2005 Event Schedule

The following was our schedule of public shows, appearances, and special events for 2005.  

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Friday, April 8, 2005
From Sala Cafe to San Jose

7:30 – 9:00 PM
Sala Cafe
4202 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60641
(773) 777-7252
Cost: FREE
(working for tips & donations only)

Saturday, April 23, 2005
"Keiki Karnival"
A Barefoot Hawaiian Special Event

1 – 5 PM
At the Barefoot Hawaiian Store, Studio & Parking Lot
Cost: FREE

This is our big 2005 season-opener event!
Games and entertainment for kids and adults: bean-bag toss, hula-hoops, hat-making, lei-making, drum-circle, hula dancing, bake-sale, and more.
"Scottie the Parrot" and a Magician will be present
(bring your camera)
Huge sale !  Our Biggest of the Year !
Almost everything in the store - some items half-price
Clearance merchandise table
Download This Event Flier (121K)

Sunday, April 24, 2005
The Elk Grove Village Hawaiian Luau

3:00 PM
Cost: $7 per person
Tickets available through advanced sales only
No tickets will be available at the door at the time of the event
Tickets may be purchased at the Barefoot Hawaiian Shop & Office
Or at the Elk Grove Village Park District Office
The Barefoot Hawaiian Professional Dance Troup will be at this event
This event usually sells out - early ticket purchase recommended
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Sponsored through the Elk Grove Village Park District

Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Senior Celebration Day Show

2:45 PM
Randhurst Mall
Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by the Randhurst Shopping Center

Saturday, May 14, 2005
Attention: Gentlemen

1 – 3 PM
Nordstrom's at the Woodfield Mall/Shopping Center
Schaumburg, Illinois
A gorgeous Hula-Girl will be performing in the Men's Department
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by Nordstrom's

Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5, 2005
The Taste of Des Plaines

1:00 PM on Saturday
2:00 PM on Sunday
Held at the Des Plaines Library Center
1501 Ellinwood Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by the City of Des Plaines

Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11, 2005
Bad Ass Coffee Company Grand Opening

8:00 – 10:00 AM on Friday
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday

Bad Ass Coffee Company
762 South 8th Street
Dundee, Illinois 60118
(847) 836-0820

This is the grand opening of a Hawaiian-based company new to this area
In addition to the Barefoot Hawaiian, there also be free raffles,
free giveaways, and 2 radio stations (Y-103.9 & STAR-105.5) broadcasting live from the location

— Featuring —
 Our very popular Keolaka’inoa Kukana 'Swinging Hips' Susan
performing on Friday, our handsome Lopaka Young performing a Hawaiian Prayer (Pule) dance at 9 AM on Saturday, and 2 beautiful dancers performing a variety at 1 PM on Saturday

Friday & Saturday, June 17 & 18, 2005
2nd Annual Halau Concert

6:00 – 9:30 PM
Des Plaines Park District
The Prairie Lakes Community Center Theater

515 East Thacker
Des Plaines, Illinois
Cost: $10 per person
(non-refundable, cash or check only)

This is a Barefoot Hawaiian Special Event
Enjoy an Evening of Music, Entertainment, and More
— Additional Performance Added —
Two-Nights, Two-Shows Only
Ticket Sales limited to approximately 580
As in previous year we expected a sell-out crowd
 ————  Tickets Sales Have Ended  ———— 
Available at the Barefoot Hawaiian Shop & Office Only

Festival doors open at 5:30 PM, Theaters doors open at 6:30
Show includes an intermission and we will have merchandise for sale
Sponsored by the Barefoot Hawaiian & the Des Plaines Park District
Download This Event Flier (161K)
Download the Theater Seating Chart  (84K)

— Sign up date extended - second class added —
Friday, July 1, 2005
Final Registration Date for the
Summer Wahine (Hula) Dance Classes

Monday evenings
Now offering two classes
7:00 – 8:00 PM   and   8:00 – 9:00 PM
July 11 – August 15
Barefoot Hawaiian Dance Studio
Space is limited
Download the flier and registration form (25K)

Saturday - Monday, July 2 - 4, 2005
"Tahiti Fete"
Tahitian Dance World Championships

San Jose, California

Members of Barefoot Hawaiian's World Competition Team compete with fellow titlists and champions from around the globe in effort to be crowned best in the world.

For more information including cost, travel, and accommodations
visit the official web site of
Tahiti Fete

Congratulations to the following competitor
who placed in the finals of the Tane Division
Phil "Makakoa" Zuziak
This means he ranked in the top ten of the
world's most proficient Tahitian dancers in his division

Monday, July 4, 2005
Independence Day Parades

The Barefoot Hawaiian will be participating
in parades in the following cities:

Des Plaines, IL
Carol Stream, IL
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
De Forest, WI

Friday, July 8, 2005
NBC Universal, WMAQ Television
Channel 5 Chicago

6:00 – 7:00 AM

The Barefoot Hawaiian performs live on the
NBC5 News Today morning TV show
with reporter Jeanne Sparrow

Teaser clips and performances with the Barefoot Hawaiian
shown throughout the show from 6:00 to 7:00 AM

 The Barefoot Hawaiian performers are 
Kelalani, Toni, Eileen, Kiakahi, and Christine — Dancers
Gwen — At the drums, and
Scottie the Parrot — Flirting with Jeanne Sparrow

Saturday, July 9, 2005
Exotica – Luau by the Lake

3:00 – 5:00 PM
6615 Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, Illinois

Luau by the Lake is an event the runs July 7 - 10 at multiple locations throughout the Chicago area and at various times with various and individual tickets prices based on the day of attendance.  The Saturday, July 9 festivity runs from Noon to Midnight, featuring many performers, with the Barefoot Hawaiian performing at the location and time indicated above

Exotica is presented by Duke Carter & Eddie Angel
For ticket prices, online advance ticket sales, and more information
Visit the Chicago Exotica Web Site
Courtesy advisory to our web site visitors: The above web site will not render at all in your browser (you will get a blank page) if you do not have Scripts running.  Please do not report this problem to us as we have no affiliation with the Exotica web site. 

Monday, July 11, 2005
Summer Wahine (Hula) Dance Classes Begin

Monday evenings, 2 classes now being offered
Class 1:    7:00 – 8:00 PM
Class 2:    8:00 – 9:00 PM
July 11 – August 15
Barefoot Hawaiian Dance Studio
Final Sign-up date: June 1
Download the flier and registration form (121K)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Fox News in the Morning TV Show
Channel 32 Chicago

7:00 – 9:00 AM

Barefoot Hawaiian competition dancer
Gabriela "Kelahi'ialo" Mejia
auditions during the show for the
"So You Think You Can Dance Chicago"
Dance Contest

Watch Gabriela's audition on live TV

  Updated News Flash  
Gabriela Makes Finals !

It was announced on live TV, July 18, that Gabriela Mejia has been declared one of the 5 best dancers in Chicago and will be dancing in the finals of the contest.  Watch her compete live on July 19.  Go our event schedule for July 19 (below) for more information. 

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Park Ridge Library Summer Tent Event

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Park Ridge Public Library
20 South Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
(847) 825-3123
Cost: FREE
This is an outdoor event held under a tent - rain or shine
For more information visit the
Park Ridge Public Library Web Site

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Homewood Days Festival

8:30 PM
Off Dixie Highway in
Homewood, Illinois

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Fox News in the Morning TV Show
"So You Think You Can Dance, Chicago?"
Contest Finals
Channel 32 Chicago

7:00 – 9:00 AM

Barefoot Hawaiian competition dancer
Gabriela "Kelahi'ialo" Mejia
Has been selected as one of the 5 best dancers
in the entire Chicago area in the
"So You Think You Can Dance, Chicago?"
Dance Contest

Watch Gabriela compete in the contest finals
On live TV on July 19 between 7 and 9 AM
In front of Fox TV celebrity judges !

About the Contest and Show

Fox TV and the producers of American Idol, premiers it's new reality network TV show, "So you Think You Can Dance?" on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 PM (CDT).  In a campaign associated with this production, the area Fox TV producers ran a local version of the contest titled, "So You Think You Can Dance, Chicago?"  The Chicago area's top and best dancers showed to audition for this 5-day event.  The Barefoot Hawaiian was proudly represented by Gabriala Mejia. After a week of auditions, only 5 were selected as finalists, and Gabriela is among those chosen few.

  Event Postscript  
Congratulations Gabriela for Winning 3rd Runner Up !

Read More Below ...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Fox News in the Morning TV Show
"So You Think You Can Dance, Chicago?"
Contest Results
Channel 32 Chicago

7:00 – 9:00 AM

  Event Postscript  
Gabriela Wins 3rd Runner Up !

It was announced on live TV, July 20, that Gabriela Mejia won the prestigious honor of 3rd Runner-up in the first "So you Think You Can Dance, Chicago?" contest.

Gabriela's performance was reviewed and judged by a celebrity panel of three of the world's most recognized experts in the dance arts: Adam Sklute (Ballet), Tommye Giacchino (Ballroom & Cabaret), and Suave (Jazz & Hip-Hop).

What Adam Sklute, of the Joffery Ballet Dance Company, said of Gabriela's performance: "Unbelievable control of the core and the center.  That's really amazing; I'm impressed with that ... Excellent! Really good."

Thursday, July 21, 2005

7:30 PM
Sinnissippi Band Shell
Rockford, IL

  Event Postscript Press Coverage  
Rockford Register Star Photo and Caption

John F. Elbers/Rockford Register Star
The Barefoot Hawaiian Revue was the center stage attraction at the Sinnissippi Music Shell as they danced for the Rockford crowd last week.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Tommy Bahama Store 10th Anniversary Bash!
10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Tommy Bahama
2100 Northbrook Court
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Friday, July 22, 2005

Palatine Town Square
12:00 Noon
Palatine, Illinois

Monday, July 25, 2005

7:00 PM
Elk Grove Village Public Library
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Cost: FREE

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
"The History of Hawaiian Dance"

7:30 – 9:00 PM
Schaumburg Public Library
130 South Roselle Rd. 
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193
(847) 985-4000
Cost: FREE
This is an educational event (with demonstrations) sponsored by the Schaumburg Public Library with the Barefoot Hawaiian as guest educator

Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Neighborhood Watch Program's National Night Out

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Held at Lake Park on Des Plaine's Lake Opeka
Located on Lee Street between Howard & Touhy
Des Plaines, Illinois
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by 5th Ward Alderman, Ms. Carla Brookman
This "National Night Out" event is being held to
encourage the Neighborhood Watch Program.
Come out to show your support and be entertained

Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Village of Park Forest Event

6:30 – 7:15 PM
350 Victory
Park Forest, Illinois
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by the Village of Park Forest

Thursday, August 4, 2005
Norridge Park District's Aloha Night

7:00 PM
4631 N. Overhill
Norridge, Illinois
Cost: FREE
Food available for purchase at this event
Suggestions: Bring your own lawn chair
Sponsored by the Norridge Park District
This event will be held rain or shine.  In event of rain,
the Park District's Recreational Gym Center will be used

Friday, August 12, 2005
Wilmette Aloha Night

8:00 PM

Wallace Bowl at Gilson park
Wilmette, Illinois
Cost: FREE
Suggestions: Bring your own lawn chair
Sponsored by the Wilmette Park District
(Rain Date for this event is Tuesday, August 16)

  Special Up-To-The-Moment Event Rain Report  

Because the current weather forecast predicts the possibility of rain, we are providing, as a public service, the current status of this event right up to time the event is scheduled to start.

Current Status:
     This event is ran as scheduled on August 12    

Sunday, August 21, 2005
Illinois State Fair

1:30 – 3:30 PM
Performing in  the Ethnic Village of the State Fair Grounds
Springfield, Illinois
Sponsored by the State of Illinois
For maps, directions, and more information
Visit the official Illinois State Fair Web Site

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Parrish Art Museum Fund Raiser

5:30 – 6:30 PM
This is a fund raising event for the Parrish Art Museum held at the
Parrish Art Museum
25 Jobes Lane
South Hampton, New York
Tickets for the day at the door, proceeds going to fund the museum:
Adults: $150, Children: $25
The Barefoot Hawaiian will be performing outdoors
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Immediately followed at 6:30 by a museum workshop

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Buffalo Grove Days

3:30 PM
Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Saturday, September 10, 2005
Carol Stream Multicultural Festival

8:15 – 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE
The Ross Ferraro Town Center
Located at Gary and Lies Road
Carol Stream, Illinois
Sponsored by the Carol Stream Park District

Sunday, September 11, 2005
Elk Grove Arts Festival

1:00 PM
Pirates Cove
999 Leicester Rd.
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Sponsored by the Elk Grove Village Park District

Saturday, September 24, 2005

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Elmhurst City Center
Elmhurst, Illinois

  Special Charitable Event  

Friday, October 28, 2005
Des Plaines Benefit to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

4:00 – 9:00 PM
Riviera/Grazie! Ristorante
1050 E. Oakton Street
Des Plaines, Illinois
(847) 299-0011

This is a special fund-raising event to benefit the victims of hurricane Katrina.  All proceeds of this event will go to the Des Plaines National Bank's Hurricane Fund intended to benefit the evacuees housed at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.

The Barefoot Hawaiian will be putting on a show from 8 to 9 PM.  Scottie the Parrot will be present from about 6:30 to 8 to entertain contributors.  In additional to other ongoing entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Open to the Public
Ticket Price: $25
(100% of the proceeds going to the hurricane victims)
Checks to be the made payable to
Healthy Community Partnership Foundation
(write "Hurricane Relief Event" in memo area)

Mail to
Hurricane Relief Fund
c/o Des Plaines National Bank
P.O. Box 2357
Des Plaines, IL 60017

or to
Hurricane Relief Fund
c/o Office of the Mayor
1420 Minor St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

A small supply of tickets will also be available for
immediate sale at the Barefoot Hawaiian store

Call 847-391-5301 for more information
View the City of Des Plaines Official Flier

November 15, 2005
The New Tiki Terrace Restaurant Opens
The Barefoot Hawaiian is the exclusive entertainment provider

An exciting new restaurant, The Tiki Terrace, will open to the public on November 15, 2005 in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs.  The Tiki Terrace will be the place in the Midwest to dine in authentic South Pacific, tropical paradise style atmosphere. 

Enjoy Polynesian decor, South Pacific cuisine, tropical drinks, and the entertainment of the Barefoot Hawaiian.  In addition, the Barefoot Hawaiian has been assigned to train the entire wait staff of The Tiki Terrace to ensure its guests receive the most authentic feel of Hawaii anywhere this side of this island.

Thursday, November 24, 2005
Chicago State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade

Check your local news and TV listings for times
This event will be televised so watch us either on TV
or come down and see the parade in person

We will in 2 units in the parade this year:

Unit #28
10 Barefoot Hawaiian professional performers on and around
the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii parade float

Unit #70
A total of 63 Barefoot Hawaiian representatives comprising
Professional Fire-Knife Performers
Professional Dancers
Keiki Division Dancers
Banner Carriers

   Special Televised Appearances and Performances   

Get up extra early to catch us the various TV stations and times:

FOX Channel 32 5:30 AM
WGN Channel 9 6:00 AM
ABC Channel 7 6:15 AM
NBC Channel 5 6:35 & 6:45 AM


Saturday, November 26, 2005
Hana Hou Dance Revue

8:00 PM
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant
1 South Wolf Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Free Show - No Cover Charge

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Hana Hou Dance Revue

8:00 PM
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant
1 South Wolf Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Free Show - No Cover Charge

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Hana Hou Dance Revue

8:00 PM
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant
1 South Wolf Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Free Show - No Cover Charge

Friday, December 16, 2005
The Barefoot Hawaiian Band

8:00 PM
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant
1 South Wolf Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Free Show - No Cover Charge

Saturday, December 17, 2005
Hana Hou Dance Revue

8:00 PM
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant
1 South Wolf Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Free Show - No Cover Charge

Sunday, December 18, 2005
Mele Kalikimaka 2005

An Hawaiian Style Holiday Celebration Event
consisting of Luncheon, Party, and Stage Show.

Two Shows
1:00 - 3:00 PM
4:00 - 6:00 PM

The Tiki Terrace Restaurant
1 South Wolf Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Stage show with all divisions (Keiki, Mahala, and Professional) performing. Audience participation sing-along (lyrics provided).

This is a special advanced-sales ticketed event. $9.75 for adults, $7.50 for children under age 13. This one price covers everything including your choice from one of three full-meal menu options; all you can drink beverages of soft drink, soda, coffee, and tea; tax; and gratuity.

Tickets on sale at the Tiki Terrace restaurant.
Purchase your tickets by calling 847-795-TIKI or by stopping in



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For events listed here that are run by or sponsored by the Barefoot Hawaiian, you have our assurance that we will make every effort to notify our customers of significant changes and to post them here immediately on this web site and keep our customers satisfied and returning.

For events listed here that are not run by us but instead are run by, sponsored by, or promoted by our client entirely, which represents most of the entries on this page, the Barefoot Hawaiian has no control or involvement in that event other than being hired entertainment.  Once we have been informed of a significant change or cancellation, we make every effort to post that information here promptly — usually within 24 hours.  For that reason, we suggest you check back with this web page often and especially a day or two before the event you were planning to attend.  You should also be checking with the event's promoter via telephone, email, or their web site for possible changes that may affect you.

Beyond this public information service, the Barefoot Hawaiian has no control, authority, or ability to handle matters or arrangements that were made between you and the event's manager.   For these, please contact the event promoter/manager/sponsor directly to resolve any business, arrangement, or issue you may have with them, or to forward all feedback to them whether complimentary or complaint.  If however,  you have a complaint of significance that you feel we should know about, see the feedback section of our Contact Page on providing us this feedback. 

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