With a cast of 75 dancers and 8 musicians performing 600 shows globally each year, we
are among the largest and
highest-booked of any Hawaiian Entertainment company in the
world. In the Chicago region,
the Barefoot Hawaiian performs more luau, Hawaiian, and
Polynesian shows than all other entertainment
With more than 42 years experience
and a reputation recognized
world-wide, we strive in showmanship, performance,
professionalism, and service to be second to no other in
the Hawaiian entertainment industry.
Whether you need a
single Hula girl to perform a 1-hour show for your
small, private backyard luau, or you need a 3-hour
full Polynesian Revue with a cast of hundred for a
city luau, or you need any possible
combination in between, you have just arrived on the
shores of paradise. Welcome!
As one of the largest Hawaiian entertainment companies on the mainland
and one with a long-term, leading track-record, the
Barefoot Hawaiian specializes in making your
Hawaiian event a success, whether it be your first
or your 100th.
Being the Midwest's leading provider of
entertainment for small luaus, each year we perform hundreds of
one-hula-girl shows for small private parties and
small corporate events. Discover as most do that live
Hawaiian entertainment is affordable and well within
reach. If you're in or near the greater
Chicago region and have that last minute need, we
can often provide one or two person shows with
same or next day service.
For slightly larger
needs, each year we also provide hundreds of
performances with 2 to 5 entertainers.
Let us prepare the perfect package for your event.
Your schedule is our schedule.
Have a beautiful lei
greeter welcome guests as they arrive, Scottie the
with guests or keep the children busy during
cocktails and appetizers, a solo musician perform
before and during dinner, and dancers put on a full
Hawaiian show after, concluding it all with the
spectacular fire knife performance.
The ideal small
entertainment package created to your requirements and
budget is just a phone call away. If you need
something larger, we know no limit.
More information about
our expert service and performers are provided on
the rest of this page. We are ready to hear
25 Professional Hula
Dancers, 25 Professional Tahitian Dancers, and a
team of Professional Samoan Fire-Knife Dancers is just a
sampling of the talent in our Performing Arts
perform all the various forms of Polynesian,
Hawaiian, and Tahitian dance as well as the specialty dances
of neighboring islands. Our 10-member team of
girls that perform the mystifying Maori Poi Balls
of New Zealand, is just one other example.
Every one of our
professionals is trained to perform from solo to a member of a full cast show.
No show is too big or too small.
that covers only our all-professional team.
Available for most public shows are another 50 dancers that comprise our cast of non-professionals.
include 20 adult females (Mohala) and 30 children
(Keiki) ranging in age from 3 to 15 years. These
up-and-coming stars of next generation professionals
are nothing less than entertaining.
is it we perform the majority of luau and Hawaiian shows in the
Midwest? The performance by our dancers is
just the beginning ...
For 32 years, the
Barefoot Hawaiian has had its own band. Today
our band is a 4-member team of musicians multi-talented
in both instrumentation and vocals. The band
specializes in the
melodic Hawaiian hula rhythms and features the enchanting female vocals of
the beautiful Kapela.
the fast pace Oteas of Tahiti our 4-member Tahitian
drum team provides the accompaniment for our
dancers. We have been performing Tahitian drums for
the same 32 years, and we teach the technique in our
If you want
a soloist – whether for the intimate setting or
for an energetic contemporary sound – Jonathan Carreira
will create just the mood you want. If you
want calm and serene, he will perform the
nostalgic and Hawaiian romantic tunes of Don Ho,
Elvis Presley, and many others. If you want
energy with your audience singing along, that is one
of Jonathan's specialties. His strong ukulele
and well-carried vocals will bring up the energy
level in any setting. Or simple tell him to mix
it up, and he will do just that. Jonathan's
proficiency with 8 musical instruments combined with
his vocal delivery in 6 different South Pacific
languages, makes him one of the Midwest's most
versatile and overall talented Hawaiian artists.
Our musicians do
not require a stationary stage or
platform or even need to be near a source of
electricity. We have performed in many parades
on floats where we provide our mobile electronic
equipment and electricity. Wherever you
are having the party, our musicians can be there
performances are done to CD music, and whether your
show is small or large, we provide all our own
equipment as needed. This includes quality systems, speakers, and electronics.
Kapela provides the enchanting female vocals of our band
Members of the Barefoot Hawaiian Band
Soloist Jonathan Carreira
Barefoot Hawaiian performs drumming at a local community show
Scottie, Chicago's most loveable parrot,
can provide the most interactive part of any show.
His job is to mingle with guests, put smiles on their faces, and create those photographic moments and memories that last a lifetime.
Scottie the Parrot TM is
a third-party option for any Barefoot Hawaiian
show. Click here for more information.
Our lei greeters
provide early interaction by welcoming your guests and
getting them into the Hawaiian mood the moment they arrive.
Then during the show, guests of honor, your staff,
or willing volunteers are invited to join us on stage for a quick hula lesson and to show all the rest that fun and laughter truly is the best medicine.
It is important to us
that you do more than watch a show; for it's a
better one when your guests participate in it.
With scores of
professional performers expert in the Hawaiian dance
arts, a band, a drum team, solo musician, tropical
parrot, and lei greeters, one may wonder what else
can there be. Well, there is much more.
We have more
added-value items, options, and extras than we can
We have our own show
emcee, who not only runs the show but explains some
history and trivia associated with the various
As for performance
variety, we refuse to be second to anyone. In
costuming alone, our performers may make as many as
7 costume changes in just one show. Nearly all
costumes are custom made by hand to traditional
In addition to modern
traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian costuming, we also
honor, upon request, specific costuming requirements
all the way to ultra-conservative with minimal skin
exposure. Our performance will be equally
like-minded. The Barefoot Hawaiian, respects
the traditions of all cultures, beliefs, societies,
age groups, and settings.
How about a New
Zealand Warrior with full face-paint and garment
greeting your guests with the traditional New Zealand
warrior welcome? We have him too.
When needed, we have
our own area and spot-lighting. Our performers
are never in the dark such that you can't see them.
Go first-rate with real
flower leis flown in fresh from Hawaii. We can
also equip your entire staff or luau hosting team
with matching Aloha shirts from Hawaii in the sizes
What many consider special requests, we do
From Harpo Studios
right here in Chicago to the Government of China for
a show in Shanghai, the Barefoot Hawaiian has been
selected by and performed for more fortune 500
companies, global corporations, and international
organizations than any other Hawaiian Performing
Arts company in the Midwest.
We have performed for
half-time shows in sporting events, televised parades, and
state fairs. Our dancers have been the
selected dance performers for top Hawaiian musical
The Barefoot Hawaiian
has had uncounted television appearances and
interviews and has been photographed for and written
about in countless newspaper articles.
performers have competed in televised dance contests
and world competitions. We have world-placing
champions and titlists in our cast.
You receive the same
performance that earned this reputation. First-rate
is not optional.
We are committed to
providing you the best value in luau, Hawaiian, and
When you consider our years in
business, experience, professionalism,
variety, extras, and options, you receive the most for your
money from a Barefoot Hawaiian show.
That value goes beyond
a first-rate performance. Everyone who orders
entertainment from us, also receives a 25% discount
for merchandise in our Hawaiian Shop. Buy your
aloha shirts, múumúus, grass skirts, lies, etc.
and save even more.
We are also fully
insured, and although we have never faced a single
claim, you can rest easy that you and your guests are
covered in the event of an unforeseen circumstance.
With everything we
offer, you also save time.
In the final analysis,
it all must work and work well together; otherwise,
it will appear as a bunch of individual dancers
simply thrown together.
To ensure your total
satisfaction with the entire performance, Barefoot
Hawaiian shows are carefully scripted, directed. and
produced, just as you would expect in any fine
Each performance and
act in the show is a choreographed dance routine
synchronized to carefully selected and performed
music. Our dance company is comprised of not just
dancers, but dance teams, leaders, team directors,
and choreographers. Nothing is left to chance when
we take the stage.
Moreover, to keep the
variety fresh, we completely redo the production
every year for our general performance shows. Each year receives new dance routines,
new choreography, new production numbers, and
new music (except for retaining the highly requested
favorites). In short, it's a new show every
For 2015 we are
Polynesion Fusion ~ Shifting Tides
Our shows in previous years have been ...
"Waves, Flowers, and Fires of Polynesia"
Heartbeat of Hawaii"
"Voyage Through the South Pacific"
in Time 25 Years of Aloha"
of the South Pacific"
"This Side of Paradise"
is Reflected in Love"
Even more show options ...
Then, to offer you
even more variety, we have specialty shows such as
our restaurant and lounge performance offerings that are available to
restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, and other similar
special? We can customize
a show specific to your needs for your establishment. Call us today for more
offer other specialty show packages such as our
famous Klub Kane Revue, a dignified and respectable
all-male performance that is certain to
thrill. Learn more about this show on our
Seasonal and Packages page.
Our goal is the
achievement of perfection, our creed is to remain
true to the arts, and our promise to you is one of
dignity and professionalism.
Professional Division dancers perform the private
shows. Each is a top-flight dancer and
performer. Many of them are in our competition team,
which competes each year against other professionals
from around the world at the
World Competition in San Jose and at the World Fire-Knife Competition in Oahu, HI.
Every one of the professionals must maintain a highly rigorous and
demanding training schedule, not only to maintain
their certification as a Barefoot Hawaiian
professional performer, but to improve their skills
as well. And because we have our own school,
we are certain that they do just that. They are not just
dancers, they are athletes.
In addition, you will always be
guaranteed a totally dignified performance. At
no point will any of our performers ever reduce
themselves to something less by a cheap or sleazy gimmick
in their routine. In fact, these are one of
the few requests we must deny.
So whether we
are performing for your church social or for your bachelor
or bachelorette party, you will be assured a
dignified and totally professional performance of
true and authentic artistry.
Even with a reputation that spans oceans, the Barefoot Hawaiian remains a modest, family-owned business that places customer service first.
We cater to your needs
and do the show you desire. Want high
energy? Nostalgic? Relaxed and
easy? Tell us.
Have a special
occasion such as an anniversary requiring a
performance or dedication to a very significant
song? Consider it done. With more than
40 years in entertainment, we have experience with just
about every request imaginable. You will not
simply hear a "yes" from us, but can relax
in knowing that the result will be as you dreamed it
So whether you want one hula-girl to perform for your backyard luau or need a full-cast Polynesian show to entertain a hundred-thousand visitors to your state fair, you will always receive world-class professionalism with the highest in personalized service and attention.
It all comes with a smile.
Revised May 13, 2015)
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Select extension #1 for our 24-hour,
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