Directors Emily Hodges and Stefan Kant both discovered salsa while attending college. They learned the art of salsa at several renowned New York dance schools, including Santo Rico Dance School, before both becoming teachers at Santo Rico. They have performed nationally and internationally, and now showcase their skills at Hawaii Salsa 101. Students with a desire to move effortlessly to the beat of the music or waves crashing onto a surfer's head can learn basic and advanced dance skills in a group or private setting. Social events on Thursday and Friday nights allows students to show off their newly acquired mambo, salsa, cha-cha, merengue, and bachata moves.
The instructors at Hawaii State Ballet aspire to give their students the best possible training in all areas of dance. And they've achieved that goal many times over, thanks to the Junior Company, whose alumni have gone on to dance for the Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet West.
The dedicated staff guides students from soft shoes to toe shoes, starting with imaginative classes for 3-year-olds. They also teach adult classes, and branch out from ballet to teach modern dance, Pilates, and advanced Hokey Pokey.
In her one-woman show, Lani Misalucha mixes the fast-paced spectacle and costumes of a Las Vegas showroom with the musical elegance of a New York opera house. With the support of a live band and backup singers, Lani shows off her five-octave range while singing selections from a songbook with pages plucked from Broadway show tunes, rock ‘n’ roll anthems, and bluesy Missing Pet posters. As light trickles across the hall and Lani belts out hits from Andrea Bocelli and Whitney Houston, she prowls the stage in shimmering dresses and elaborate headwear. She also draws on a natural comedic charm while mimicking both the acoustic power and on-stage persona of stars such as Tina Turner and Celine Dion.
Diamond Head looming in the distance, the pool deck shimmers resplendently with crimson-fringed dancers, sequined acrobats, and flames erupting from the mouths of fire-breathers. At 6:30 p.m., Polynesian dancers greet arriving audience members—who sit cabaret-style—and whirl to live music under the Waikiki Beach sky. Tableside magicians and balloon artists wow with up-close magic and inflatable, functioning anvils. Glowing amber in the setting sun, Vili the Warrior starts the show at 7 p.m. What follows is half luau, half circus: acrobatic duos twirl on aerial hoops and silks, contortionists twist and torque, and Polynesian and Tahitian dancers execute exotic moves to the beat of the drums. When the Samoan fire-knife dancer extinguishes his last flame, audiences are invited to meet the performers and have photos taken with them.
The Kamehameha Lions Club Foundation, a registered charitable organization, harnesses chuckles and world-class entertainers to benefit its scholarship fund for the Sacred Hearts Academy, the La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls, and Kalani High School Leo Clubs Community Service Programs, as well as other statewide community-service projects.
For the past 18 years, Bill Maher has surfed American television waves atop a satirical soapbox of political commentary and unabashed honesty, earning 24 Emmy nominations along the way. After launching his career as a standup comedian in 1979, Maher eventually earned the chance to split the sides of a national audience as host of Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect. Since 2002, the quick-witted quote machine has led a weekly roundtable discussion on HBO's Real Time, which invites a panel of celebrity guests to voice their stances on hot-button issues such as politics, religion, and the marshmallow-to-oats ratio of Lucky Charms. An accomplished author, Maher has also penned several bestselling books, and his 2008 documentary, Religulous, sits among the highest-grossing documentaries of all time. As Maher scatters laugh bombs across the Waikiki Shell, guests will enjoy views of the stage from the venue's lawn, where plush tufts volunteer to shelter bottoms and harbor insect nobility from the comedian's brutally candid views.