2014 Public Event Schedule

The following was our schedule of public shows, appearances, and special events for 2014.

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The Barefoot Hawaiian performed no shows in January that were open to the general public.


Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2014
Waikiki Weekend Fest - Fire and Ice Party

St. Joseph, MI
See times below

Friday Night Fire Knife Performances

2 Performances: 8:45 & 10:30 PM EST

Saturday Afternoon Shows

3 Shows: 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 PM EST

Silver Beach Shadowland

333 Broad Street
St. Joseph, MI


Saturday, March 8, 2014
Chicagoland Kids Expo

Schaumburg, IL
5:00 - 5:30 PM

Come and bring the kids to the Chicagoland Kids Expo in Schaumburg.  There is fun for parents and children alike all weekend.  The expo run March 8 & 9 starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday and 10:30 on Sunday.  The Barefoot Hawaiian Keiki dance students perform to the young and old alike at 5:00 on Saturday. 

Tickets are just $5 for children 3-12, $10 for adults, and children under 3 are free, and the parking is free.  Visit the web site to save $1 on admission. 

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center & Hotel
1551 N. Thoreau Dr.
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Chicagoland Kids Expo Web Site
Download the Chicagoland 2014 Kids Expo Schedule Flier (42K)
Download the Chicagoland 2014 Kids Expo 10-Ppage Entertainment & Attractions Booklet (1.27M)

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Addison Library WorldFest

Addison, IL
12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM

The Barefoot Hawaiian will be performing at the Addison Public Library for their 2014 WorldFest event.
As they state:

"Our annual celebration of diversity has arrived! Join us from noon until 4:00 for live music, dancing, games, prizes, snacks, and more! You won't want to miss our biggest event of the year! Fun for the whole family."

The event runs from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM with the Barefoot Hawaiian show at 12:00 Noon.

Addison Public Library
4 Friendship Plaza
Addison, Illinois 60101-2499

Addison Library Web Site
Addison Library Event Schedule for March 2014

Please note that the library web site suggests that registration may be
required for this event and to call 630-543-3617 to register.
Recommend interested persons go to the web site above for details.

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Cheeseburger in Paradise St. Patrick's Day Show

Downers Grover, IL
4:30 - 6:00 PM

Yes, the Irish and the Hawaiian traditions do blend together well, as you will see in this Hawaiian-style, St. Patrick's Day show at the Cheeseburger in Paradise in Downers Grove.  If you happen to have green Aloha attire, you will be right in to celebrate with us.  It's not required though.  Come as you are or in your favorite St. Patrick's Day attire or in Aloha attire.

This show is FREE to restaurant dining patrons.  Order food and beverages from regular menu.
Reservations accepted for this event and are strongly recommended

Cheeseburger in Paradise is known for their great food, their
extensive food & beverage menu, and incredible tropical drinks.

Cheeseburger in Paradise
2970 S. Finley Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Cheeseburger in Paradise Web Site


Friday, April 4, 2014
Celebration of Cultures

Elk Grove Village, IL
6:00 - 8:30 PM

The Barefoot Hawaiian is proud to be performing at the 2014 Celebration of Cultures event at the Elk Grove Village Pavilion.  As the Elk Grove Village Library states:

"The Elk Grove Park District and the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove have teamed up to bring us this exciting event.  This free event will spotlight individuals and groups representing their traditional backgrounds as well as highlight some of your favorite ethnic foods.  It promises to educate and celebrate the many nationalities in Elk Grove Village."

The event is free and runs from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.  With the following Barefoot Hawaiian participation:

6:50 - 7:00 — A 10 minute performance
7:30 - 8:00 — A Tahitian Drum Dance Lesson

Elk Grove Village Pavilion
1000 Wellington Ave
Elk Grove Village, IL

Elk Grove Village Library Web Site
Library's 2014 Celebration of Cultures Event Web Page

Sunday, April 13, 2014
The 15th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Maple Park, IL
4:30 - 5:30 PM

The Kaneland Arts Initiative is proudly sponsoring the 15th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, and the Barefoot Hawaiian will be providing one of the featured performances.  The festival is free and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The Barefoot Hawaiian performance will be in the high school auditorium from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., but we encourage all to attend the entire festival of fine arts, where you will have a multi-cultural experience, all wrapped up with the Barefoot Hawaiian performing the final show.

Kaneland High School
47W326 Keslinger Road
Maple Park, IL 60151

Kaneland Arts Initiative Web Site


Saturday, May 10, 2014
Special Holiday Dance Class Event
Mother's Day Mother/Daughter Hula Class

Barefoot Hawaiian Dance Studio
3:00 - 3:45 PM

This special class offers a special and unique opportunity for a mom and her daughter to bond while learning the hula together. This class is for daughters of all ages. If you are a grandmother, you may also attend with your granddaughter. What a wonderful way to honor mothers on Mother's Day.

In celebration of Mother's Day, mom's receive a special Mother's Day surprise from Hawaii at the close of class.

Special price: Only $15 per Mother/Daughter pair

The Barefoot Hawaiian, Inc. 
1401 E. Oakton Street 
Des Plaines, IL 60018 

Download the Class Flier & Registration Form (42K)

Minimum of 4 mother/daughter pairs required to be registered by Wednesday, May 7 for this class to commence. 
Classes subject to cancellation with less than minimum - Please register early to avoid class cancellation 
If class is cancelled, tuition will be promptly and fully refunded. 
Maximum of 8 mother/daughter pairs will be excepted - another reason to register early.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Lombard's Lilac Festival Parade

Lombard, IL
1:30 PM - Parade Begins

The Parade starts at Main and Wilson
(at the Glenbard East High School)
This year's theme: "Oh, the places you will go"

Barefoot Hawaiian is unit #9 in the parade

Visit the official Lombard Lilac Festival Parade Web Site

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lisle, IL
2:00 - 4:00 PM

DanzaPalooza is the biggest dance event, convention, and party in the Midwest that embraces all styles of dance, including ethnic dances, such as Hula and Tahitian.  The convention runs the entire Memorial Day Weekend from Friday May 23 through Sunday May 25.  You can dance all night at this convention if you wanted to and take lessons on dances that you have perhaps never even heard of.  DanzaPalooza brings in the top instructors from the Midwest and across the country to teach the classes available at this event.

As one of the nations top Polynesian instructors, Gwen Kennedy will be teaching beginner Hula on Saturday from 2 to 3 pm and beginner Tahitian dance from 3 to 4 pm.

You can purchase tickets to take an individual workshop for $10 per class.  Also available are tickets for evenings, all day, and a pass for the entire for the weekend.  If you are interested in an all-day or weekend pass, hurry as early-bird special pricing ends May 18.

DanzaPalooza is held at
Sheraton Lisle Hotel
3000 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL 60532

Visit the website for full details.  
Also provided below for your convenience is the Registration Form and Weekend Schedule

DanzaPalooza Official Web Site
DanzaPalooza Event Schedule (346K)
DanzaPalooza Event Registration Form (346K)

Saturday, May 31, 2014
LaGrange Pet Parade

LaGrange, IL
9:30 - 11:00 AM

"For the past [68] years, children of all ages have delighted in one of our community’s most treasured events — America’s Original Pet Parade! This colorful, crowd-pleasing event is sponsored by Pets and Pals Charities Ltd., and is truly one of a kind.  From children showcasing their pets, to marching bands, floats, and clowns, the Pet Parade provides wholesome fun and entertainment for the entire family.

"Pets and Pals Charities, established in 1999, is headquartered in La Grange, Illinois. It is dedicated to promoting and supporting the health and care of animals in Metropolitan Chicago. In addition it promotes awareness of the value of animals in individuals lives and the special bonds that exists between kids and animals. Pets and Pals Charities accomplishes its mission through sponsorship of the acclaimed La Grange Pet Parade, providing educational scholarships for youth, and promoting responsible pet ownership through classes that show people how to care for their pets."

The Barefoot Hawaiian is delighted to be one of the marching performers in this parade and taking part in an event with a wonderful cause.  The parade starts at Cossitt Ave. and LaGrange Rd. in LaGrange.

Barefoot Hawaiian is unit #15 in the parade

LaGrange Pet Parade Official Web Site

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Luau at Kemmerling Pool

Roselle, IL
6:30 - 9:30 PM

Set your clocks to island time and get ready to celebrate Summer with the Luau at Kemmerling Pool.

Aloha! Come enjoy a night at the Kemmerling Pool and experience a real Hawaiian Luau. The evening will include Island food, drink, live music, hula and fire dances.  

The Barefoot Hawaiian brings the luau to life with its professional dance troupe.  Drummers and live music will recreate sounds of the islands, while professional dancers provide the visual experience.  The evening comes to a close after sunset with the spectacular fire dance.

Luau Prices for Advanced Ticket Sales
Pool Pass Holders — $7
Resident Non-Pool Pass Holders — $14
Non-Resident Non-Pool Pass Holder — $19

At the door for everyone — $20
So purchase in advance and save.

Luau held at 
Kemmerling Pool
Roselle Park District
400 S. Prospect St.
Roselle, Illinois

Register in advance at the 
Roselle Park District
555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Roselle, Illinois 60172
(630) 894-4200

Kemmerling Pool News Web Site


Saturday, June 14, 2014
Six Corners BBQ Fest

Chicago, IL
8:00 PM

"Welcome to the 6 Corners BBQ Fest —
Pulled pork. Baby back ribs. Beef brisket. BBQ turkey legs. These are just a handful of the backyard BBQ delicacies taking over the grills during the fourth annual 6 Corners BBQ Festival. In addition to mouth-watering food from six area restaurants, two stage host rockin’ musicians. The family-friendly extravaganza also features Kids Corner, chock full of inflatable, games and arts activities for the kids. All profits from the fest will go toward local arts organizations."

The weekend of June 14 and 15 at Six Corners in Chicago (The intersection of Irving, Milwaukee, & Cicero) is the Six Corners BBQ Fest.  Among the entertainment planned is on the Family Stage (South stage) at 8:00 PM on Saturday, the World Folk Circuit.  

“NAC Presents A World Tour of Folk Music at the south stage, Saturday , June 14 at 8:00pm.
Join NAC artist Dale Tippett, Jr. recording artist Bucky Halker and Bristol Renaissance Music Dir Fred Lauritzen, alongside Mark Piekarz, Richard Aszling, Agustin Jaramillo, children from Irving Park United Methodist Church and many more as they bring you music and dance from the United States, Mexico, Spain, England, France, Ireland, Poland, the Phillipines, Hawaii and other amazing cultures from all over the glove. It’s a celebration of Chicago ’s diversity as well as a high energy exhibition showcasing music as the tie that binds all people together.”

That performance will include Barefoot Hawaiian dancers

Visit the following web site for more information

Six Corners BBQ Fest Web Site

— Note: Date Changed —

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Lake Park & Lake Opeka Show

Des Plaines, IL
7:00 - 9:30 PM

At the Lee Street and Touhy (Rt. 72)
Des Plaines, Illinois
Free Admission
Bring your own lawn chairs
Hosted by the Des Plaines Park District
Part of the Des Plaines Park District's Summer Concert Series


Friday, July 4, 2014
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 

Friday, July 4, 2014
Lake Bluff Independence Day Parade

Lake Bluff, IL
10:00 AM

Visit the Lake Bluff Parade Web Site for the  details of parade and route
Official Lake Bluff July 4th Web Site

Friday, July 4, 2014
Eyes to the Skies Festival

Lisle, Illinois
6:00 - 7:00 PM

The Eyes to the Skies Festival, a festival benefiting charities, runs July 3-5.  On July 4 at 6:00 PM, the Barefoot Hawaiian will be entertaining in the Children's Area of the Festival. 

Eyes to the Skies Festival

Located at the Lisle Community Park
along Short Street between Ohio Street and the east Branch of the DuPage river
Lisle, Illinois

Eyes to the Skies Festival Web Site
Eyes to the Skies Festival Children's Area Web Site
Download the Eyes to the Skies Festival Brochure (1,757K)

Saturday, July 5, 2014
Northwest Fourth-Fest Show

Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2:00 - 3:00 PM

This performance is part of the Hoffman Estates Northwest Fourth Fest and will be held at the

Village Green Stage

Located at Prairie Stone Parkway off Route 72
in the Prairie Stone Business Park
Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Call 847-252-5448 for more information

Hoffman Estates Northwest Fourth Fest Web Site

Friday, July 11, 2014
Palatine Town Square Show

Palatine, IL
12:00 Noon

This show will be held in the Palatine Town Square
Located in down town Palatine near the train station
To map it with mapping software, web sites, or GPS use the following address: 
40 N Brockway St, Palatine, IL 60067

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Pelican Harbor Performance

Bolingbrook, IL
6:30 - 9:00 PM

Come to the Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park the evening of July 12 for a Barefoot Hawaiian performance and help benefit the Lily Cache Special Recreation Association Scholarship fund.  For more information and to purchase tickets, call the number provided below.

Admission Prices
$25 — Purchased in advanced
$30 — Purchased at the door

Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park
Bolingbrook Park District
200 Lindsey lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park Web Site

Saturday, July 26, 2014
International Marketplace Sale

Barefoot Hawaiian Shop
1:00 - 7:00 PM

The Barefoot Hawaiian will be saluting O'ahu's International Marketplace with its own International Marketplace Sale.  The Barefoot Hawaiian International Marketplace Sale will be grand sale of thing old and new, vintage and modern and will include CD's, house wares, clothing, and many household items.  The Marketplace will have Polynesian items as well other items from all parts of the globe.  No telling what treasures you may find.  Refreshments will be served.  Tell your family and friends.

The Barefoot Hawaiian
International Marketplace Sale

 Will be held at
Barefoot Hawaiian Shop
1401 E. Oakton Street
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Saturday, July 26, 2014
From 1:00 to 7:00 PM

Cash Sales Only

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Indian Trail Beach Park Show

Village of Lake in the Hills, Illinois
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Indian Trail Beach Park
228 Indian Trail Rd.
Lake in the Hills, IL

Free Admission
Hosted by the Village of Lake in the Hills

Lake in the Hills' Indian Trail Beach Web Site


Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Rockford Park District Show

Rockford, IL
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Show will be held at the Sinnissippi Music Shell
Sponsored by the Rockford Park District
Cost: FREE

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wilmette Aloha Night

Wilmette, Illinois
6:30 PM

Note the new earlier start time for this year's show

Starlight Theatre
At the Wallace Bowl in Gillson park
Wilmette, Illinois
Cost: FREE

Seating Availability and Suggestions:

Bring your own lawn chair to enjoy a close up view of the show from the lawn directly in front of the stage and to enjoy the show from a more comfortable seat.  You will need to arrive early - at least an hour before show to secure a place for your chair in this prime location.  This show is among the most popular and attended of our public annual shows.  For everyone else, stadium bench seating a little further back is provided by the park district.  Please note that these are permanent bench-style hard seats without seat backs, so you may wish to bring a blanket, cushion, or cushion seat with back to be more comfortable during the show.

Sponsored by the Wilmette Park District

(Rain Date is Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM)

Starlight Theatre Web Site

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

This show marks the 37th consecutive year of our Wilmette Aloha Night performance.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
"Waves, Flowers, and Fires of Polynesia"
The 10th 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 afternoon of Music, Entertainment, and More
One-Day, One-Show Only

Only $16.50 per person (adult or child)
General Admission
Tickets are now on sale!

This is a rare opportunity for the general public to see our 2014 "Waves, Flowers, and Fires of Polynesia" 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 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: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Theaters doors open at 1:00 PM
Show includes an intermission 

From 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the lobby outside the theater will be a bake and craft sale

Download the Complete Flier and Ticket Order Form (88K)
Download the Theater Seating Chart  (84K)

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Buffalo Grove Days

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

Look for more photos from previous year in our
"Community" Photo Gallery on our Multi-Media Page

Saturday, August 30, 2014
KeyLime Cove

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Gurnee, Illinois

Band and “stations” to learn poi balls, hula and drum dancing
6:00 - 7:00 PM

Waves, Flowers and Fires of Polynesia Show
7:00 - 8:00 PM

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort

1700 Nations Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031

KeyLime Cove Waterpark Web Site

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Cantigny Park Show

Wheaton, IL
3:00 - 4:30 PM

Cantigny Park at the Band Shell
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189


Saturday, September 6, 2014
Farewell to Summer Family Luau

Winnetka, IL
4:00 - 7:30 PM

Winnetka's Tower Road Beach officially closes for the season on Labor Day.  But do not pack up the swim suits just yet. Tower Road Beach will re-open for one more day for families to get together and say goodbye to summer on Saturday, September 6, Luau style. Lifeguards will come back to guard the water from 4 - 6 pm and food will be served throughout the event with the Barefoot Hawaiian providing music throughout. Then the night really gets exciting with the Barefoot Hawaiian's live luau dance and fire show from 6:30 to 7:30. 

There is a fee required to attend and pre-registration is required through the Winnetka Park District, either in person or online to determine how much food will be needed for the event. For more information contact the Winnetka Park District via the information below.

Farewell to Summer Luau Prices
Child:  $5 for resident and $10 for non-resident
Adult:  $10 for resident and $20 for non-resident

Tower Road Beach
Located at Tower Rd. & Sheridan Road
Winnetka, IL

Winnetka Park District
540 Hibbard Rd
Winnetka, IL

Winnetka Park District Web Site
Tower Road Beach Web Site


Friday, October 10, 2014
International Night

Glenview, IL
6:30 PM

Pleasant Ridge School
1730 Sunset Ridge Rd.
Glenview, IL


Wednesday, November 26, 2014
"Hawaii comes to Chicago" at the 19th Annual Christkindlmarket

Chicago, IL
1:00 - 1:45 PM

"Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996."

The 19th Annual Christkindlmarket runs from November 21 through December 24.  The Barefoot Hawaiian will be bringing "Hawaii comes to Chicago" at the 19th Annual Christkindlmarket on this date at the following location.

Daley Plaza
At the Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

If you are closer to the western suburbs, be sure to check out the performance in Oak Brook on December 7.

Christkindlmarket Web Site

Thursday, November 27, 2014
McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade
(Chicago State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade)

8:00 - 11:00 AM

43 Barefoot Hawaiian representatives will be performing:

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: #26

Also added for this year ...
The Barefoot Hawaiian has also been proudly asked to take part in the parade's closing ceremony
So look for us after the parade ends where we will be free-dancing with
other selected parade participants to Taylor Swift's  "Shake it Off!"

Catch us on Television Live on WGN-TV Channel 9
and WGN affiliate stations
Show Time: 8:00 - 11:00 AM

The Chicago Festivals Web Site


Sunday, December 7, 2014
"Hawaii comes to Oak Brook" at the 19th Annual Christkindlmarket

Oak Brook, IL
2:00 - 3:00 PM

"Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996."

The 19th Annual Christkindlmarket runs from November 21 through December 24.  The Barefoot Hawaiian will be bringing "Hawaii comes to Oak Brook" at the 19th Annual Christkindlmarket on this date at the following location.

Oak Brook Shopping Center
Route 83 and 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 

If you are in Chicago, be sure to check out the performance at the Daley Plaza on November 26.

Christkindlmarket Web Site



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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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