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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

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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 / currently Lojax
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
Arirang
– Kaheka Street, Kaka’ako (located downstairs of the Professional Center) / 70s to early 80s era *contributed by Black Kane
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 
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
Bambooze Sports Lounge – Waikiki Gateway Hotel, Waikiki / formerly Nick’s Fishmarket; sports bar, also featuring pub grub, billiards and dancing
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
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.
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 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
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 *contributed in part by 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 / currently
Canton Puka – International Marketplace, Waiklp club / currently a tattoo parlor
Captain Nemo’s – Waikiki / features / current *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
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
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 / currently
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 / previously Ernie’s, featuring local bands / currently  *contributed by 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 / 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 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
Dominic’s Rock & Roll Clinic – at the edge of Waikiki / rowdy crowd / currently
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
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
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 / *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  
Gars – near The Picadilly / 1974/75 era? It was on the penthouse floor of building? *contributed by Jeana
“Gay 90’s” – McCully/Kalakaua? / Home of Sassafras, Gold Rush, etc. *contributed by mr. crabnuts
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 – downtown / “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 / currently *contributed by KeithF
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
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
Hush Boutique Nightclub – Hawaiian Monarch, Waikiki / intimate nightclub / currently
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.
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
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
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  / preceded The WAVE Waikiki; after-hours competition for The TOMATO (across the street, next to Al Phillips The Cleaner) *contributed by webrunner
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.
Lollipop Lounge – Beachwalk, Wakiki / features / currently
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 / It was an Italian restaurant and turned into an after hours dance club that was busy from 1:30-4:00am. Wasn’t open for very long *contributed by Samurai
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
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; currently
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
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
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 – Old Waialae Rd. / gentlemen’s club / currently
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
Parrot House – location / Kalani Whitmarsh was DJ *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
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 OneIlikai 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 
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
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
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
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 Rooster – Duke Lane/Kuhio Ave,behind International Market Place / mostly African-American clientele, however some locals would chance ‘um; glad we did because most of the time was pretty much fun *contributed by Phil
Red Vest – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / features / 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 – See the next entry —\/
Rex’s & Eric’s – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki (where Scruples was; currently Play Bar) / 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 *contributed by 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 – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / co-owned by David Shutter / currently Play Bar
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
Sir John’s – nearby the old KITV & KHON studios / features / currently
Slammers Bar & Grill – Kalakaua Ave. / features / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
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
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.
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
Swing Club, The – Hotel St. / 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 *contributed by Wahiniguy
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
Tomato, The – Waikiki (next to Al Phillips the Cleaners) / 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
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 / alternative lifestyle bar and club / previously Hamburger Mary’s; currently
Tropics Cafe Bar and Lounge – Ward Farmers Market, Kaka’ako / happy hour hot spot; ono grindz; live music / currently Real Gastro Pub
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
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 / 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
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 5.09.17

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…

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

224 thoughts on “Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

  • August 1, 2016 at 10:12 am
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    Sorry to dispute your claim of Whisky Willy’s being the first and only all DJ disco of that era.

    And again I quote Billboard September 20, 1975

    Honolulu, — There’s only one “true” discotheque in Hawaii.  It’s a popular rendezvous for dance fans who hear and dance to everything from Frank Sinatra to Minnie Ripperton, in the intriguing setting of Bobby McGee’s Conglomeration, a new restaurant on the far end of Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki.

    Here a Disk Jockey mans a music both, playing oldies as well as top 40 disks.  His introductions are mellow affairs—befitting the somber elegance of the room which draws a mixed clientele of social elite and the young-and-hip.

    One other club in Hawaii – Puck’s Pub, an eatery a stone’s throw from the Univ. of Hawaii, in the Moiliili district – also features a live deejay spinning records.  He does this, however, in-between liver musical sets by a rock band.

    In Hawaii “discos” usually mean a dance room with a rock churning out raucous music amid a bath of flashing lights and mirrored walls.

    There are other popular Hang outs:”

    They go on mention Infinity, and the Point After and after that Whisky Willy’s. Da Sting had already gone down.

    This is what they have to say about Whiskey Willy’s:

    “Whiskey Williy’s formerly Da Sting, is located in the Princes Kaiulani Hotel.  It has been a room with a split personality; one band plays music on the main dance floor, another in adjoining lounge.  Local bands have been featured.”

    Then Captain Nemo’s (Which was managed by Fred Paluso, he later opened up Scruples)

    Foxy Lady Too (Which had sister clubs on the outside islands)

    The Hawaiian hut in the Ala Moana Hotel, the Hula Hut, Waikiki Beef “n” Grog and others.

    In the start all of us basically were fill in for the dead air time between bands as a start.  The Nightclub DJ industry was in it’s infancy and a lot of us were trying to figure it out.  What we did on the Radio did not necessarily translate over to a club.  For one thing, in a Radio Studio you have a lot of time on your hands and can really  concentrate on the task at hand.  In a club, you are front and center.  People are hanging around the booth, making requests, trying to know you as they feel you are someone important, all the while you are trying to do your job which is observing your audience, trying to get a read on the atmosphere, know your songs, queue them up, do some ad lib. You had to keep things moving along. Therefore you constantly made adjustments based on those facts.  It came very easily to me and got boring very fast.  So I got bored very fast, My ego did not need it and I moved on. 

    As far as your claim to being the first DJ in Waikiki Rollow, that is up for serious debate.  And I do not know what DJ (Straight) means, first DJ in a straight club?  Sorry I am confused there.  As far as you keeping a scrap book, good for you.  Resume’s do not count. they are created by a person for that person to look good in a job application as a general rule, so credibility always come into the grey area.

    Sorry if I hurt your feeling by not having any knowledge of you, however why would I want to or need to know about you then? I could  really care less, and to be frank with you there are a lot of other Talent and DJ’s from that time in Hawaii that did not either.  If that is what floats your boat, I am happy for you.  Not my thing.  I did what I did and moved on to bigger and greater things for myself.  You are only as good as the next thing you can do.

    So let’s just end this little squabble and stick to facts we can document from known sources in the industry.

    I still am curious about the owner of the Lava Lava club though.  Can you let us know his name.  Being a little bit of a history buff, it intrigues me.

    Thanks Ron

     

     

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  • August 1, 2016 at 11:07 am
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    How many people remember this

    Elvis landing in Waikiki off the Hilton Hawaiian Helo pad.

     

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  • August 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm
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    You can quote Billboard all you want. Somebody got their facts wrong. Whiskey Willy’s was first then it became Da Sting. I’ve gone on with my life and done great things since. But the truth is important. And you don’t know what you are talking about.

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  • August 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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    Also straight means not gay….As we all know the whole disco movement was started in the gay clubs. In Waikiki it was no different. Gay discos in Waikiki started first in the early ’70’s. Then the straight clubs came after. I was not a talking DJ…..I was a mixer and hi-energy style DJ who kept the floor moving. I used the latest turntables Technics 1200’s. That is why I was such a success at the only gay club I ever worked…Lava Lava.

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    • August 2, 2016 at 2:08 am
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      Rollow,

      Good to know you weren’t a “talking DJ”. Nothing’s more irritating than a  DJ who keeps running their mouth when all you’re trying to do is enjoy the music.

      I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned Hula’s, as you know that “LGBT” bar is still going strong, now located at the end of Waikiki by the Zoo. The old location of Hula’s and Hamburger Mary’s on Kuhio avenue is now a brand new Ritz Carlton Luxury condo (tower 1 completed; 2nd tower under construction). SUPER nice property, with the price tag to go with it.

      Have you ever spun at Rumours in the Ala Moana Hotel? That’s another old school club still going strong.

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      • August 2, 2016 at 8:13 am
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        I mentioned Hula’s …I think just as a piece of Waikiki’s club history and their awesome DJ Rick Lopez. I went there a few times on my off nights, but since I worked 7 nights a week I didn’t have many nights off. The gay and straight clubs even today keep to themselves. I loved the hi-energy of the music at the gay clubs especially Donna Summer….Patti Brooks…….130 BPM and up. Casablanca  Records was the top record label for this stuff. Since I had a dance background..I loved Disco because it was dance music especially for couples to dance together. Today’s popularity of “Dancing with the Stars” is exactly the kind of dancing during the Disco era. Except in the ’70’s they weren’t so “stilted” as ballroom dancing with pros. That is why after a while the “Rock & Rollers” turned against disco. They couldn’t dance…just head bangers with two left feet.I never worked at “Rumours” tho I have a faint memory of it. During that time there was a place called the “Latin Villa” that was away from Waikiki.

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  • August 2, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    Tom Selleck may have been an investor, but he wasn’t ‘the

    owner’.  I believe the principal owner was Pat Bowlin (sp?) who also

    owned Nick’s Fishmarket and the Denver Broncos.

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    • August 2, 2016 at 9:33 am
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      I believe Tom Selleck was an investor in the Black Orchid, a restaurant,  which was located in what is now called Restaurant Row.

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      • August 2, 2016 at 10:02 am
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        Here’s the whole story on the Black Orchid….

        http://archives.starbulletin.com/2008/07/06/news/heckathorn.html

        Why the fuss? Tom Selleck.

        Just finishing up “:Magnum, P.I.,” embarking on a film career that everyone anticipated would be more illustrious than it turned out, Selleck owned a part of the restaurant, as did Magnum co-star Larry Manetti.

        The real money came from Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and restaurateur Randy Schoch. “Selleck and Larry weren’t really owners,” recalls Schoch. “We just gave them some stock to use their names.”

        “At the time, they were powerful names. “That night you couldn’t rent a tux in Honolulu,” recalls Schoch, “or a limo. And we rented out all the upscale Porta-Potties in town.”

        “Carl Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys flew in. Dolly Parton sent a video. “Tony Curtis was there,” recalls Schoch, “plus all the usual suspects from around town.”

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        • August 2, 2016 at 10:34 am
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          Very nice, I never saw that story.  Only the talk around town that Selleck was a part owner.  I vaguely recall the other people mentioned as owners having something to do with Nick’s Fish Market and the Restaurant Club that used to be where “Signatures” is now at the top of the Ala Moana Hotel.  Not sure if that is correct, however I believe it is.

           

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          • August 2, 2016 at 11:02 am
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            Ron,

            Hmmm, I Don’t recall Restaurant Club being atop Ala Moana Hotel, where it’s now Signature Steak & Seafood. Must have been before my time.

            Long before Signature (that space atop Ala Moana Hotel was vacant for a long time), it was Aaron’s, owned by Tri-Star Restaurant Group. Before that it was Nicholas Nickolas, both fine dining restaurants. BTW, Signature’s wet-aged steak is STELLAR! As good as BLT Steak (Trump tower Waikiki) in my opinion.

          • August 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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            Wasn’t the first La Ronde atop Ala Moana building? Took a date there. Punahou girl.

          • August 2, 2016 at 10:10 pm
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            Pat. Ironic you mentioned thst.  I just saw an old advertisement for that.  You are correct.  I believe it was taken over by an insurance company for office space and they froze it as far as rotating .

          • August 3, 2016 at 2:02 am
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            Pat,

            La Ronde was atop the Ala Moana Office Building, located at the center-mauka side of the mall parking structure, next to the ramp coming up from “Koreamoku” street. Interestingly, La Ronde was the first revolving restaurant in the US . Which makes it all the more tragic that nobody wanted to keep the revolving restaurant in business, as Ron mentioned,with the revolving floor now welded stationary, and it converted to (vacant) office/storage space. Thankfully we have Top of Waikiki to take its place. Still, that’s such a waste of a premium view overlooking the Ala Moana/Kaka’ako area.

            That said, you had the office building in the middle confused with Ala Moana Hotel, which is on the Diamond Head end of Ala Moana Center,  and home now to Signature Steak & Seafood on the top,  as well as Rumours in the lobby.

  • August 2, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    My description is off calling it a Restaurant club, sorry and I was referring to Nickolas Nickolas, they did try a brief stint as a club,  not sure of the outcome.

    A side note, my wife love’s the Steak Tartars (Spl?) at Signatures.  I never went to it when it was Aaron’s.

    Also has anyone mentioned the club David Schutter and Fred Peluso (Spl?) had on Ala Moana Blvd just down and across the street from the Ilikai hotel towards Waikiki.  I believe it was called the Hot Rod or something like that.  HotRod Car theme.  Very unique and Short lived.  David was a high profile defense lawyer in those days and we all knew Fred with his love of Panteras.

     

     

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    • August 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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      Ron,

      Not sure what happened with this comment, but I have to copy-paste it from email moderation:

      Ron Skates said,

      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

      <cite>www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Billboard/70s/…/Billboard%201977-10-29.pdf</cite>

       “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.

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  • August 7, 2016 at 4:00 am
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    Thanks for this list. I know it a few years old and hope someone can help. 1947 to 1955 my uncles John and Bill Furtado owned a bar — Kalihi Tavern — at1924 N King Street. Anyone know it? Got photos?Mahalo, Bob

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  • August 7, 2016 at 9:41 am
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    Pomai….I’ll be in Honolulu in 3 weeks. Would like to get together to discuss the ’70’s in Honolulu. I will bring materials to help us with your blog and facts about that era. I’m having a meeting with entertainment writer John Berger of the Advertiser. He’s interested in doing a story about those days. Should be fun!! Need contact info.

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  • August 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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    Ok, I will start this thread off with the definition of Disco from the Merriam Webster Dictionary. 
     
    Full Definition of disco
     
    Plural
     
    discos
     
    1 :  a nightclub for dancing to live and recorded music
     
    1.  2 :  popular dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythm, repetitive lyrics, and electronically produced sounds
     
    I used to think that The Point After was the 1st Disco in Waikiki.  I will amend that statement based on this article written by Wayne Harada in Billboard Magazine on November 14th, 1970.  The Point After was the first successful and one of the longest running Disco/Night Clubs in Waikiki in the 70’s and going into the 80’s. 
     
    Hawaii Is Caught In a Club Slump (Billboard 11-14-70)
     
    By WAYNE HARADA
    HONOLULU — They’re singing “Blues in the Night” out Waikiki way, because business is way, way down.
    “It’s bad,” one club spokesman said of the slack in winingand-dining spending. “The worst slump since Statehood,” said another. The situation is dismal —at least until the Christmas holiday, when more tourists will be in Waikiki.

     
    Here’s the situation:
    * Several clubs are up for sale—including Gene’s Port of Paradise, which opened less than three months ago within the Waikiki Biltmore complex. It was to have been Sterling Mossman’s “home.”
    * A few clubs already have changed hands—like the New Frontier, a country room; and the Jade East Lounge, a discotheque-bar.
    * More clubs are opening—The Departure is a new dance room in the Ala Moana Hotel, the Kahili Bar reopened its doors within the Princess Kaiulani complex, another discotheque is on the drawing boards at Denny’s in Waikiki.
    * One chain, Spencecliff, is toying with the possibility of shutting down two operations, the Waikiki Beef ‘n’ Grog, and the Merry Monarch, on week nights—and open only on weekends.

     
    * Hotels are trying to beef up entertainment slates to lure more local residents to the clubs —and are succeeding, in certain instances.
     
       * Even the Don Ho show is playing to less-than-full houses at the Cinerama Reef Towers Hotel where localities can take advantage of a $3 savings by presenting the voting receipt from the State’s primary election.
    Duke Kahanamoku’s has been successful in getting the Hawaiians in to see John Bowles, a part-Maori singer.
    The Outrigger Hotel’s trying to maintain momentum with a series of solid bookings. The Surfers and Sonny Charles were recent co-headliners, followed by Beverlee & Sidro with the Sneakers and the Surfers. Mike Hickey, who buys talent for the room, also is set to open Dick Jensen Oct. 27, and plans to book the Reycards and Jimmy Darren in November. Then the Society of Seven, the “resident” group in the room, return for the holiday season.
    “All of us in Waikiki are beginning to realize that we have to turn to the local people for support year-round,” said Hickey. And that means we’ve got to keep our prices stable.

     
    Erratic entertainment charges are never effective.”
     
    My amended comment is that The Point After was the first Successful Disco in Waikiki.  It opened in early 1972 to late 1971.  I offer as proof the following article published in the Valley news Van Nuys California, Sept 29, 1972 announcing Stan Richards Promotion to VP.
     
    Stan Richards Appointed AITS Vice President
     
      R. L. KrakofI. president of American International Travel Service, has announced the appointment of Stan Richards as a vice president of AITS. Richards will continue in his present post as president of AITS’ restaurant division, Associated I n keepers Inc., with headquarters in Beverly Hills.
     
     AIT operates The Point After clubs in Honolulu. Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles and the Plantation restaurants.
     
    In Waikiki, the Disco’s all started with live music, usually a two band format.  The DJ’s came a little later when club management realized there was “Dead Air” time, meaning people were not dancing, and therefore the tempo of the club was losing its energy, people were not drinking and partying as much, therefore revenue was dropping off between sets.  The Point After was started this in Waikiki.
     
    It was an interesting time in Waikiki in those days.  The Point After started the era in Waikiki most of it under Stan Richards, Lee Afuvai, and Frances. 
     
     
     

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    • August 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm
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      In BillBoard Magazine dated October 11, 1975 Wayne Harada of Honolulu wrote the following article about the start of DJ’s in the Waikiki Disco Scene.  The Point After had been doing this for a while before this article.

       

      Recorded Music Taking Over In
      4 Honolulu Clubs

      By WAYNE HARADA

      HONOLULU—Four more Wai­kiki discos have emerged. Experi­menting with a format of recorded music. Two of the four also program live bands.

      Bobby McGee’s Conglomeration had been Waikiki’s only restaurant with a true disco format, wherein a deejay mans a booth and spins records for dancers.

      Four other clubs have switched to a record policy—with two estab­lished dance rooms alternating live music with platters. The latest switches include:

      The Point After in the Ha­waiian Regent Hotel, with a one-band, one-deejay format. The band is Union Pacific. The switch to a record policy ends a four-year tra­dition of two bands providing back-to-back music.

      CSB, acronym for C’est Si Bon at the Pagoda Restaurant and Hotel just outside Waikiki, also has a rec­ords and band policy. Powerhouse provides the in-person sounds.

      Rex & Eric’s, a restaurant on Kuhio Ave. near the International Market Place, now programs re­corded music.

      Nick’s Fish market, a restaurant in the Waikiki Gateway Hotel on Kalakaua Ave, also has installed a dance floor and utilizes the services of a jock spinning disks.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 12:49 am
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    Just a side note here.  People keep calling the club on the Ewa/McCully corner as The Tomato, it was The Stuffed Tomato.  At one time they had Sonny Geraci and Climax (Precious and Few) playing there.

    Also Dale Machado played there with one of the band’s, some of you local folks may recognize him as a longtime engineer for KGMB/ KSSK.  

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  • August 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm
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    Pomai…….I’ll be there in Honolulu in a week. How can I contact you?

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    • August 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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      Rollow – awhile back you mentioned the Merry Monarch was one of your hangouts in ’68. Mine as well. I was Navy and left the island near Christmas of that year. What was the name of the band that played there all that year? They played soul covers, had a trumpet player.

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  • August 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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    Rollow, check your email. ;-)

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  • August 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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    When I first started going out to the dance clubs in the early 70’s the only club to go to was the “Point After”.  As noted in Billboard Magazine “Hawaii Is Caught In a Club Slump (Billboard 11-14-70)”, the Hawaii night club business was in a slump.  One of the, if not the first clubs to start to bring life back to Waikiki was The Point After which was actually a Mainland company with a number of clubs in not only Honolulu, also Boston, San Francisco, L.A., and I believe Texas somewhere. 
     
    Because of this they had a better handle on the latest Music/Dance/Fads on the mainland.  So this club helped set the pace.  Also unlike a lot of other Clubs, The Point After was strictly a Night Club, where a lot of others to follow were Dinner / Nightclubs and or Lounge / Nightclubs.  Stan Richards eventually became president of the operation, with Lee Afuvai as the Club Manager, Francis was the assistant Manager and his right hand, Rick “Ricky” Kahalehau was a Host and later also one of the DJ’s, Herbert “Herbie” Vina also later worked there.
     
    At first the format was two live bands playing back to back. The Point rotated the bands between all their clubs here and on the mainland.  The one’s I remember the most were “Union Pacific” and “Crystal Clear”.  Later they would start bringing in local bands into the rotation. 
     
    As stated by Aura a local Hawaii Band on their web site:
     
    In December 1975, Stan Richards walks into The Sting at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel to take a “peek” at the “off night” band; they call themselves The Nomads and he was told that they were a very good R ‘n B band. He walks around the disco just once and leaves. The band, although disappointed, hopes for the best because, after all, Stan Richards is the owner of The Point After – the hottest disco in Honolulu with sister clubs in Seattle, Dallas, Boston and Anchorage. They try to optimistic but realize that there has never been a “local” act hired to perform in that club – only bands from the continental U.S. circulate between the sister clubs – and even if they are hired only to do the “off night” gig it would be a stepping stone for bigger things
     
    Much to their, Mr. Richards decides to have them perform at The Point After in Dallas, Texas for two months, beginning January 1976. Although hoping to land a spot in the Honolulu club, this is still a big break…and there’s the excitement of traveling to unknown territory! The band does so well there, Stan decides to but the gig short and bring them “home” to perform in the Honolulu club. Wayne Harada, entertainment columnist of The Honolulu Advertiser, writes “this is history in the making…the first local act to play that room”. The group went on to receive numerous awards from Honolulu’s entertainment industry, year after year, for their superb talent and ability to “pack the room”.
     
     
     
    Back in the beginning a Discotheque or Disco meant a dance club.  Later it became to symbolize more with a Disk Jockey (DJ) playing the music.  Around 73 or 74 Lee approached me about an experiment they were doing on the mainland. Instead of using two bands they were setting up a “DJ” or “Disk Jockey” booth.  The idea was to use a “DJ” and only one live band.  The objective was to keep the pace going on the dance floor instead of the dead time between sets.  Since I was interning at a local station and had been a “DJ” ever since I was a kid overseas, he asked me if I would help them out with the experiment.  I did and it was a success.  To my knowledge this was the first “DJ” in Waikiki.  Later a lot of other clubs came up and followed its pattern. Clubs like Infinity, Captain Nemo’s Spats, Valentino’s, Rex and Eric’s, The Sting and many others.  The first real Disco in Waikiki by the definition of music being played by just a DJ was Bobbie McGee’s and I believe that was a mainland operation mostly because it is referred to as a conglomerate. 
     
    Being a DJ in those days is a lot different that it is now.  Basically besides a good sound system, you have two or more turntables with a mixer, a mic and possibly some tape machines or cart’s.  You figure out a play list based on the current dance hits, cue them up play them with no dead air time and ad lib some as you go.  It was not that easy however it was not rocket science either.  You make adjustments based on requests and how your audience is dancing.  You have your groupies and those people who always think they can do it.  And are willing to do it for free, just to get the attention and limelight. 
     
    It is not something you were going to get paid a lot to do in those days.  That is why I moved on quickly Ricky picked up after me.  It was not going to be a carrier and I got bored, I needed to do something that was going to make a difference, being a DJ was not.  So I moved on to a much more rewarding and meaningful carrier, never looking back.  
     
    Where being a musician people will remember the song you wrote or how you played it and how in made an impression on them and possibly affected them. As a DJ once they left the club I doubt they even remember what you played.  Of course occasionally a club would buy advertising in one of the local magazines and in turn get an article written about it.  However like ashes in the wind once it is read it is gone. 
     
    I have never heard of a differentiation between a straight or gay DJ unless maybe someone was referring to their sexual orientation.  It was a job and you played where you were paid.  As far as who was the first DJ in Waikiki, I do not believe any of us were really aware of each other at the different clubs unless we actually went to them.  So that could be considered a debatable subject. 
     
    That being said, I meet some wonderful people and made some lifelong friends.  I learned some valuable lessons about people and life.  Would I do it again?  Lee Afuvai stopped by my business in the mid 80’s and asked be about a club that was starting up and if I would be interested in doing it again.  I respectfully declined. 
     
    There are still 70’s and 80’s nightclub reunions in town featuring the local bands.  I hope people who have interest in this sort of things attend them. I know the people who create them and some who attend them.  From what I hear they are well received.
     
    It was a different time, the Vietnam war had wound down, the free love and hippie era of acid rock was pretty much winding down.  The era of where people did not care how they looked and smelled (hippie) era was gone, now we were buying disco suits, Polyester shirts, Platform boots, growing our hair long, however getting it styled. We dressed to impress. The Hare Krishna was all over Waikiki with their drums and cymbals. 
     
     Instead of the VW van’s we wanted cars people noticed us in.  Instead of free style “dancing” now people were practicing their moves and choreographing.  (Here I fell flat on my face).
     
    Waikiki was different also.  Kalakaua was two way street at first until late 71 or 72.  The Hyatt was at first a dilapidated hotel called the Biltmore before they imploded it and Chris Hemmeter built what we now know as the Hyatt (74-75). 
     
    Where the Outback Steakhouse is now used to be a Gas Station.  There used to be a topless bar at Kalakaua and Beachwalk called the Lollipop.  The Hale Koa Hotel was nowhere like it is today
     
    A lot of the military guys who wanted to blend in with everyone used to wear wigs.  During a short time the Honolulu Police Department actually made the Transvestites and Transsexuals wear a button that read “I am a boy” if they didn’t they threatened them with arrest for something, crazy. 
     
    Most of the night clubs like the Point After closed at 2 AM because they had what was called a Cabaret License so we went to the Wailana for food and later to Egg’s and Things on Kalakaua
     
    Captain Nemo’s became literally underwater a few times from the rain. 
     
    People do not mention the Shorebird much, however that has been around for a while.
     
    Everyone knew about Hulas and that fantastic Banyan tree with the lights. And practically everyone I know went there and had a good time, straight and gay.  Everyone was welcome.  The Hamburgers that were served next to it were famous. Later, Jack Law and one of the Magon’s opened the Wave, a New Wave Club, very progressive at the time.
     
    Bottom line is in those days people may have had a home base club, however they would always go check out the other clubs. It was just a different time an innocent time and a great time I will never forget.
     

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    • December 16, 2016 at 11:10 am
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      Hello, Ron. My name is Debbie Anderson. I had to reply to you, because I was part of the the disco scene in Waikiki, too. And, like you, I have wonderful memories of the time. I was a dj at Rex & Erics and at Valentinos. This was at the same time that Rick Mayo was spinning at Infinity and James was at Spats.

      I vividly remember the backgammon room at Rex’s, and would play there as often as I could. Rex’s brought in the celebrities at the time. I met Mark Spitz in the backgammon room, Wilt Chamberlin at the disco, etc. And, the food at Rex’s was fantastic.There was always a line to get in, but because I was a regular (& dj), they would let us right in.

      When I wasn’t djing, after Rex’s closed at 2, we would catch a taxi to Valentinos because they were open until 4. . Beautiful disco. Saw David Bouie there (I remember he was wearing pale pink leather shoes). They had my picture in one of those Waikiki entertainment magazines. I still have it.

      Rick Mayo was a friend & dance partner. We danced at the Brother Johnson concert and at Spats when Cher was at the club.

      I read your posts and Rollow’s posts, and have no idea who or what was the first. But, this I do know….the 70’s disco scene in Waikiki was a memorable time of my life. I met a lot of good people and will never forget how magical it all was. I hope it was the same for you.

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      • December 16, 2016 at 11:35 am
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        I agree, Debbie.  At that time it was “New” territory.  What we were doing had basically never been done before and we were making it up as we went.  It was not like we had any past information on what worked or not.

        We had to just figure it out.  And it was fun.  Where you and Rollow were also dancers. I was not.

        All of the clubs had “celebrities”.  It was an interesting time.  During that period, we were not the Rock Stars that DJ’s are now. however we paved the way for them.

        As far as who was first, as I told Rollow, does it really matter?  In reality were did it parallel in time and really were not that aware of each other, so we will never know.

        Me I shied away from publicity.  I did not really like the limelight, even when I did TV commercials, I did not like the recognition.  That is why I went another direction.  I like my privacy.

         

         

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  • August 27, 2016 at 4:51 am
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    Opus One – in the Ilikai Hotel. Group called the Insights played there. Rene & Akemi Paulo with their talented family performed there too.

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    • August 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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      Didn’t the society of seven play at the Ilikai in late 60’s early 70’s

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      • August 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm
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        S.O.S played at the Outrigger show room back then.  It is now the Blue Note Jazz club and has been totally reconfigured.

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        • August 31, 2016 at 8:16 am
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          Sonny Charles and the Checkmates also played the Outrigger Showroom in the ’70’s.

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  • September 10, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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    70’s-84, I visited these establishments (BARS)..That is not listed:

    Arirang, located downstairs, Professional Center on Kaheka St.

    Green Villa, located on Kapiolani Blvd.

    Green Chateau, Located on Sheridan St.

    Club Joyce, Located on Beretania in front of Mida’s

    Update for: Harbor Light, the location side street of the Old Honolulu Iron works,

    next to Surf Boards Hawaii, Surf Billiards.

     

     

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    • October 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm
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      I was a member of three piece folk group named “Brandywine”. We played the row’s Nest for a year in 1970-1971. We were replaced by the infamous Blue Kangaroo, who had just closed their club in Kaimuki (where the paintball range is on the mauka side between 12th and 11th.  It was great fun, with peanuts in a barrel that you could shuck and drop the floor. That practice was sopped when the fire marshal came to visit and reported that it was a fire hazard! It really cut into business!  We sang folk music such as the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, etc.  The founder, Dave Heffner, died about four years ago, but I and Russ Donelly  are still keeping on in Honolulu. Another interesting tidbit is that when I started to sing at the Crow’s Nest I had to get special dispensation from the Liquor Commission as I was underage (17). That meant they had to have a place for me to go between sets where there was no alcohol and I couldn’t mingle with the customers.

       

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  • November 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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    HI, Just one thing, as far as I know “The Round House” was at

    Pearl Ridge under “Anna Miller’s”.  I believe it is now “Bravo”.

    I used to work at Pearl Ridge in the 70s.

    Mahalo,

    Malia

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  • December 18, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    Wow…great thread. We’d like to add the following from our experiences from late 1985 thru early 1989:

    Key Largo in the back of what now seems to be the Aqua Pacific Monarch hotel.  Uluniu & Prince Edward Street. This was our local.  Na Kane Pono was the combo that played great local kine music.  Fair share of hookers & drug dealers.  The large gentlemen sitting in the back always looked out for me…made sure I wasn’t putting myself at risk as a young girl out on her own.

    The Shorebird, aka The Scorebird.  Cook your own dinner and pick up a chick while you’re at it.  Near Fort De Russy.

    Lewers Street Annex.  Meat market for the dudes from Pearl.

    Red Lion in the half basement.  On Lewers.  I wouldn’t go in with my husband…too claustrophobic.

    We’re trying to remember the place on Kuhio.  Wanna say “Streamers.”  Something like that.  Half basement on the mauka side of the street.  Bouncer, but no cover.  Free pupu buffet for a two drink minimum.  We’d make this our first stop.  Buy one drink and eat fast while dodging the waitress.  Had a dance floor with colored light blocks.

    Waikiki Beach Broiler.  In a hotel.  A band did a medley of covers that we all had memorized and sang along.  Didn’t have a cabaret license so no dancing allowed.  We “Butt Danced” in our chairs.

    The really crap hole dive bar the size of a closet in our apartment/hotel building Kuhio Village Resort.  Whole place was a dump.

    My husband & I met in 1986 at the Rose & Crown pub.  King’s Alley. Singalong piano.

    No Name Bar in Kailua.  Dancing.  Flaming shots.

    Compadres Waikiki. Was it on Kuhio?  Often started there.  Beer, chips & salsa.

    Thanks for the memories ;-)

    Joan & Dave

     

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    • December 18, 2016 at 11:28 am
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      Joan (and Dave) and DJ (Debbie) Anderson,

      Your contributions have all been added to the list. Mahalo! Awesome stuff!

      Joan, I even added your unnamed “Really Crap Hole Dive Bar” to the list. LOL!
      Next time you visit Oahu, you should visit Chinatown near Downtown Honolulu. You’ll still find a few of them “really crap hole dive bars” there. lol

      Note, Shorebird Waikiki is still in business, so that hasn’t been added. This list is only for those that are no longer around. My old roommate (from YEARS ago) used to be a bartender at Shorebird. Rick Hopkins was his name. This was like in the late 80s to early 90s.

      I have a picture of Rollow Mickle from his younger years that he shared with me on a recent trip here. I’ll post it once I dig it up.

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      • December 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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        Ron Skates and DJ (Debbie) Anderson,

        Here’s a few photos of Rollow Mickle from the 1970s, which he shared with me on a recent trip here on Oahu…


        Rollow Mickle the Disco DJ in Waikiki circa 1970s

        In the photo above, Rollow is the one in the black suit. That’s a modeling photo. And no, Rollow is not gay. He was married to a beautiful local girl (and I seen her picture; she was SMOKIN’ HOT!) during the 1970s “disco era, who was also his dance partner. He said they won lots of disco dance contests together at the local clubs. IIRC, Rollow was in the Marines stationed at Kaneohe Marine Base, then when got out started doing the whole Disco DJ thing in Waikiki.

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  • December 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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    Pomai…It was great to spend time with you at “Hula’s” when I was in Honolulu this past summer. I hope more people will share their memories on your web page and we can remember the clubs and DJ’s who have never been honored for all they did for the Disco era. I will return in a few years to write a book about that time and my experiences. I encourage all to share what they know. Thanks again for this space to get together and remember those great days.

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  • December 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm
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    Dj Anderson,

    It really does not matter who was first, all symantecs.

    All that mattersis we all had memorable times.  It was such a different time coming from the Hard Rock era.  I met my Wife around 73, when I was DJing at The Point After.  Frankly I did not have time to frequent other clubs. The only club I did go to if I had time was Infinity in the Sheraton.

    I remember when Chuckie Marsland was killed, very sad.  Frankly if Lee Afuvai had not asked me to do it, i wouldn’t have.

    It was a fun time, I had been doing some backup work at a local Radio Station, thought i would do some modeling (Hated it) and did the talent for some local companies commercials (  Hated it worse). My heart was just not that into it and moved on.

    For me it turned out well, even though it took about 30 some odd years for my wife to get together and married, if it had not been for The Point After, we may never have met.

     

     

     

     

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  • December 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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    I didnt’t notice the Shorebird on the list it was known for having the longest running bikini contest on Sundays i think… located right on the beach Ilikai hotel in Waikiki I dj’d there & 3D’s The Squids were a frequent live band also stated in radio at KIKI, KPIG, etc lot’s of good times and great people..

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  • December 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    In 1970 UH rented out 7 floors of the Royal Prince Hotel Apts, 415 Nahua St.,

    right behind the Int’l Marketplace, and sublet it to students. The Cock and Bull

    was in the lobby and catered to an older kamaaina crowd. That first year we

    watched the action spill out into the parking lot behind the arcade of the I.M. from

    the Power House and a nightclub, the Red Vest?, across from each other.

    The Outrigger West was being constructed and the Red Lion Pizza Parlour,

    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.

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  • December 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm
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    There may have well been two bars where patrons could watch the underwater

    antics of the tourists, but I’m sure Davy Jones Locker was in the Outrigger Hotel on

    the beach across from the International Marketplace. They offered free popcorn.

    The bartender told us there used to be a diving board in the pool above but they

    had to remove it when two piece bathing suits became the norm. He also told of a

    honeymoon couple unaware they were entertaining the crowd.

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  • December 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    In the early 70’s I remember a club called Alice’s Restaurant perhaps in the Reef

    Hotel. It may have been an early incarnation of The Point After. I had borrowed my

    roommate’s I.D.. I was a haole from New Jersey; my roommate was a haole from

    Pahala on the Big Island. Just my luck, the Hawaiian bouncer lit up when he saw

    my ID. “I’m from Pahala!” and asked me if I remembered… . He let me in anyway.

     

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  • February 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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    I guess I’m going too far back…but Betty Reilly’s Copacabana was THE nightclub in Honolulu for years! I went there, I knew Betty (who moved to the mainland–San Fernando Valley–after she closed the club and retired), and I even booked some acts from the mainland in her club.

    It makes me sad to see that no one even knew enough to add the club to this (and other lists) but that’s apparently my job :-)

    I just stumbled upon this site which has a picture of the club with attribution:

    Joe Castro, Darrell Bradshaw, Chet Burchfield, Betty Reilly’s Copacabana, March or April 1964 (Chet Burchfield Collection)

    Scroll about 2/3 of the way down to see it here on this very interesting website:

    https://www.joecastrojazz.com/chapter6

    –Linda

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  • May 9, 2017 at 1:14 am
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    I won’t forget “Swinging” Dick Jenson and Da Swamp men @ Da Swamp 1963

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