiful songs. If you lived nearby, you could hear the shows long into the night. That was a lively block at the time, as across the street was Tops, one of the many Spence cliff restaurants. *contributed by Doug Crocker
  • Kama’aina Room – Ala Moana Hotel / Brothers Caz’ performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Kanpai Bar & Grill – Ward Ave. / Sports Bar & ono ‘kine pupus / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
  • Kapono’s – Aloha Tower Marketplace / waterfront restaurant and live music club co-founded by Henry Kapono Ka’aihue and John Bilgrave / currently
  • Katz – on Kapahulu Ave. in Honolulu / gay bar with a large dance floor / currently occupied by the Safeway Center complex *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Kengo’s (the original) – Kapiolani Blvd. (next to Kapiolani coffee shop) / restauarant and bar / currently Nordstrom *contributed by A.T.
  • Kewalo Inn – Ala Moana near Fisherman’s Wharf / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Kewalo Ship’s Galley – location / Leahi performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.|
  • Key Hole – Kalani St., Kalihi / Sonny Chilingworth performed there *contributed by Lawrence K.
  • Key Largo – Aqua Pacific Monarch hotel (in the back) on Uluniu & Prince Edward Street / Na Kane Pono combo band played great local ‘kine music there; fair share of hookers & drug dealers *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Keone’s – Lewers, Waikiki / Jimmy Borges personal after-hours club, made his own *contributed by AieaBoy
  • Kojak’s – Young St. / In the late 70s to early 80s Nueva Vida (Robert Shinoda, Noel Okimoto, et al) with Pauline Wilson and Kalapana played there regularly; first gig for Andy Bumatai. /currently J-Shop, Japanese grocery and bento-ya *contributed by Leighton &khs68
  • Kuhio Grill – King ST. (University area) / ono pupus, free just had to leave tip / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Kuhio Saloon – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / features / currently
  • La Boom Boom – location / Phaze VII band performed there / currently
  • La Hula Rhumba – Lunalilo St. / features / currently
  • La Mancha – Keeaumoku St. (across where Walmart is now) / circa early 80’s; dinner and disco / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Lava Lava – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki  / A gay bar that preceded The WAVE Waikiki; after-hours competition for The TOMATO (across the street, next to Al Phillips The Cleaner) *contributed by webrunner and Josh Kay
  • Lemon Tree – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / features / currently
  • Level 4 Nightclub & Ultra Lounge – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki / dance club /
  • Lewers Street Annex – Lewers Street, Waikiki / Meat market for the dudes from Pearl *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Limelight – Down the street from the old Wave on Kalakaua, Waikiki / Circa late 80′s; Alternative/New Wave/ currently Allure Waikiki condominium *contributed by A Hanaike
  • Liquids – University Avenue in Puck’s Alley (took over Moose’s University spot for a while) / College crowd, beach attire, dj and live music, and they had sand scattered over the floor to finish the beach scene off; local group Ten Feet performed there / currently *contributed by Taneets
  • Little Dipper – Honolulu / ’60s era; Joe Castro performed there with vocalist Theo Lane
  • Little Orphan Annies / airport area / features / previously was The Dunes, then became Gussie L’Amours; currently a car lot
  • Living Room at Fisherman’s Wharf, The – Dancing, Karaoke; the gals of the local singing sensation quartet Forte met each other while singing Karaoke here (before it was called The Living Room) / currently closed (the restaurant, too)
  • Lobby Bar – Ala Moana Hotel / Iva Kinimaka performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Lojax – corner of Seaside and Kuhio (next door to what once was Fusion Waikiki) / gay bar formerly known as Angles; small dance floor on the side;  occasionally held dance contests; free popcorn/ currently Amnesia (a sports bar) *contributed by Joshua & John
  • Lollipop Lounge – Beachwalk, Wakiki / features 
  • Lorraine’s – Hotel Street, between Maunakea and River Street (before Glades) / formerly owned by Sad Sam Ichinose, the boxing promoter *contributed by Jason
  • Lucky Pierre’s – Puck’s Alley (upstairs), University Ave./ owned by the same guy who owned Little Orphan Annie’s and they shared a lot of bands; a band called Piranha Brothers would come over from Chicago once a year and play both; Lucky Pierre’s changed ownership in 1982(?) and became York’s for a while; Talking Heads and B-52s played at Little Orphan Annie’s *contributed by Steven Hall
  • Lucky Luck’s Tavern – Hawaii Kai / owned by Robert J. “Lucky” Luck, famous radio and TV personality in Hawaii during the “Aku” era; bar was there before Henry J. Kaiser’s marina development took place (Hawaii Kai was mostly pig farms back then); a.k.a. “Okole Maluna’s Bar” / currently Koko Marina
  • Lum’s – University and Dole / beer steamed hot dogs and draft beer / currently *contributed by KeithF
  • M’s – Bishop Street, Downtown Honolulu / Hard to find in an alley; best cheeseburger and fries in town *contributed by Doug Crocker
  • Magic Mushroom – Ala Moana / $20 all you can drink; Mackey Feary Band, Ashberry, Natural High, The New Experience, White Light & Greenwood bands performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Maharaja – Waikiki Trade Center, Waikiki / Maharaja introduced Honolulu to the high end glamour club concepts in LA & NYC / currently Zanzibar
  • Malahini Room – Ala Moana Hotel / Olamana, Rap & Makaha Sons performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Mama’s – Pokai Bay, Waianae / dance the night away! / currently
  • Mama Mia’s – Pucks Alley / features / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Marcel’s – Corner of Seaside and Ala Wai in Waikiki / 1980s era; it was an Italian restaurant and turned into an after hours gay-friendly dance club that was busy from 1:30-4:00am. Wasn’t open for very long but sure was fun *contributed by Samurai and Josh Kay
  • Marrakesh – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / Robert Aquino and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle were DJs there; Jack Law eventually bought it and turned it into The Wave *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Marigold, The – Waipahu / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Martini Zoo – Kalakaua Ave., across Century Center / previously was Slammers Bar & Grill / currently Home Bar & Grill *contributed by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Masquerade – Kalakaua Ave & Ala Wai Blvd., Waikiki / there was an upper mez’ level / currently the Waikiki Landmark
  • Maze – Waikiki Trade Center (second floor) / hip-hop club / became Fashion 45, the Black Diamond
  • Meat Market, The – Corner of Seaside and Kuhio Ave. / Along with Red Oyster, Restaurant Corp. of Hawaii (RCOH) also ran a nightclub this club in the early 70’s, an aptly named, short-lived pickup spot. When it closed, LA buyers stepped in, kept the dark booth decor & it became Matteo’s. *contributed by Jim Dorsey
  • Merry Monarch – Beachwalk and Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki / Live bands The Wilde Ones and Gross National Product covered soul music there in ’66 and ’67; after mid-summer ’67 there was a moss rock facade; first topless waitress bar? / currently *contributed by Jim Fox, Richard Wiley & Mike Prewitt
  • Michaelangelo – In Eaton Square on Hobron Lane, Waikiki / fun gay-friendly karaoke bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Mike’s Broil Your Own – Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Moon, The – Outrigger Hotel penthouse, Waikiki / features / currently
  • Moose McGillycuddy’s – Pucks Alley / Prior to being named Moose McGillycuddy’s, they were named Bullwinkle’s (see that entry above for more info’); Ernie Cruz, Kaau Crater boys, Robi performed there / currently *contributed by A.T. & Jimmy Barberino
  • Mr. C’s – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Mustang – Waiakamilo Rd. (across the fire station) / dance club / currently
  • Mystique – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / attracted a younger local hip hop crowd / currently (previously Blue Zebra)
  • Napoleon’s – location / Reach band performed there / currently
  • No Name Bar – Kailua / dancing; flaming shots *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Oahu Bar, The – location / live music / currently
  • Oasis, The – mauka side of Old Waialae Road, where Kapiolani Blvd. meets up with Kapahulu Ave. / gentlemen’s club formerly known as Chaco’s Yakiniku Restaurant / It was a cozy restaurant, and went kind of downhill when it became converted to Oasis nightclub in the 1980s. The late ghost story writer Glenn Grant wrote about the dismembered hand that had been found in the parking lot around that time…supposedly has to do with a series of supernatural events that involve Mo`ili`ili and Ka`imuki. / currently a public storage facility *contributed by Tim
  • Ocean Club – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / Honolulu’s uber “yuppie club; took over where Studebaker’s left off / currently M Night Club
  • Oceania’s Empire Room – Oceania Floating Chinese Restaurant / Moe Keale and Anuenue, The Kasuals & Reach band performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • O Lounge – Ala Moana / dance club and lounge / currently The Republic
  • One Honolulu – Aloha Tower Market Place / they tried to give it lots of media hype and glamour glitz like celebrity red carpet grand openings / currently
  • On Fire – Kapiolani Blvd. / features/ currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
    Pantheon – Nuuanu, near Hotel St. / 60s era, owner Johnny would handout freebees *contributed by Jim
  • Paris – Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, Waikiki / small nightclub lounge / currently
  • Partners – on Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu / primarily lesbian clientele *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Parrot House – location / Kalani Whitmarsh was DJ *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Pat’s Cocktail Center – Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, across from Ala Moana Center / primarily lesbian clientele *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Pearl City Tavern –  Waimano Home Road & Kamehameha Hwy, Pearl City / opened in 1936 by George and Irene Fukuoka, closed in 1993; house specialties were steaks, live Maine lobsters and banana drinks at the live Monkey Bar; popular with Pearl Harbor servicemen / currently
  • Opehrs  – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, next to eggs and things / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
  • Opus One – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / Group called the Insights played there; Rene & Akemi Paulo with their talented family performed there too *contributed by Carrie
  • Pecos River Cafe – Aiea / Hawaii’s Premier Country & Western night club, circa 1986, “Urban Cowboy” type of bar *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Peppermint Lounge, The – Kalaukaua & Ena Rd. *contributed by Gerry
  • Piko Lounge – Waikiki, near the Ambassor Hotel / small place with a nice bar; Arnold Kealanui played there in the wee hours of the morning / currently
  • Phaze – Behind Masquerade nightclub at Kalakaua, McCully & Ala Wai Blvd., Waikiki / Circa late 80’s; Alternative/New Wave / currently the Waikiki Landmark condominium *contributed by A Hanaike
  • Piccadilly Pub – Waikiki Beach side behind the Lollipop 70s-early 80s / dart bar / Publican-Don Hall *contributed by Bill Marshall
  • Pink Cadillac – Ena Road (next to 7-Eleven), Waikiki / Opened by Kail, who also opened Blue Zebra and Pink’s Garage; younger crowd during the late 80’s / currently Irish Rose *contributed by Ivan
  • Pink’s Garage – Honolulu / Opened by Kail, who also opened Pink Cadillac and Blue Zebra; the original warehouse style club in Honolulu with great concerts *contributed by Ivan
  • Pipeline Cafe – Pohukaina St., Kaka’ako / live music & dance club / currently BJ Penn Gym
  • Pirate Bully Hayes – Pearl City / features / currently
  • Players Sports Bar – Alakea Street & University Ave. locations / sport bar featuring attractive servers / currently
  • Pohaku’s – Nimitz Hwy. / features / currently
  • Point After – Hawaiian Regent Hotel, Waikiki / features / became Eurasia, currently a Spa; hotel is now Waikiki Marriot
  • Porkys & Stetsons – Pearl City / features *contributed by Kama
  • Power House, The – The Power House – across from the Red Noodle in Waikiki / very rowdy place with lots of action that spilled into the parking lot behind the International Market Place during the late 1960s *contributed  by T.T.
  • Power Station, The – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / place was happening in 1985; was called Hell before ’85 / currrently
  • Primo Gardens – across the street from the marina entrance to the Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / entertainment by Sunday Manoa *contributed by Pat
  • Prospect Place – Kalihi / features / currently
  • Punky Kid Saloon – Originally located in downtown Honolulu in an alley next to the Hawaii Theater;  later moved to Kona St. / Gay bar with upstairs pool table and lounge where you could enjoy your pakalolo *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Pure Platinum – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / Gentlemen’s club; co-owned by David Shutter / previously Deja Vu; currently Maddog Saloon
  • Pyramids – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
  • QM I – (aka the Question Mark) – Beretania St. in downtown Honolulu / a gay-friendly genuine dive bar with pool table, live cockroaches running up and down the bar, along with druggies, hookers and other fringe types *contributed by Josh Kay
  • QM II  (aka the Question Mark II) –  Kalakaua Ave. at Young St., Honolulu / another seedy gay bar, but a couple of notches nicer than QM I;  cheap booze, pool table and juke box; frequented by druggies, prostitutes and other questionable types *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Queen’s Surf – a Waikiki legend only your parents or grandparents know about within its hallowed walls / likely those who loved Queens Surf didn’t vote for Frank Fasi
  • Rail Bar, The – Kalakaua Ave, in hotel lobby on the way to Duke’s (Outrigger Waikiki Beach) – features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Rendezvous Nightclub – Waikiki /  Schofield, Hawaii–May 1956. Four Kings Quartet win US Army All Pacific Talent show. Appeared on morning television the following Monday morning, then at the Rendezvous night club the following Saturday, then the banquet room at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel the following Saturday for a stateside Bankers Convention. From there we appeared all through the Islands. Then we got shafted by the army.
    They refused to send us to New Jersey to compete in the Army Talent Show, opting instead to send 24 boxers to Boston,Mass to compete in the golden gloves finals. We became bitter toward the Army and they broke us up in 1957 by rotating 2 members. Am interested in finding an old picture of the Rendezvous for my scrapbook. Will pay for the picture. Sincerely Ken Martin, lead singer for The Four Kings. (P.S. Not one of the boxers qualified for the golden gloves.) *contributed by Ken Martin
  • Rainbow Tavern, The – Kalakaua, one block Ewa from the Ala Moana junction / where C&K made their bones / currently *contributed by AieaBoy
  • Ralph & Ann’s (Ayala’s Ballroom) – makai side, North School St. (around Houghtailing?) / lots of Latin music / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Rascal’s nightclub  – Kuhio Ave. Waikiki / The entrance was on the second floor of a two level building near the Miramar hotel. You went down a wide white staircase to get to the dance floor and there was a white pillar with a cupid statue. It tried to compete with Rumours as an upscale disco, but couldn’t keep a crowd. Closed and became Deja Vu, a gentlemen’s nightclub (then became Pure  Platinum, another gentlemen’s club *contributed by Samurai
  • Rathskellar, The – basement on King, makai side, same block as the King theater / had a piano player name Sylvia? (something) / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Really Crap Hole Dive Bar,  The –  Kuhio Village Resort apartment /size of a closet; the whole place was a dump *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Red Lion, The – Hyatt Regency Waikiki (sidewalk cellar) / bar and club / currently
  • Red Lion – Lewers Street (in the basement) / claustrophobic *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Red Lion Pizza Parlour – Outrigger West, Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / sidewalk entrance bar downstairs, may have opened before the hotel was finished. You ordered your pizza upstairs and went down to the bar and listened to the excellent juke box and for your order to be called. *contributed by A.T. and George Zirnite
  • Red Noodle – Duke’s Lane/Kuhio Ave, behind International Market Place in the old Reef Hotel / Restaurant Corp. of Hawaii (RCOH) ran this nightclub hot spot in the early 70’s; mostly African-American clientele, however some locals would chance ‘um; glad we did because most of the time was pretty much fun; at the grand opening in 1970 Quicksilver Messenger Service played and the Chambers Brothers were in the audience.  *contributed by Phil and Jerrie Mitchell and Jim Dorsey
  • Red Vest – corner of Kuhio and Nahua across from the Black Angus / 60s era / currently
  • Reef Showroom, The – location / live music / current *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
  • Reni’s – Pearl City / opened by Roger Mosley (TC from Magnum P.I.); Was it the same space as Bully Hayes was in? / currently
  • Rex’s – corner of Kuhio and Nahua in Waikiki, across from the Black Angus / 80’s era nightclub / currently Play Bar *contributed by Jim Dorsey
  • Rex’s & Eric’s – corner of Kuhio and Nahua in Waikiki / 70’s era fine dining restaurant & fancy disco, THE place to see celebrities, including the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Mark Spitz; in the late 70’s it turned into a private club; opened a backgammon room and added a small dance floor; Jo Anne from NYC started playing records and teaching people to “touch dance”; while there were already gay disco bars in Waikiki at this early age of the fad, this was the first venture into straight disco; when they made the change, Rex bought Eric out and it became just Rex’s; DJ (Debbie) Anderson spun there / currently Play Bar *contributed by Jim Dorsey and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle & DJ Anderson
  • RJ’s – Nanakuli / dancing / currently
  • Romany (sp. Romainy?), Club – location? / 1968 era topless place with a Belly Dancer *contributed by Tom
  • Row Bar, The – Restaurant Row (center court area) / open air bar
  • Rose and Crown Pub – King’s Village, Waikiki / sing-along piano; Joan met her husband Dave there! *contributed by Alan and Joan & Dave
  • Rosie’s Boathouse  – Kaneohe (near the post office) / Bla Pahinui performed there often / currently
  • Royal Lanai – Kapiolani Blvd. / later became Kengo’s 2 / currently Nordstrom *contributed by A.T.
  • Round House, The – Pearlridge Shopping Center, Aiea / located under Anna Millers *contributed by Mary Becker
  • Roundhouse, The  – Waikiki / model trains ran through there / currently
  • Russell’s Rowboat – McCully-Kalakaua / features / currently
  • Sad Sam’s – Hotel Street, between Maunakea and River Street (before Glades) / owned by “Sad Sam” Ichinose, the boxing promoter; eventually became Lorraine’s, then was sold to a new owner *contributed by Jason
  • Sandbox, The – Sand Island Access Rd. / owned by Howard Farias; Hawaii’s home of country western music; Eddie Kamae played there; original Sons of Hawaii played their first pro gig there as a group *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
  • Sand Castle, The – Reef Hotel (pre-Jilly’s) Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Score’s Sports Bar – Corner of Auahi & Ke’awe, Kaka’ako / formerly Club Irene; space known to be a bar since 1963 or so, including a hostess bar, strip club and place where local “mafia” hung out / currently Bevy (a bar) *contributed by Christian (owner of Bevy)
  • Scruples – corner of Kuhio and Nahua in Waikiki / co-owned by David Shutter; back half banquet room of the original Red Vest / currently Play Bar *contributed by Jim Dorsey
  • Secrets – location / open 24 hours, cover charge was membership dues / currently *contributed by A.T.
    Senor Frog’s – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki / Mexican restaurant & cantina bar; after hours nightclub / currently
    Shipwreck Kelly’s – Lewer’s St., Waikiki / features / currently
  • Shack Waikiki, The – Kuhio Ave., in the Waikiki Trade Center / Sports Bar featuring burgers and kitschy Hawaiian themed decor; live local music & dance club during late night hours (4am club) / currently vacant
  • Shelter, The – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
  • Shipley’s – Manoa Marketplace / music every Sunday night was Mike Ka`awa & Friends / currently
  • Shasteen’s – Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki / upstairs towards the beach, best Blue Hawaiian drinks; regular spot for US service members back in the 80s *contributed by Ray Cunningham
  • Short Snorter Bar – the OLD Honolulu Airport (pre-1962) / “Short Snorter” was a collection of bank notes (legal tender CASH), both U.S. and European currencies taped together into a roll upon which military service members would sign each other’s names as keepsakes. They were collected, typically, in bars and other raucous spots where the rank & file could relax / currently *contributed by Tom Gibson
  • Shotz Bar – Nohonani in Waikiki / features / currently Honolulu Tavern *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Sir John’s – nearby the old KITV & KHON studios / features / currently
  • Slammer’s – Ward Ave., / was replaced by Dixie Grill, then Kanpai (California Rock ‘n Sushi nextdoor) / currently vacant *contributed  by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Slammers Bar & Grill – Kalakaua Ave. / later changed its name to Martini Zoo/ currently Home Bar & Grill *contributed by DaSauceMan and Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Sloppy Joe’s & Fat Tuesdays – Aloha Tower Marketplace / bar and grill restaurant by day, club by night,  It then opened as WATERFRONT CAFE, another hybrid restaurant/nightclub / currently
  • South Seas, The – makai side of Kalakaua (about where Ala Moana runs into it) / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Spaghetti Eddie’s – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / gay bar and restaurant opened by Trixie *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Sparky’s – Kapiolani Blvd. / Kapena performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Spat’s – sidewalk-fronted cellar of the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki / Rian Neves was DJ *contributed by Rollow Mickle
  • Spindrifters – Kahala Mall / Music Magic performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Spinners Waikiki – location / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Stardust, The – Beretania (opposite and Ewa of the Palace theater) / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Steel Wings – 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. / it had an airline theme with bartenders dressed as pilots and servers dressed as flight attendants. The Whiz Kids were the house band with a lead guitarist who looked and sounded like an Asian Rod Stewart / currently the space is Morimoto Waikiki *contributed by Ryan
  • Streamers – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki; half basement on the mauka side of the street / bouncer, but no cover; free pupu buffet for a two drink minimum; buy one drink and eat fast while dodging the waitress; had a dance floor with colored light blocks *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Stop Lite – location / One hell of an adult circus show. Flute players, Cookie Monsters, and ping pong swingers / currently *contributed by Dean Masutomi
  • Stuart Andersons  – Ward / Country Living performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Studebaker’s – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / bartop performances by their wait and bar staff / currently M Night Club (previously Ocean Club)
  • Stuffed Tomato, The – McCully/Ala Wai *contributed by mr. crabnuts & Yobo
  • Sty, The – Niu Valley Shopping Center / home of Bruddah Moe Keale, a.k.a. “Zulu” *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
  • Sugar Mill Lounge – location / Phaze VII performed there / currently
  • Surf Bar – Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki / round configuration; drink, dance and live music by the ocean; if you were lucky you could sneak up on Bertha Young and ask her if she knew where the Pacific Ocean was *contributed by Doug Crocker
  • Surfer’s Corner – was located somewhere in Waikiki / a gay bar; need more information *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Sway Bar – Sway Hotel, Koa Street, Waikiki (behind the Hyatt) / hotel bar / currently Wang Chung’s *contributed by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Swing Club, The – Hotel St. / Gay-friendly Jazz club / currently
  • Tahiti, The – Nuuanu, near Hotel St. / 60s era; Tahiti On Nuuanu Ave. / Tanya, Tudi, and Flo would serve it up *contributed by Jim
  • Tahitian Lanai – Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki / the complete embodiment of what Waikiki should be today, now but a distant memory / currently the brand new Waikikian time share resort (operated by Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • Taj Mahal – Ala Moana Blvd (by Ward Center) / features / currently
  • Tammy’s Lounge – Hotel Street, downtown Honolulu / Club Hubba Hubba era; sister club to Lollipop Lounge; topless bar *contributed by Wahiniguy and Jerrie Mitchell
  • Territorial Tavern – Bishop St., downtown Honolulu / Home of Booga, Booga comedy group and the Beamer Brothers / currently
  • Texas Paniolo ‘s Bar – Waikiki / features / currently
  • Therapy Sports Grill – Koko Marina, Hawaii Kai / sports bar & asian fusion cuisine / previously Just Tacos; currently
  • Third Floor, The – Kalakaua Hotel (currently the Marriott), Waikiki / owned by famed developer Chris Hemmeter *contributed by Doug Crocker
  • Tiki Lounge – International Marketplace, Waikiki / features *contributed by George Zirnite
  • The Tomato NightclubTomato, The – corner of McCully St. and Ala Wai Blvd., Waikiki (next to Al Phillips the Cleaners) / ’70 era a gay-friendly bar; was preceded by The Stuffed Tomato; Monty Monroe was DJ; after-hours competition for LAVA LAVA (across the street, where what became The Wave Waikiki) *contributed by webrunner and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle and Josh Kay
  • Top Of Da Shoppe – Kapiolani Blvd. / Kalapana, Summer, England Dan and John Ford Coley, James Lee Stanley performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Top of the I – Ilikai Hotel / features / currently *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
  • Trappers – Hyatt Regency, Waikiki / live Jazz / currently
  • Trixx – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / gay bar and club / previously Hamburger Mary’s
  • Tropics Cafe Bar and Lounge – Ward Farmers Market, Kaka’ako / happy hour hot spot; ono grindz; live music / currently Real Gastro Pub
  • Tropical Paradise – Kalakaua Ave. between Beretania and Young Streets / neighborhood-type gay bar; often featured local musical groups performing live *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Underwater Bar – parking garage of the Outrigger Reef Hotel / features / became an Irish Pub later? *contributed by Tappy
  • Under Construction – location / gay bar; band named “SUGAR” played there *contributed by debi pomeroy
  • Two Jacks Funny – Hotel Street, downtown Honolulu / a regular stop after Hubba Hubba in the late 80’s / currently *contributed by Nick galante
  • Valentino’s – Waikiki / disco dance contests at Valentino’s were so successful that they extended the number of contests until a Thursday night in October ’78 where the finals were televised live on KHON TV Channel 2 with a first prize of $5000; Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle was DJ at Valentino’s; DJ (Debbie) Anderson also spun there; David Bouie was spotted there, wearing pale pink leather shoes *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle & DJ Anderson
  • Velvet Lounge – Kaka’ako (across the former CompUSA / features / previously was Grumpy’s, then became Blue Ocean Thai Restaurant / currently
  • Venus Nightclub – Kapiolani Blvd. (adjacent to Ala Moana Center) / drag & male review shows; dance club / currently Bar Seven
  • Virus, The – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
  • Volcano Night Club – Nimitz Business Plaza / younger hip-hop crowd / previously World Cafe
  • Waikiki Beach Broiler – In a hotel / a band did a medley of covers that we all memorized and sang along; didn’t have a cabaret license so no dancing allowed; we “Butt Danced” in our chairs *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Waikiki Tavern – Ewa end of Kuhio beach / food downstairs, booze place upstairs / currently *Contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Warehouse, The –   Waimanu St. / live music by Jesse Morgan and the Moptops; good live music with psychedelic light show; teens were into weed and downers as this was in the 60′s; used to get a laugh when some of the kids really thought they were getting buzzed by the non alcoholic ”Near Beer” *contributed by Phil
  • Warrior Lounge, The – Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki / features / currently
  • Waterfront Cafe – Aloha Tower Marketplace / bar and grill restaurant by day, club by night / previously was Sloppy Joe’s & Fat Tuesdays; currently
  • Wave, The – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / owned by Jack Law, owner of world-famous Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand; live bands; alternative lifestyle; before The Wave, it was LAVALAVA / currently the site situates an upscale condominium *contributed by webrunner
  • Wahiawa Hut, The – location / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
  • Whiskey Willy’s – Waikiki / first “real” disco in Waikiki; opened with Bill Walton as manager; big time bands from the mainland played there; sometime in late ’74/’75 they decided to have a DJ play during the band breaks, to which Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle got the job since he knew the manager and Rollow was already a big time disco dancer along with his then girlfriend (and eventually 1st wife) Kalani Rogers; later it became Da Sting, managed by Fred Hirayama *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Whitney’s – Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe / neighborhood bar / currently
  • Wimpy’s – makai Ewa corner of Fort Street Mall & Beretania / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Windows on Eaton Square – Hobron Lane, Waikiki / gay bar known for its huge windows overlooking the street; large space with lots of tables and chairs; operated by Jim and Reggie, previous owners of the Balcony Bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Winery, The – “below street level” dnace/nightclub in Waikiki, mauka side, a little Ewa of Kanekapolei, maybe even Ewa of Walina; around the same time that Rumours (in the Ala Moana Hotel) was in it’s hey day in the early 80’s
  • Wonder Lounge, The – location / features / currently
  • World Cafe – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako, then moved to the Nimitz Business Plaza in a large back area warehouse. They survived for a while, then closed to become VOLCANO Night Club. They then closed as well.
    World Famous, The – next to Opehrs on Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
  • Yappy’s – Kapahulu / Gay bar famous for the wait staff having to wear a “I am a Boy” pin to make sure nobody made a “Crying Game” discovery! / currently *contributed by KeithF and Josh Kay
  • York’s – Puck’s Alley / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Zebra Room, The – Kalakaua Ave., between Young & Beretania / Dave Brubeck played there for a while before he became THE Dave brubeck / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • 2 Jacks – lower Hotel Street / often had live music (jazz) / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • 2nd Floor – Kailua / Bryon Bryant was DJ *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • 23rd Step – Kailua / nightclub / currently

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*List updated 1.14.18

Related links:
70sNightClubReunion.com – The Hawaii 70’s Night Club Reunion website

P.S. This post is obligated to include a P.S.A. and friendly reminder…



259 thoughts on “Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

  • July 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I am looking for more information about “Sir John’s Bar” which was located between KITV-TV4 and KHON-TV2 back in 1970’s/’80’s.

    • July 23, 2015 at 1:28 am


      Based on the area you mentioned between KITV and KHON back in the 70s and 80s, Sir John’s Bar would have been located on Ala Moana Boulevard, a block Ewa of Ala Moana Shopping Center, somewhere around what is currently Hokua Tower and Naru Tower condominiums.

      I know one of the news directors who worked for KHON back in those days. I’ll try asking him if he remembers Sir John’s.

      An interesting tidbit about old Honolulu news buildings is also the former KGMB 9 building on Kapiolani Boulevard, across Ala Moana Center. It’s now completely renovated and subdivided for multiple tenants, including a Thai restaurant, the popular M&W Restaurant, and Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, and a few other tenants. I’m VERY surprised that wasn’t razed for yet another luxury condo’.

  • July 28, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    1. 23rd step in Kailua,

    2. The Stuffed Tomato on McCully/Ala Wai.

    3. Also who can forget the

    “Gay 90’s”  on McCully/Kalakaua? Home of Sassafras, Gold Rush, etc.

    4.THE WAHIAWA HUT !!!!!

    5. Opehrs on Kalakaua, next to eggs and things.

    6. The World Famous–next to Opehrs

    7. The Dragon Lady, on Kalakaua which turned into the Wave.

    • July 29, 2015 at 5:40 am

      “mr. crabnuts” (hilarious s/n!),

      All your contributions have been added to the list. Mahalos! If you have any more specific details about each of those places, that would be great, as so far it’s just the name and approximate location in the database.

  • August 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Primo Gardens. Across the street from the  marina entrance to the Ilikai. Entertainment by Sunday Manoa.,

  • November 24, 2015 at 11:49 am

    On hotel street between mauna Kea and river street before Glades

    There was a bar called lorraines that my mother bought from

    Sad Sam ichinose the boxing promoter formerly it was sad Sams.

  • November 24, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I really enjoy reviewing this list and comments from the past…. It brings back fond memories  and times I will never forget. There was the round Surf Bar outside on the Royal Hawaiian grounds.You could drink, dance, listen to music and the ocean,visit with friends,  etc.
    and if you were lucky you could sneak up on Bertha Young and ask her if she knew where the Pacific Ocean was… And, all that came gratis from a friendly bartender who never left me a tab to pay for more than a buck and a quarter. True Hawaii indeed…Was glad to see Nick’s Fish Market
    show up on the list as last I saw him was at his place at the Fairmont on Maui. Didn’t see The Third Floor at Chris Hemmeter’s Kalakaua hotel which I believe is now the Marriott. Yes, those were the days when trying to pick which beach to go to on the weekends and whether to eat at Nick’s, Matteo’s, the Red Vest or go to the Mama’s and Papa’s concert at the Point After??? Hmm.think I’ll just throw a couple of 6’ers into my Hawaiian cooler and ride up to my $50.00 mo. beach house on Crozzier loop in Mokuleia and catch our dinner. Reminds me, any one remember “M’s in an alley off of Bishop St.? Hard to find but, the best cheeseburger and fries in town.

    • April 9, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Loved Nicks Fish market. On my nights off work I would start there and usually end up at the Red Noodle or Infinity. When I left the Islands I hit up Nicks Fish market in Hollywood, The same band would come and play there. Augie Ray I think his name was. Mateos is was one of my favorite also. Long time ago. Fun times and bad times. Honolulu was such a corrupt place at that time. Maybe still is.

      After work we would end up at Dennys down the street from the Sheraton. You sometimes would see Jack Lord eating there, two inches of makeup plastered on his face. We didn’t leave work til like three in the morning once the place was clean, changed out of our little bathing suit uniform and had our free pau drink.

  • November 25, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Doug Crocker and Jason,

    Your (greatly detailed) contributions have been added to the list. Mahalos!

    Doug, I’ve dined a couple times at Nick’s Fishmarket in the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort. EXCELLENT! The Nick’s Fishmarket in Waikiki has gone through several new owners and concepts, one of which being a sports bar named “Bambooze”. Latest I’ve seen, it was a “generic” breakfast diner. Interestingly, the original Nick’s Fishmarket sign is still up in front.

  • December 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you for assembling such a great list that captures so many of life’s memories.  I’m hoping someone on here might remember the name of bar that currently escapes me.  It was a very small gay bar, I believe in Waikiki, that you accessed from an alley and was next to a restaurant.  There was a small TV screen for karaoke, and lots of dollar bills stuck to the ceiling.  It was the first place I went to with someone who would become my partner for 20 years until his passing, so the place holds good memories.  I was able to remember the name until a couple of years ago – age I suppose is setting in.


    • December 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Oops, it was around at least until the early 90’s.

      • December 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

        was it “the Apartment” I believe near Queen Kapiolani  opposite the Zoo?

        • December 3, 2015 at 6:44 pm

          Thanks for replying so quickly!  That name doesn’t sound familiar.  Was there something similar with an Asian sounding name?

    • June 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Could that be Wang Chungs?

  • January 31, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Is there any place in a safe area of Waikiki that has the feel and sound of old Hawaii?

    • January 31, 2016 at 10:06 am


      Duke’s Waikiki at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, hands-down. Expensive drinks, but the view and ambiance is a million bucks. Very “old Waikiki” vibe, with a great mixture of tourists and locals (about 80% tourists to 30% locals at any given time).

      As you may know, they’re almost done rebuilding the Waikiki International Marketplace, where it will be all upscale, however they have retained the banyan tree in the center, which will probably be really cool.

      Another “cozy, old school Waikiki” bar I highly recommend is Arnold’s on Saratoga, right across the Waikiki post office. Pretty cool joint.

      That all said, you’ll still have to take it with a grain of salt, as NOTHING can replace the golden days of the likes of the Tahitian Lanai and Duke Kahanamoku’s in the OLD Waikiki International Marketplace. ;-\

      • January 31, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        As an old Spencliff alumni T.L. was the best for that old 1930’s Waikiki. My mom & Dad partied in Waikiki in the 30’same and told me a million times how the T.L. was just like it “used to be”. Anyone from the late ’60’s remember the beautiful Chinese gal that tended bar at the separate bar at street side of the hotel? Now that was an original “tiki” bar. It smelled like bamboo!

        • January 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm


          What do you think of La Marianas on Sand Island? Some say they’re the “last standing TRUE Tiki Bar in Hawaii”.

          The Shack in Hawaii Kai does a pretty good job recreating that tiki bar ambiance (love the Ohia wood framework), although at one time they had some cleanliness issues. I went back there recently and it looks like they cleaned up, including refinishing the wood tables. Probably has to do with the owner who moved back to Hawaii Kai to oversee the operation (he also owns the Shack in Mililani).

      • June 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

        I remember Don Ho at Dukes in the late 60s. Also the Attic Bar Waikiki-with it’s habachis. Also the Garden Bar in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel.

  • February 29, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    The Tomato was a way gay bar. As a young sailor at Pearl it was my first. And lots of local and haole boys were singing to Rod Stewart “If you think I’m sexy” to each other. It just was…

  • March 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Dolphin Club, Beretania Street near Bishop.  Submariner hangout in the early ’60s, strange place.


  • March 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Porkys & Stetsons in Pearl City.

  • March 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I hung out in every bar on and off Hotel St. in the 60’s and most of them on Waikiki as well.  My base of ops was the Tahiti On Nuuanu Ave. where Tanya, Tudi, and Flo would serve them up, then I could stroll up to the Pantheon and get a freebie or two from Johnny(?), he was the owner at the time, then cross the street and double-back to Hotel for a visit with the girls at Tokyo on the corner, then back across Nuuanau and down the alley to the Alley Cat to pass some time with Kitty and Ruby.  When I wanted peace and quiet I’d head out to June’s Two Moon Café in Pearl City and visit June and the lovely young women who worked for her.

  • April 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

    The Funny Farm and The WhereHouse where the Spirits, The MoppTopps, Val Richards V, The Casuals of Waikiki, The Undertakers, & The Telstars all played. Steve Lucas Guitarist for The Casuals is still playing Jazz music with his friends at various locations around town. He organizes “A Fellowship of Jazz” where anyone can drop in and play, sing, perform a hula, etc.

    I played in a teen band called “The Children of Stone” and battled friends from other bands such as “The Young Ones”, “The Raiders”, “Lukes’ Pinapple Store”, “The Silver Bike” “Luv Special Delivery” and a host of others. I remember playing at The Hoot Club in Kailua before it became the 23rd Step. I recall Seeing “The Blues Crew” at The Chinese American Club and other bands at the old Green Turtle nightclub, Jade East, etc back in the mid to late 60’s.

    • April 17, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I use to go to The Funny Farm – I believe it was where the Marco Polo condo is now located. I dated a young man whose band “The Nightshades” played there – 1966 I believe.


      • April 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        The Nightshades were a great band. The drummer, Dale something (forgot the last name) went to Radford and worked at one of the Motorcycle dealers on Nimitz Blvd around 69/70, maybe a bit later also.

  • April 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Dale Niemi was the Nightshades drummer. Or one of them. they probably had several as bands did in those days.

    • April 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Richard VanderWoerdt – Guitar – Nightshades

      • April 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

        Cool. I’d forgotten the names of the members but I recall thinking they were one of the better bands in 66/67. Saw them at several places (Ft. Shafter Teen Club, RHS probably).

  • April 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    There was a place in the mid 60’s up to early 70’s below Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor (international Market Place).  The Surfers played there.  Don’t know if it was called the Canton Puka (which you have) or it was called The Point.  Around 1969/70 I remember it was called The Sweet Marie!  They had a hit song “Remember Mary”.  Met my wife there!

    Fantastic website!  Brought back a lot of memories and good times!


    • April 18, 2016 at 6:05 am

      The Suite Marie also recorded “Stella (Had a Candy Store). I remember the drummer. (Prince something) and the guitarist. Pretty good band but short-lived.

      • April 18, 2016 at 8:18 am

        The Sweet Marie’s drummer was “Prince Teddy”.

        You could see and hear the band from outside the club, so I don’t know why anyone would pay the cover to see them a little closer up.

    • December 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Wasn’t that called The Tiki or the Tiki Lounge?

  • May 25, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I am the owner of what is now Bevy on the corner of Auahi & Keawe st in Kaka’ako,

    Before we took over it was Score’s Sports bar, and before that I think it was Club Irene?

    I know it has been a bar since 1963 or so, and supposedly it has been a sports bar, hostess, bar

    strip club ( the mirrored walls are still there and marks where a stage used to be. )

    And rumor has it was a hang out for local “mafia.”

    Does anyone remember the names of any of the old bars that used to exist in the same space.

    I’m just interested in knowing the history of my bar. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  • July 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Aloha Pomai,

    Got a couple that I don’t see on the list.

    1. Brandy’s in Stadium Mall. Starting from the late 80’s, was a local watering hole/dart enthusiast’s hang out. Had a lot of dart boards, supplies, etc.. Pretty good pupus, typical bar fair. Used to hold dart leagues there along with other pub style locales like “Elephant and Castle”.

    2. I remember a “below street level” dnace/nightclub in Waikiki, mauka side, a little Ewa of Kanekapolei, maybe even Ewa of Walina. I believe it was called “The Winery”. This was around the same time that Rumours (in the Ala Moana Hotel) was in it’s hey day, I’m thinking early 80’s. I was under 21, but some VIPs I hung with at Rumours had connections with management so they gave me a VIP card so I could come and go as I please. Oh the good old days..I was over 18 but under 21 and the drinking age back then was 18, so no laws were being broken. Can’t believe Rumours is still around. Has to be one of the longest running nightclubs in Hawaii.

    • July 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Jay, mahalo for the contributions, which have been added to the list. Good stuff!

      I didn’t know Brandy’s closed. Then again, I don’t frequent that area, so. What’s in there now? Is it another bar?

      I assume the reason Rumours has had such staying power, is because it’s owned and operated by the Ala Moana Hotel. Had it been a private company, probably would have been gone long ago. As you know, Rumours is now notoriously nicknamed the “Cougars Den”. lol

      Note, Ray’s Seafood was already listed under “Oahu Eateries Memorialized“. I’ve updated that entry with the info’ you provided. You sound like you’re right around my age.

  • July 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Couple more comments:

    “Celebrity’s” that A.T. mentioned was actually “Celebrity’s Bar and Grill” (CBG for short) and I believe was started by the former managers of “Steel Wings” in the Ilikai. Was awesome to see Mackey and Malani play there back in the day. I think it opened after “Steel Wings” closed. Had a VIP card for Steel Wings, too. Was a brass keychain fob. Pretty classy. Loved their $2 Kamikaze’s (7up back).

    Ray’s Seafood Restaurant was a popular watering hole among UH students during the early 80’s. They were in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 5th floor if memory serves.

    Tanaka of Tokyo (now on the 3rd floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza) used to be on the 4th floor, I believe (early 80’s). Restaurant was in the back and you walked through the bar to get to it. We used to go to the bar to listen to a local musician (named Jared?) play guitar and sing, before Monterrey Bay Cannery opened in Ward Centre.

    Speaking of Ward Centre, I was going to say Ryan’s Parkplace, as I remember when they opened back in 1983. I guess we shouldn’t really be memorializing them, since they technically didn’t close, only changed their name. As they’ve been around for over 30 years, thought I’d give them a shout out. Many happy memories and great shots of whiskey back in the day.


  • July 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Your list of discos during the 70’s left off some important clubs. The cream of the crop in ’77-’78 was Valentino’s on Lewers St. They held the “Disco 5000” dance contest that was televised live on KHON TV Channel 2. I was the first Disco DJ in Waikiki (straight) and worked many of the early discos including Whiskey Willy’s (DaSting), Capt Nemo’s , Valentino’s, Lava Lava (The Wave) and others before moving to Japan and opening the Maharaja chain that came to Waikiki in the ’80’s.

    • July 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Wow, if you were the first DJ in Waikiki, then I guess I did not exist when I meet my wife at The Point After in 73/74′ working as a Disk Jockey.  Lee Afuvai was the Manager, Francis was his Assistant Manager, Ricky worked the door and many regulars like Herbie Vina.  Then of course there was Bobbie McGee’s also before Valentinos.  There was also Spats.

      And do not forget Infinity.  Of course they were in Major Hotels like the Hawaiian Regent (Point After), and Sheraton Waikiki (Infinity).  And yes, I remember Capt Nemo’s when Fred Paluso Managed it later to handle many other successful clubs.  So please be careful with your claims about being the first DJ in Waikiki.  Someone maybe around to check up on you.



      • July 25, 2016 at 2:06 am

        The first DJ was really Joanne at Rex’s and Eric’s which started the Disco era in Waikiki. I started playing the band breaks at Whiskey Willy’s (later Da Sting) where Bill Walton was manager. After a year it went all DJ. I knew Lee Afuvai…a great guy. Whiskey Willy’s was the first real Disco in Waikiki. The Point After came later. Rick Lopez was DJ at Hula’s …Rian Neves at Spats…..Rick Mayo at Da Sting. Never heard of you dude! Check your facts and Advertiser critic John Berger. If you don’t know of me …..Rollow “Mahalo” …..then you are the fraud!

        • December 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

          I must know you Rollow, because I was one of the djs at Rex & Erics and Valentinos. Matter of fact, I knew Rick Mayo and danced with him on stage at the Brother’s Johnson concert. Another dj, “James”, was a dj at Spats & trained me. He was friends with Rick Mayo, too. Matter of fact, both James & Rick danced with me at Spats when Cher came to the disco. I’ll never forget it. My name is Debbie Anderson. I am sure I must have met you.


  • July 26, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Great list of great oldtime bars and fun hangouts on Oahu. Didn’t see The Power House listed–it was across from the Red Noodle. Very rowdy place with lots of action that spilled into the parking lot behind the International Market Place during the late 1960s. The Cock and Bull was another interesting small bar located on a side street off Kuhio Ave.  Chucks in Hawaii Kai was a great restaurant with a piano bar. For several years Chucks had a shark on display in a too small aquarium right in front of the “wait to be seated” check in. People complained for a few years until it was finally removed. The 1960s was a great decade–we used to drive to the windward side after the package stores and bars were closed on East Oahu; pulling up behind my friend’s closed bar in Kaneohe, we were able to knock on a door and get a couple cases of Primo Beer for the ride out to Kailua Beach to watch the morning sun.

  • July 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

    @ T.T. Your contributions have been added to the list. Note, because Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai was primarily a restaurant, it was placed in the Oahu Eateries Memorialized listing.

    Love the details you provided, especially about the shark on display in the too small aquarium at Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai. I take it that’s the same Chuck’s as was also located in Pearlridge, and currently in Waikiki. Which is partially owned by Scott Rolles (his dad was Chuck), an heir of the Outrigger Hotels dynasty.

    @ Rollow Mickle – You sure have a unique name! I can see why you went as “Rollow Mahalo”, otherwise it would be difficult to remember your name as the DJ.

    Was Rex’s and Eric’s two different establishments, or was it called “Rex’s & Eric’s”? The only disco TV show I remember was “Dance Fever” with Deney Terrio. Then again, from a young age I embraced British rock (Floyd, Zep’, Sabbath, etc.), and became one from the “Disco’s Sucks! Rock Rules!” rebellious group of American male youth. lol

    Where exactly was Da Sting (previously Whiskey Willy’s)?  Since you know so many of the Waikiki/Honolulu clubs around the 70s era, if you see any listed above that have the location missing, please help provide info’ where they were!

    I didn’t know Maharaja was from Japan. Always thought it was a mainland outfit. I believe that space is still vacant ever since Zanzabar left. Same for the space downstairs where The Shack Waikiki was. Man, that was a logistical/security MESS when all those clubs were there at one time (add Maze/Black Diamond). They might as well have put a police substation right in the Waikiki Trade Center. That building is going through a major renovation right now, which it REALLY needs after all that!

    @ Ron Skates – Wow, didn’t know Point After dated as far back as the early 70s. I thought that was an 80s club. As for the “first DJ in Waikiki” debate, you and Rollow clearly knew the people behind the Waikiki club scenes during that era. You two should get together over a beer and reminisce!

    • July 26, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Might break into a disco fight after a few beers.

    • June 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Yup, when Maharaja opened it was associated with a group of very exclusive night clubs in Japan where you had to buy a membership that, if I recall correctly, was about $1,000 a year. That’s why so many Japanese tourist went there, it was a chance to see what they wouldn’t ever see in Japan. I remember the glitzy ebony and gold theme and dancing on the counters around the dance floor.

  • July 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Da Sting was in the Princess Kaiulani Hotel, overlooking Kaiulani Avenue. I worked as an “assistant host” (bouncer) at the Rose and Crown pub in King’s Alley before and when home from law school at Berkeley. We’d close at 2 and drink and dance at Da Sting ’till 4 in our red palaka shirts while everyone there was dressed to the 9s.

    Da Sting had big local hosts, which prevented the fights that plagued some other discos. I think too many guys would come in on drugs like angel dust, then drink and get lolo.

    Other hosts were Lee Deshong and Tony Miloni, who left to start Bullwinkle’s, later known as Moose McGillicuddy’s, originally located in the top floor of  Waikiki Shopping Plaza. They later opened in the space in Puck’s Alley that used to be The Blue Goose, which was owned by Bob Converse, who also owned The Green Turtle bar on Kapiolani. The Goose was famous for its barrel of free roasted peanuts and popcorn.

    Another host was Lynn Sapir, an Iolani grad who owns Johnny White’s Bar in The French Quarter of NOLA.

    The Goose was for drinkers and stoners. You could smuggle in your own Spanada or vodka, which you could buy at the liquour store next door. Then you could stagger to The Gingerman a half-block away. That was the hangout for UH athletes, stoners and dealers. Nickle-a-beer nights, dollar wine-cooler pitcher nights and dollar-spaghetti food fights. it took up two floors in the wing of that L-shaped building next to Blazing Steaks. Its kitchen area is now Ahi Assassins.

    If you could crawl a few more feet to Anna’s (Banannas) you could hang out with hippies, UH intellectuals (former Gov. Abercrombie and other profs and ass’t profs), bikers and more stoners. Famous for peanut butter and jelly pizzas.

    If you were still hungry, there was Kuhio Grill, a local bar with heavy pupus. What you got fed depended on how much you tipped the auntie-looking waitresses. I usually ended up with shoyu hot dog and cabbage. I remember some of the rich jocks, like running back Rocky Pamplin, who graced the first cover of Playgirl magazine, getting whole Maine lobsters. God know how much his waitress got tipped.

    Unlike Waikiki, the University bar patrons mostly did just weed, and lots of it. A few also did coke. A much more mellow and hungry crowd than at the discos. The music was more R&B, soul and hard rock.

    Do any of you others on Medicare remember the name of the bar where the powerlifter Joe Mayo used to be a host? I think it was in or near where Tony Roma’s is now.



    • July 28, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Blue Goose: peanuts on the floor, cable spools for tables, wine coolers, $1beer pitchers, “Grooving on a Sunday afternoon” coming out the speakers, and Fri. afternoon happy hour with your grad student Tudor learning the art of “smoozin” for a passing grade. Yes knew the place well. I can vouch for $1 spaghetti nights at Anna Banana’s. (Don’t remember food fights, must have started that in 1970+.

      Only one you missed in University Area was Charle’s Tavern. It was my fraternities home away from home (Kapa Iota)

      • July 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

        The memories keep coming back. You need to correct some info on Whiskey Willy’s and I have much more to add. Lee Afuvai was not the DJ …..I was.  I love this journey back to my most enjoyable 14 years (’67-’81) I spent in Honolulu and Waikiki. I was a 19 yr old Marine stationed at Kaneohe. The Merry Monarch, Beef &  Grog and the Dunes out by the airport were my hangouts. Upon discharge in ’69 I stayed in Hawaii where in ’70 I met my 1st wife (Kalani Rogers) at Dukes in the International Marketplace. There was a place (Alice’s Restaurant) in the Cinerama Coral Reef Hotel (’70-’71) managed by Ben Smeisser. It was on Kalia Road.The Raven Brothers played there and they held dance contests. Kalani and I won many contests and represented the Tomato at the Pepsi sponsored dance contest at the ’71 Hawaii State Fair. Some time around ’74 Rex’s & Eric’s opened a backgammon room and added a small dance floor. Jo Anne from NYC started playing records and teaching people to “touch dance”. When they made the change, Rex bought Eric out and it became just Rex’s. There were already gay discos in Waikiki but this was the first straight venture into disco. Whiskey Willy’s opened with Bill Walton as manager. They had big time bands from the mainland. Sometime in late ’74/’75 they decided to have a DJ play during the band breaks. I knew Bill Walton well since Kalani and I were big club dancers. I asked him to let try the DJ spot. The rest is history. I worked there until it became Da Sting managed by Fred Hirayama. Later Dewey Reed was a manager there. Rick Mayo was my back up DJ and took over when I left. From ’76-’77 I was the DJ at Nick’s Fishmarket ,worked with Tom Johnson (TJ Discos) and the military bases. In ’77 DJ’d at Capt Nemo’s waiting for Valentino’s upstairs to open. After Valentino’s I spun at the Point After in ’79 and the Marrakesh in ’80. The Lava Lava opened next door to the Marrakesh and Robert Aquino who DJ’d with me at the Marrakesh opened at Lava Lava. After a month or so Robert decided that a gay club wasn’t his thing. So I took over until the owner was murdered. I left and Jack from Hula’s bought the club and changed it to The Wave. Highlights of my DJ career in Waikiki include working with Wolfman Jack at the “Disco Dome” Dec 15 ’78 at the Hiltom Hawaiian Village ..a Lady D (Debbie Richie) promotion. DJ Rian Neves (Spat’s) and mobile jock Jimmy James joined me. I got Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi to proclaim June 3-10 as “Disco Dance Week” with the help of Joe Mayo (Rock City Productions and Disco Scene Magazine). The dance contests at Valentino’s was so successful that they extended the number of contests until a Thursday night in October ’78 where the finals were televised live on KHON TV Channel 2 with a first prize of $5000. I was working so of course I couldn’t watch and I wish I could find someone who taped the show. Before the show I was interviewed about being a DJ and I never saw the interview. I will be in Honolulu Aug 26-Sept 12 and if anyone sees this and can help me locate a tape contact me by email rollmick@comcast.net. Aloha and this has been fun! As far as who was first “real” DJ in Waikiki…I put my resume and numerous newspaper clippings up against anyone.

  • July 30, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    You asked about Maharaja. After the owner of Lava Lava was murdered, I had a disagreement with new management and left. I had been blackballed by the local mob because of my clashes with George Simone (Valentino’s owner) about pay and other issues. I had quit Valentino’s before over pay issues….so when for the second time we had an argument and I left….he put the word out. Many of Waikiki’s nightclubs were run by mob elements and Valentino’s was their headquarters. That is why I ended up at a gay club. During this time the local mob was strong-arming the gay businesses for protection money. The owner of Lava Lava was standing up to them. Now he hires me as the DJ and it quickly became one of the top spots. Many straights started coming there. With no job…I contacted Makoto Kano….a Japanese business man who had approached me a year or do earlier and offered me a job in Japan. I declined because I was in “paradise” already and I knew nothing about Japan. He sent me an airline ticket and in  ’81 I was off to the Orient. I helped him for several years as he started Nihon Leasure Develepment Corporation and opened several discos including “Rajah Court” in the Ibis Hotel in Rappongi,Toyoko…..”Zizique” in Sensibashi,Osaka…….and the “Maharaja” in Nagoya. I helped in the design and some of the key design elements of the club. Those elephant tusks that framed the dance floor entries were my idea. I wanted the tusks to be natural white but Mr Kano won out and they were gold plated. I was at the initial meetings with the property owners in Hawaii  and was real excited to think I would be returning to Waikiki as Manager and part owner of the “Maharaja” there.  Japan was no different from Hawaii in that many of the clubs are run by the yakuza (mob). Once again I had trouble with issues and parted ways after about 7 years working with Mr Kano. Ended up in court for breach of contract. They settled out of court and I moved back home to Nashville in ’88. Mr Kano did open the club…but without me. I don’t know it’s history or how successful they were.

  • July 31, 2016 at 6:05 pm


    Ok Rollow… I am not sure where you got the impression someone was inferring Lee Afuvai was a DJ.  He was the Manager of the Point After, for as long as I can remember.  In the early 70’s I was a regular there.  He knew I was interning at one of the local radio stations as well as working the board for some of the Radio Jock’s.  Back then you had to have an FCC 3rd class license or have someone who had one working the board to work be on air as Radio talent.


    The Point After was using two live bands – however, between sets they felt they were losing drink revenue and people would leave.  Lee approached me because they wanted to setup a DJ booth across from the band platform and have them keep the pace going & who could refuse Lee? …He was such a great guy – so I did it.  This was around 1973.  This was the first Disco club to the best of my knowledge in Waikiki to use a DJ.  Although I am not sure of exact date.  Francis was his assistant manager and Rick “Ricky” Kahalehau was a host. I meet my wife when I was there. 


    In those days, everything was vinyl or carts.  Basically our job was queuing up the right track on the record, fading them in and out with a little ad lib in-between.  The objective was to keep the atmosphere of the club going where people would not lose interest, know your play list and pace your audience between fast paced Disco interspersed with some slow songs when you saw your crowd losing interest.  It was not rocket science.


    The Point After opened around 1970/71 in Waikiki (See article below for confirmation).   There was another one in Dallas I believe.


    Quoting Billboard “Magazine” Vol. 89 No. 43 – October 29-1977




    “As Rick Kahalehau, disk jockey and host of the Point After, the first disco to open on Oahu six years ago, describes the scene.  “There are a lot of clubs opening up now, but if you check it out, you’ll find that not many of them are making it.


    The Point After is owned by an investor from Japan and features two dance floors along with both live band and recorded disco music in between sets.  Besides disco music, top 10 singles and soul single are interspersed during the band intermission.  Tapes are used for the first hour and then albums and singles take their place between band sets.


    The Point as it is commonly called, caters to a young local crowd. …


    Two other clubs, the Infinity and Rex + Eric’s, opened in 1974 when the local disco scene’s popularity was bursting open.


    Rex + Eric’s is both a restaurant and a disco.  As General Manager Bob Daniels describes the establishment caters to “the beautiful young people” who frequent the Waikiki area, quite often drawing celebrities who are on vacation.


    It is owned by Rex Chandler and features separate rooms for dancing, eating and backgammon.


    “One trend I see is that live music is coming into its own and people who go to discos want live music,” comments Daniels.


    Daniels agrees that competition among various new and more established discos has reached a significant intensity.


    The backgammon room is unique in Hawaii.  People can go into a separate room where tables are set up to play the game.  In Rex + Eric’s disco room, music is provided by a live band and recorded music between sets.”


    So sir, your dates are off on when Disco started in Waikiki and when DJ’s started in Waikiki and you obviously have a slight bias on which clubs were the “Best Clubs” in Waikiki – a lot of the clubs had lines. 


    As far as the Lava Lava club owner being murdered, I could not find any documentation on that. Honestly, I have no knowledge of the gay clubs other than Hulas at that time.  


    Can you tell us the name of the owner of the Lava Lava club who you indicate was murdered?  …that does interest me.  I do remember when Chuck (Charles Marsland Jr.) was found on the Windward side murdered.  He was working as host at the Infinity in the basement of the Sheraton Waikiki.  That was in April of 1975.  …that was devastating to all of us.


    So let’s just chalk this disagreement to dates and knowledge of all the different clubs as it was an interesting time.  Remember when most if not all the military guys used to wear wigs in those days?  Just a tidbit of the old days.

    Also a sad note. Lee Afuvai passed away a few years ago.  Sadly, I had not seen him in person since the mid to late 1980’s when he stopped by my office on Kapiolani Blvd.  My wife and I did attend his funeral services and I did get a chance to see Herbie V.  My wife said she saw Francis there – however, I did not and we did not get to talk to him. Lee’s services were well attended by many notable entertainers as well as government officials and friends.  After the Point Lee went on to work under the Waihee and Cayetanto administrations as a liaison to Samoa.  I learned a lot from Lee who was a great guy.    

  • August 1, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Ok Rollow, you seem to have selective memory here.

    I do not see anyone claiming Lee Afuvai was a DJ.  He was the manager of the Point After which was in the old Waikiki Marriot Hotel on the second floor.  It was considered one of the first Disco clubs in Waikiki opening in the early 70’s (70/71).  Lee was extremely respected and later went on to work in the Waihee and Cayetano administrations as Laison to Samoa.  Unfortunately a few years ago he left us.  His services in Kaneohe were attended by a long list of entertainment and government elite.  I saw Herbie there had a nice conversation with him.  My wife saw Francis, however we did not get a chance to talk to him.  At Lee’s services, former Governor Waihee stated Lee used to be called the Mayor of Waikiki.  Lee was an amazing person and is missed by a lot of people who admired him.

    As for the Point After, and which club and who started the Disco era in Waikiki, I quote from Billboard Oct 29, 1977

    “As Rick Kahalehau, disk jockey and host of the Point After, the first disco to open on Oahu six years ago, describes the scene.  “There are a lot of clubs opening up now, but if you check it out, you’ll find that not many of them are making it.

    The Point After is owned by an investor from Japan and features two dance floors along with both live band and recorded disco music in between sets.  Besides disco music, top 10 singles and soul single are interspersed during the band intermission.  Tapes are used for the first hour and then albums and singles take their place between band sets.

    The Point as it is commonly called, caters to a young local crowd. …

    Two other clubs, the Infinity and Rex + Eric’s, opened in 1974 when the local disco scene’s popularity was bursting open.

    Rex + Eric’s is both a restaurant and a disco.  As General Manager Bob Daniels describes the establishment caters to “the beautiful young people” who frequent the Waikiki area, quite often drawing celebrities who are on vacation.

    It is owned by Rex Chandler and features separate rooms for dancing, eating and backgammon.

    “One trend I see is that live music is coming into its own and people who go to discos want live music,” comments Daniels.

    Daniels agrees that competition among various new and more established discos has reached a significant intensity.

    The backgammon room is unique in Hawaii.  People can go into a separate room where tables are set up to play the game.  In Rex + Eric’s disco room, music is provided by a live band and recorded music between sets.”

    Around 72-73 Lee knew I was working with one of the local Stations, interning. In those days if you were a radio broadcaster you either had to have a 3rd class FCC license or have someone working the board who had one, so I did some pickup work and worked the board also.  I had done it overseas and it was easy.  Lee mentioned to me that the Point wanted to build a DJ booth across from the Band and between the sets try using a DJ.  They felt that a DJ could keep the atmosphere or energy going where people would not leave between sets and also keep drinking.   I agreed and it worked out.  I did get bored with it and I believe it was Ricky who took over from me when I left. 

    Back in the 70’s being a DJ at a club was not hard.  We used Vinyl and Cart’s.  All you really had to do was know your music, que it up, fade one song out and another in with no dead air.  You did a little you announced a song here and there nothing that was a big deal.  You needed to watch your audience to intersperse the fast songs with some slow ones to keep everyone happy, again not Rocket Science. 

    Then a lot of clubs followed the trend.  Infinity popped up which was very popular in the basement just off the entrance of the Sheraton Waikiki and Rex & Eric’s as well as a lot of others.

    As far as the Gay bars in those days, I have to bow to your expertise, I only knew of Hula’s and that great Banyan tree with all its lights.  Oh and do not forget the Hamburger place next to it. 

    I could not find any documentation on the owner of the Lava Lava club being murdered.  What was his name?  Just curious, it is not showing up as an unsolved homicide so they must have caught the people.

    The only murder I can remember was in April of 75 when Chuck (Charles Marsland III (Jr.)) was killed and found on the Windward side.  He was a host of the Infinity night club and at the time his father was working in the city prosecutors’ office.  His father later became the City Prosecutor and went after those he felt were responsible and what some say was organized crime in Honolulu.

    I remember when all of the Military guys used to wear wigs.  That was something. As if people could not tell.

    Frankly it is hard to follow the time line, as so many clubs were popping up. 

    If you are coming back in August, you will not recognize the place. Even the International Market Place is not gone, but totally “Updated”.  Where we used to call it the Concrete Jungle it is now looking like Rodeo Drive.

    Sorry to say that the TV stations have changed ownership and etc, it is doubtful and interviews you may have done in the 70’s and 80’s are still around. 

    • August 1, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Check out the listing for Da Sting . They corrected the misinfo about  Lee being DJ  but  now it says incorrectly that it was Rex’s. I went to the Point after during that time and know that they had bands. No DJ……oh sure someone would put on some music during the band breaks…all the clubs did that. Maybe a tape or something. But that doesn’t mean that makes them a “real” DJ. I know that “Whiskey Willy’s” was the first all DJ straight disco. That was before The Point. Your berating the abilities to do the job shows your ignorance of what it took to really excel. Music knowledge, mixing ability, working the dance floor and getting the newest cuts before others was prime qualities a great DJ needed. I founded the Pacific Independent DJ Association, was a contributor to Billboard, Dance Music Report, was a member of the Southwest Record Pool and the Canadian Recordpool, published a newsletter (Dancing in Paradise) that I distributed at all the local record stores and boutiques around Honolulu. I have a binder full of stuff relating to my time as a DJ in Hawaii, Japan, and Nashville…where I live today. Sorry Ron but I can’t find any references about you. And if you have never heard of me…then you are probably the one who needs to check your info. I even have a “After Dark” (April 8-14) local magazine article that says”Warmest welcome to Rian Neves back home from San Francisco vacationing….to Rollow Mickle back from New York’s Billboard Convention, spinning at The Point After awaiting opening of the Kanteen Honolulu ( Ward Center) which never opened. I left Hawaii right after the situation at the Lava Lava and never knew the outcome of the owners murder. He was from Sweden and also operated a bath house upstairs from the club. This would have been maybe ’80- ’81. My original DJ handle at Whiskey Willy’s was TJ the DJ ..but if you really know Waikiki’s disco history there was another guy (Tom Johnson) who started using that name. And he had a bad reputation and I wanted to avoid confusion. John Berger, local music critic gave me the name Rollow “Mahalo” in an article in the “Sandwich Isles Gazette” in the Aug 11′ 1978 issue when I was named “DJ of the Week”. Anyway when I’m in Honolulu in a few weeks let’s get together and we can discuss this further.

      • August 1, 2016 at 10:15 am

        Rollow “Mahalo”,

        “They” is me. I’m the editor and owner of this blog. I totally appreciate all you’ve contributed, but DUDE, you need to separate your structure in paragraphs. As in, each establishment in its own paragraph. Between hard facts and your own personal experiences, I’m going CRAZY trying to figure out what you’re describing, as in where and what.

        Speaking of “where and what?”, please specify where exactly each place was located. E.G. Rex’s and Eric’s: Kaiulani Street, across King’s Alley (I know that’s not where it was, but just giving you an idea).

        All-in-all, Rollow “Mahalo”, you are the MAN! Totally appreciate everything you’ve shared here! Just help me figure out what you’re saying better, so I can convey it properly in the listing.

        The Tasty Island


        • August 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm

          Rex’s was on the corner of Kuhio and Nahua. I think I saw where Scruples took over the spot.. Sorry about the confusion. In an effort to be accurate, I am going back and reading much of my clippings and articles during that time. Hey….that’s over 30 years ago. When I come in 4 weeks maybe we can get together. The stories I can tell!!! I am writing a book about the history of Disco DJ’s and will make a national effort to get Disco DJ’s recognized for the contributions they made. In the industry there is no acknowledgement of these DJ’s who did it just for the love of it.

        • August 1, 2016 at 5:09 pm

          Pomai….I ‘m glad I found your sight and I want you to know that I can do more than present a “resume” as Ken Skates suggests. I have local magazines including “After Dark” , “Sandwich Isles Gazette”, “Disco Scene” (published by local legend and promoter Joe Mayo) and the gay community publication “The Aloha Times” that have numerous mentions and stories about my time as a DJ in Waikiki. I can send you copies. I have copies of “Letters to the Editor” of the Star Bulletin that I wrote concerning disco. I was a guest writer for “Disco Scene” and had my own column. In Vol 2 No 9 January, ’79 I wrote a detailed article about the history of Disco at that time in Waikiki and I gave credit to Jo Anne at Rex’s for starting the entry into the straight club scene in Waikiki. Ron …if you read how he plays down being a disco deejay….was probably a “wannabe” and never made it. Common sense tells us that if we are to believe his side then if he was so knowledgeable about that era…with all I have mentioned I did and can prove…how could he not have heard of me. I have letters from radio stations in Honlululu..KPOI and KKUA. Radio legends “Wili Moku” from KORL and Tony Taylor from KIKI were on my Disco panel that judged the first Honlulu Disco Awards held 23 Feb ’79 at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel on Kapahulu. Joe Mayo and  “Disco Scene”. Ron Wiley (noted radio jock was also a friend). According to a copy of my “Dancing in Paradise” newsletter in Jan ’79 the members of my Pacific Independent DJ Assoc. included Monty Monroe (The Tomato), Rian Neves (Spat’s), Tonya Sullivan/Scott Hagmaier (Bobby McGee’s), Anna Ujvari (Annabelles), Kalani Whitmarsh (Parrot House), Robert Aquino/Rick Mayo (Da Sting),  Bryon Bryant (Second Floor in Kailua), Jimmy Gunn (Fast Eddies) and at least a dozen mobile jocks. These were the DJ’s spinning at that time.

          • August 2, 2016 at 1:56 am


            I added the names of the Deejays to each place you mentioned respectively. Where was the Parrot House, and what kind of club was it? Or was it a restaurant?

            I didn’t realize Bobby McGee’s was a restaurant. I always thought it was just a club. Bobby McGee’s closed right around when Restaurant Row became popular in the late 80s, and all the Bobby’s and overall (younger) Waikiki club crowd migrated to Studebakers and Black Orchid (owned by Tom Selleck) in Restaurant Row. Cilly’s in Waikiki closed several years after that as well, barely holding on to the hip hop crowd.

            Speaking of deejaying, I was listening to the Eddie Trunk show (a rock show) on K-Rock recently, and the musician he was interviewing said it still blows his mind how Deejays today are becoming so successful, coming to the stage with nothing more than a laptop. And here his band is still “lugging around” guitars and drum sets. lol

            Again, mahalo Rollow for all the knowledge you’ve been sharing on 70s disco in Hawaii!

            I’m going to hit YouTube now and watch dance clip reruns from Saturday Night Fever. Stayin’ Alive! lol

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