The following appeared in the Trib-Local  (TL15 - covering Des Plaines) – August 18, 2009, page 14  (Heading: Trib Local Photos)

Barefoot Hawaiian brings
paradise to Des Plaines

By Des Plaines Park District 


The Keiki from the Barefoot Hawaiian take the crowd for a ride on
the Pineapple Express July 15 at the Des Plaines Park District's
Live at the Lake event.

Members of The Barefoot Hawaiian performed traditional Polynesian dances at the July 15 Live at the Lake event in Des Plaines, part of the Des Plaines Park District's Summer Entertainment Series.

The event drew a crowd of more than 200 spectators to the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion at Lee Street between Touhy and Howard avenues.

The Keiki from the Barefoot Hawaiian perform a hula
at the Lake Park Pavilion in Des Plaines.

The Polynesian performing arts company took the audience on a tour of the islands from Fiji to Tahiti to the islands of Hawaii with traditional music, costume and dance.  Des Plaines is home to the Barefoot Hawaiian, with a store, offices and studio located at 1401 Oakton St.

Affiliates of the group also recently opened a restaurant called Tiki Terrace at 1591 Lee St., Des Plaines.  The restaurant participated at this year's Taste of Des Plaines.

The Wahine and Kane, professional women and men dancers
from the Barefoot Hawaiian, perform with the ipu, or gourd.

For more information about Des Plaines Park District events, call 847-391-5700 or go to

— Photos submitted by the Des Plaines Park District