With a cast of 16 dancers and 2 musicians performing
many shows each year, we
are the leader in Hawaiian Entertainment in the Chicago
With 49 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 larger
show with a cast of a dozen 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
in the Midwest 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
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 many 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
16 Professional Hula
Dancers, 16 Professional Tahitian Dancers, and one Professional Samoan Fire-Knife
Dancer 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 team of girls 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 many public shows are additional dancers that comprise our cast of non-professionals.
include 5 adult females (Mohala) that dance for fun.
They 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 39 years, the
Barefoot Hawaiian has had its own band. Today
our band consists of two musicians multi-talented
in both instrumentation and vocals.
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
Best of all, you can
book only our band if all you need is live music for
your event, or you can book our band as part of a
complete show with dancers and other options such as
performances or even larger ones where you don't
want or need a live band are performed to
pre-recorded music by major music artists, whether
Hawaiian or otherwise. And whether your
show is small or large, we provide all our own
equipment as needed. This includes quality systems, speakers, and electronics.
important, all music you will hear at your event,
whether performed by our band or pre-recorded is
played under license. See our licensing note
at the bottom of this page. This is
particularly important if you are hiring the
Barefoot Hawaiian to perform at a public show.
You can rest easy knowing you will not get that
threatening notice from ASCAP or other licensing
authority charging you a high fee for having
copyrighted music played or performed at your event
without the rights to do so. Check with other
companies you might also be looking at. You
might find we are the only one playing licensed
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 more than a dozen
professional performers expert in the Hawaiian dance
arts, a band, 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 that 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.
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.
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.
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 2022 we are
Return of Paradise"
Our shows in previous years have been ...
in the Sun"
(People, Places, Stories)
(Journey to Hawaii)
"ALOHA! The Beat Goes On..."
"Polynesion Fusion ~ Shifting Tides"
"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
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
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
49 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
dozen for a larger 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 August 18, 2022)
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Music Licensing - Legal Notice
music performed live by our band or pre-recorded (CD or
digital) music played at performances or used during dance
classes are properly and legally licensed through the
National FastDance Association. The Barefoot
Hawaiian, by being properly licensed, supports and believes all
musicians and artists be deservingly compensated for their
artistry and for the use of their music.
music piracy by hiring only properly licensed musicians and dance