2009 Public Event Schedule

The following was our schedule of public shows, appearances, and special events for 2009.  

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Every Friday Night
The Ports of Paradise Show
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant

8:30 PM

Call the restaurant for reservations and details
(reservations required)

The Tiki Terrace Restaurant

1591 Lee Street
(At the NE Corner of Lee & Oakton)
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Every Saturday Night
The Hanalei Show
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant

8:00 PM

Call the restaurant for reservations and details
(reservations required)

The Tiki Terrace Restaurant

1591 Lee Street
(At the NE Corner of Lee & Oakton)
Des Plaines, IL 60018


Wednesday, January 29, 2009
190 North TV Show Filming
The Barefoot Hawaiian Shop

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

   Special Press Release and News Bulletin   

The Production Crew of the ABC Chicago TV Show
190 North

Will be Filming at the Barefoot Hawaiian Shop
Wednesday Morning, January 28, 2009
Arrive to the store 10:00 AM to watch and be a part of the action


Sunday, February 15, 2009
190 North TV Show
ABC Channel 7 in Chicago
10:35 PM

(Repeat / Reairing - Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 11:05 PM)

Check your local TV listings for additional airings,
cable broadcasts, and over-the-air digital signal broadcasts

   Special Press Release and News Bulletin   

Tune into ABC Channel 7 Chicago's Hit TV News Show 190 North,
hosted by Janet Davies, on Sunday, February 15, 2009, at 10:35 PM
as Michelle Alegria features the Barefoot Hawaiian.

Get an inside look on a cold winter night from your warm living room, as
190 NORTH's Michelle Alegria takes you on a tour of Chicago's oldest and most established Polynesian Entertainment company.

Follow Michelle as she takes you on a tour of the Barefoot Hawaiian store, then into the dance studio where Michelle will take a lesson on how to dance Polynesian.  The film crew then walks you across the street to the Tiki Terrace restaurant for the popular Barefoot Hawaiian performance and show.

Offical 190 NORTH Web Site


Monday & Tuesday, March 30 & 31, 2009
Spring March Madness Sale

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Held at the Barefoot Hawaiian Shop

   50% - 75% Off Many Select Items  

The Barefoot Hawaiian is pleased to announce it's own economic stimulus program.  Come to our shop on the evenings of March 30 & 31 (Monday and Tuesday) for our giant 50% - 75% off March Madness Sale.  Many selected items will be included in this sale.  

Even though the economy is down, you can still buy what you need to have a great summer luau.  Stock up now for your spring and summer planning.

Since 1983, the Barefoot Hawaiian was, still is, and
remains the only Polynesian Entertainment company in
the Chicago area with it's own walk-in Hawaiian Store.

Other local companies doing Hawaiian entertainment may advertise or claim a gift shop or merchandise for sale, but if you don't see a real store at a real business address, they don't own one.


Friday, April 3, 2009
Celebration of Cultures

Elk Grove Village, IL
6:00 PM

Sponsored by the Elk Grove Village Park District
Location and more information forthcoming


Friday, May 15, 2009
Voyage Through the South Pacific concert tickets go on sale

Tickets for the Barefoot Hawaiian's 6th Annual Halau Concert "Voyage Through the South Pacific" on Saturday, June 13, 2009 are now on sale either in person at the store or by mail.

See our June 13 entry a little further on this page for full details.


Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 2009
The Taste of Des Plaines

2:00 - 3:00 PM (both days)

Held at the Des Plaines Library Center
1501 Ellinwood Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by the City of Des Plaines

Saturday, June 13, 2009
"Voyage Through the South Pacific"
The 6th Annual Halau Concert

Des Plaines Park District
The Prairie Lakes Community Center Theater

515 East Thacker
Des Plaines, Illinois

This is a Barefoot Hawaiian Special Event
Enjoy an Evening of Music, Entertainment, and More
One-Night, One-Show Only

Only $16 per person (adult or child)
General Admission

This is a rare opportunity for the general public to see our entire 2009 show in indoor auditorium comfort and seating, entirely sponsored by the Barefoot Hawaiian.  All student divisions will be performing with special emphasis on our younger dancers.  This is the perfect opportunity to see what our students have learned this past school year.  The show will be supplemented with some special performances by select dancers from professional dance troupe.  This complete and unabridged, "director's cut" of the show will run about 3 hours and is our best bargain of the year.

Visit our Multimedia Page to view 5-minute
summary videos of our shows from previous years.

Show Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Festival doors open at 5:30 PM, Theaters doors open at 6:00
Show includes an intermission, and we will have a bake sale
and merchandise for sale in the Mountain View Room

Download the Complete Flier and Ticket Order Form (425K)
Download the Theater Seating Chart  (84K)

Saturday, June 27, 2009
Aegis Concert
Live in the USA - Concert Tour 2009
Chicago Performance 

7:30 - 8:30 PM  (Barefoot Hawaiian)
followed at 8:30 PM by main Aegis show

Barefoot Hawaiian to open the Chicago performance of
Aegis:   Live in the USA - Concert Tour 2009

Copernicus Foundation Theater
5216 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60630

Catch the Axis Productions, Inc, "Live in the USA - Concert Tour 2009" of Aegis as they make their appearance in Chicago, Saturday June 27, 2009, and see the Barefoot Hawaiian open the show.

The Barefoot Hawaiian opens the show with a performance from 7:30 - 8:30 PM with the main show by Aegis to follow.

Ticket prices for the entire show start at just $30. 
Download the full-size flier or visit Copernicus Foundation  web site below

Full-size Flier with tickets prices and purchase details  (245K)
Copernicus Foundation Web Site


Saturday, July 4, 2009
Carol Stream Independence Day Parade

Carol Stream, IL
10:00 AM

The Parade route runs along Lies Road
from Country Farm Road east to Hampe Park 

Visit the official Carol Stream July 4th Parade Web Site

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Village of Oak Lawn Independence Day Parade

Oak Lawn, IL
10:00 AM
(Rain Date: Sunday, July 5, 10 AM)

The Parade route will run westbound on the 
north side of 95th Street from 51st Avenue to 55th Court 

Visit the official Oak Lawn July 4th Parade Web Site

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Village of Bensenville Independence Day Parade

Bensenville, IL
10:00 AM

The Parade route begins at 717 E. Jefferson and heads west on Jefferson Street,
then north on York Road, then west on Green Street, finishing in Towne Center. 

Visit the official Bensenville July 4th Parade Web Site
Download Bensenville 2009 July 4th Event Flier (260K)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Lake Park & Lake Opeka Show

7:00 PM
At the Lee Street and Route 72
Des Plaines, Illinois
Free Admission
Bring your own lawn chairs
Hosted by the Des Plaines Park District

Friday, July 17, 2009
Show in Palatine

12:00 Noon
Palatine Town Square
Palatine, Illinois
Hosted by the Palatine Park District

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Lake in the Hills Show

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Indian Trail Beach Park
Free Admission
Hosted by the Village of Lake in the Hills

Friday, July 31, 2009
Niles Park District Outdoor Show

6:30 - 8:30 PM
Outdoor Performance on Howard Street
More information on location is coming
Free Admission
Hosted by the Niles Park District


Thursday, August 6, 2009
Norridge Park District Aloha Night

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Norridge Community Park
4631 N. Overhill Avenue
Norridge, Illinois
Free Admission
Food available for purchase at this event
Suggestions: Bring your own lawn chair
Sponsored by the Norridge Park District

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Wilmette Aloha Night

7:00 PM

Starlight Theatre
At the Wallace Bowl in Gillson park
Wilmette, Illinois
Cost: FREE
Suggestions: Bring your own lawn chair
Sponsored by the Wilmette Park District
(Rain Date: Thursday, August 13, 7 pm)

Starlight Theatre Web Site

Visit our Multi-Media Center to see videos from previous shows

This show marks the 32nd consecutive year
that we have been performing this show

The Concert in the Park in Melrose Park, IL

Originally scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2009
Has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 27, 2009

Due to the high probability forecast for the threat of rain, the Concert in the Park at the Veterans Park District in Melrose Park, IL has been cancelled by the event operator and rescheduled to Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 PM.  Scroll further below for the rescheduled entry.

Sunday, August 23, 2009
Illinois State Fair

3:00 – 5:00 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 27, 2009
Concert in the Park

6:30 PM

Veterans Park District
1601 Hirsch Street
Melrose Park, Illinois


Saturday, September 5, 2009
Buffalo Grove Days

3:30 - 4:15 PM
At Church and Lake Cook Road
In the Craft Area
Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Village of Flossmoor Show

12:00 Noon

Tented stage in Flossmoor Park
At the Corner of Flossmoor and Western Avenues in
Flossmoor, Illinois

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Carved Tiki Blessing and Dedication

12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM

Dawes Park (by the lagoon)
1700 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL

The Barefoot Hawaiian will be participating in the Tiki Blessing and Dedication Ceremony of a carved Tiki, being presented by Johnnie “Keoni” Durant, the carver from the island of Kauai.

Keoni will present the Tiki at 2:00 PM to the Mayor and people of Evanston as a gift.  The presentation will be followed by a performance of ancient hula by the Barefoot Hawaiian.

Visit Kauai Carver Web Site

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Chicago Beachathlon

8:00 AM - Event Starts
10:00 AM - Race Officially Begins

North Avenue Beach 
1600 N Lake Shore Drive 
Chicago, IL 60614 

Barefoot Hawaiian dancers in Tahitian Costumes will be cheering on the runners taking part in the event's 4-mile race along the lakefront.

Official Chicago Beachathlon Web Site

  Event Postscript Photo

The 2009 Chicago Beachathlon was great fun for all who attended whether they were
running participants or simply there in costume to take part in the festivity as shown here
in this photo by the two persons above posing with four Barefoot Hawaiian Tahitian dancers.



(No events opened to the general public occurred in October)


Sunday, November 1, 2009
"Keiki Karnival"
A Barefoot Hawaiian On-Location Event

2:00 – 5:00 PM
At the Barefoot Hawaiian Store, Studio & Parking Lot
Entry is FREE
Tickets to play games, only 25 cents each

Great fun for children of all ages.

We depart from the Halloween into the
Thanksgiving Season with a children's favorite, 
Keiki Karnival.

Get a personal portrait done by "Kapela,"
our resident artist, for only $10

Games for Children with prizes awarded

Ring Toss
Tiki Bowling
Bozo Pumpkins
Bean Bag Game
Hula Hoops
Coconut Roll/Wheel of Fortune
Spray Away Game
Clothespin Drop

Held at
The Barefoot Hawaiian 
1401 East Oakton Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mohala Dance Show

7:00 PM
This show is free to restaurant patrons - reservations recommended

The Tiki Terrace Restaurant

1591 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Pre-Parade TV News Appearance
(for Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade)

CBS-2 News — 5:57 AM
ABC-7 News — 6:58 AM

For you early risers, catch Barefoot Hawaiian's live TV appearances and performances early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day before the parade on the CBS-2 and ABC-7 Chicago morning news programs. The times listed above are approximated scheduled appearance times.  Actual appearance time may vary.

Thursday, November 26, 2009
McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade
(Chicago State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade)

8:00 - 11:00 AM

Many Barefoot Hawaiian representatives comprising
Professional Fire-Knife Performers
Professional Dancers
Keiki Division Dancers
Banner Carriers

As has been Chicago's tradition, the Barefoot Hawaiian
is the only Hawaiian Entertainment company invited
to participate in the Thanksgiving Day parade.  

Parade Position 13B

Catch us on Television Live on WGN-TV Channel 9
and WGN affiliate stations
Show Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Catch the Re-broadcast of the Parade on CLTV
Show Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM

"There have been many wonderful groups that have participated in the McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade over the years. Recently, Turkey Talk sat down with long time parade participants The Barefoot Hawaiians [sic] from Des Plaines, IL. Turkey Talk spoke with Gwen Kennedy, director of the Barefoot Hawaiians."

- TurkeyTALK, May 2009

Read "Behind the Scenes with The Barefoot Hawaiians," the complete two-page article/interview with photos starting on page 8 in the May, 2009 edition of TurkeyTALK.

TurkeyTALK, is the Chicago Festival Association's Quarterly Newsletter.  Photo above by Steve Horne, taken from the publication.

Download the May 2009 edition of TurkeyTALK below.
May 2009 Publication of TurkeyTALK  (2,550K)

You may also read the entire article with photos in
the Spotlight Gallery on our Media Gallery Page.

Please also visit
The Chicago Festivals Web Site


Sunday, December 6, 2009
Holly Jolly Theatre Show

Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12, 2009
International Family Festival

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Free Community Event

McGaw YMCA of Evanston

1000 Grove Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Download the International Family Festival Event Flier (219K)

Thursday, December 31, 2009
New Year's Eve Luau Bash Show

8:30  - 9:30 PM

The Barefoot Hawaiian will be part of the
New Year's Eve bash at the Tiki Terrace Restaurant.

Enjoy an entire night of seeing 2009 out and bringing 2010 in.
The entire event runs from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.
The evening will be filled with entertainment and celebration.
Our performance will run from 8:30  - 9:30 PM.

Both dinner and non-dinner packages are available.
Reservations are required.
Drop by the restaurant or visit their web site for full details.

The Tiki Terrace Restaurant

1591 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60018



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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.

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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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