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    When I did my visits, I'd usually end up at the old Ranch House in Aina Haina when they had Hawaiian acts. That's where I first saw the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau back in '84, right after Skippy died and John took his place.

    Then there was the Jubilee by HCC. It's changed genres over the years but back in the '80s and '90s it was a Hawaiian club. It was a hole in the wall but had a lot of great free pupus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinLK View Post
    Then there was the Jubilee by HCC. It's changed genres over the years but back in the '80s and '90s it was a Hawaiian club. It was a hole in the wall but had a lot of great free pupus.
    Nah..nah. It was No Hole in Da Wall. Maybe you talking bout KeyHole?j/k Cause Jubilee was Da Place to be in Kalihi! Disco Dancing, Hawaiian Music, Karaoke, Fights in and outside. Bouncers were bruddahs who handled the crowd with class or with a whack whack. Sometimes with a thrust to da odda side of the street.

    There will be no other like her.

    Mama served the bess Pupus and yes, it was FREE!

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    I remember those big bouncers at the Jubilee. Didn't really see any fistfights but it wouldn't surprise me that there were plenty. Are they still there? I can't remember what kine music they were playing the last time I was there but it wasn't Hawaiian.

    Then there was also a place in Kane'ohe that started doing Hawaiian. I'm trying to remember where it was. I saw Led play there and there was that place in Manoa that had a lot of Hawaiian but they closed after a fire or something. Saw Dennis out there.

    I'd just look in the paper and see who was playing where and try to cram in as many shows as I could during my two week stays. When I lived there I went to the Moana a lot and to Paradise Lounge when Olomana played.

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    heheheh

    My days of Night Clubbing is long gone. As foa the bouncers who worked at the Old Jubilee. They long gone too. I wish they were places like before. Just relax and listen to good Kanak Music, wala'au, talk to friends/ohana over drinks and kaukau.

    Can dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stwahine View Post
    heheheh

    My days of Night Clubbing is long gone. As foa the bouncers who worked at the Old Jubilee. They long gone too. I wish they were places like before. Just relax and listen to good Kanak Music, wala'au, talk to friends/ohana over drinks and kaukau.

    Can dream.

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    The Willows used to be ladat. Open air, koi pond and braddah ova in da corner jamming to some Olomana and Country Comfort with his tip jar in front.

    Had one other place in Waikiki called the Piko Lounge. Small place but had one nice bar with local singers, can't remember the name of the hotel it was in but was near the Ambassador Hotel.
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    Hulis outta bed!

    Wat! Craig! I wuz counting da sheep already.

    K-den. Yeah. I remember Da Willows very well. Bob Nelson played there too. The perfect place in a tropical setting. Ahhh..yes. The memories.

    I shall go back moemoe.

    Keep da noise down.

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    The Willows is still going strong - www.willowshawaii.com

    The Ranch House was one of the best. Great music, food and drinks.

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    Wasn't the Willows the one with the coconut cream pie?


    (speaking of good pies, the double crust banana pie from Haleiwa's Sea View Inn was the best)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinLK View Post
    Then there was also a place in Kane'ohe that started doing Hawaiian. I'm trying to remember where it was.
    Are you thinking of the old Honey's (on the corner across from Windward Mall), which then became Ko`olau Ranch House? Lots of great Hawaiian music there. It then became Times Coffee Shop, which is closing in a few days. Hopefully someone will use the building for live music again.

    and there was that place in Manoa that had a lot of Hawaiian but they closed after a fire or something. Saw Dennis out there.
    Shipley's, in Manoa Marketplace. They re-opened after the fire, but it was never quite the same and they finally closed. The music every Sunday night was called Mike Ka`awa & Friends. There's a photo of them on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association website at this link (and below) where the HSGA says:
    Shipley's Superjam -- An "Uptown" Sunday jam at Shipley's in Manoa Marketplace, Oahu's "In" spot for musicians to ho`okani pila. (L to R) B.B. Shawn (partly hidden), Mike Ka'a'awa, Dennis Kamakahi, Kawika Kamakahi, Rick Ermshar, and as usual, Bobby Ingano on steel."
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    There used to be a place in Hilo, down by the bay near where the Richard Nixon banyan tree is, that had puupuus and Hawaiian music. Maybe it was called the Red Carpet or the Red Door?

    Puupuus started off with tofu and mac salad, and the more you drank, the better they got...all the way up to sashimi and poké.

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    Thanx for posting that cool pic, LikaNui.
    I may have been there. I try and catch Bobby every chance I get and saw a few great jams at Shipley's.
    Mike and the boy's are currently at the Elk's Club, and Honey's At Ko'olau, weekly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stwahine View Post
    Nah..nah. It was No Hole in Da Wall. Maybe you talking bout KeyHole?j/k Cause Jubilee was Da Place to be in Kalihi! Disco Dancing, Hawaiian Music, Karaoke, Fights in and outside. Bouncers were bruddahs who handled the crowd with class or with a whack whack. Sometimes with a thrust to da odda side of the street.

    There will be no other like her.

    Mama served the bess Pupus and yes, it was FREE!

    Auntie Lynn
    Ahhhhhh, Jubilee. Who can forget Auntie Liza and her faithful pilgrimage
    when the group would play "Hihiwae". I just loved her!

    It was great to always get my seat every week with the little index card
    that said "MEW" on it and reserved. Those were the days.

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    Since I'm having a senior moment, here's a test cause no can remembah. Pagoda hotel had/has one night club. Used to go watch Liz Damon and the Orient Express. Territorial Tavern was another of our faves, already mentioned. Disco at the Oceania. Used to also go listen to Charles KL Davis at the old Kemoo Farm in Wahiawa.

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    Used to love to go to Yacht Harbor Terrace to hear Bob Nelson play.
    I think that's the name, it's that condo building across Ala Moana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leashlaws View Post
    Ahhhhhh, Jubilee. Who can forget Auntie Liza and her faithful pilgrimage
    when the group would play "Hihiwae". I just loved her!

    It was great to always get my seat every week with the little index card
    that said "MEW" on it and reserved. Those were the days.
    Quote Originally Posted by leashlaws View Post
    Used to love to go to Yacht Harbor Terrace to hear Bob Nelson play.
    I think that's the name, it's that condo building across Ala Moana.
    Wow! I loved Auntie Liza too. We all did. And I also went to hear and sing-a-long with Bob at the Yacht Harbor Towers and Willows. He also played for a little while at the American Savings Bank Building where Bob's Big Boys was located.

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    I loved her hat! She always looked so nice walking up to the koa bowl
    from her perch at the bar.

    I got to know Bob by serving him coffee at a job I had many years ago. He
    was the nicest guy. I loved those sing alongs!

    We probably saw each other at Jubes and didn't know! We were always at
    the same table every Friday come rain or come shine and left by 12:30.
    We really loved the waitress Lien, she was a nut and so much fun! I loved
    the staff there! Their fries were really good too! Jubes was the only place we've ever gone to for New Year's Eve, was Led & Ikona.

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    Behind the Eagle Cafe on Nimitz Hwy. used to be a club/room that had years of great rock shows, but can't remember the name. Reminded me of the infamous Pink's/Garage.
    When I went there around 1996 that place behind Eagle's was a bizarre nightclub that showed Betty Page S&M videos on the wall. I think it was an early rave or something. They sold extacy inside at a counter with a window. (Nope, didn't buy) I recall being told that I couldn't bring my beer upstairs. I can't remember the name of that place or was it called Pink's?

    Does anyone know the spelling of the beach where Bobby McGee's was located? It is pronounced "San-sue-see."
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    Quote Originally Posted by PearlCityMike View Post
    Does anyone know the spelling of the beach where Bobby McGee's was located? It is pronounced "San-sue-see."
    That would be San Souci beach.
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    Anybody remember a group called the Nomads? Had about 10 members in it, 8 guys and 2 girls? Circa 1976 or so.

    Aj

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    That would be San Souci beach.
    Or Kaimanas.

    I mourn the passing of Auntie Pastos on Kapahulu -- but certainly not for the food. They would host a weekly hip hop night featuring DJ Grant of Shipley's and Brew Moon (Sunday nights) fame. They once had to close down early because of flooding. No, it wasn't the result of torrential rains. An overenthusiastic couple dislodged a urinal during an extreme PDA. Yes, really.

    Then there was Spy Bar at John Dominis. The fresh flesh on display was enough to make a sushi chef blush. But it was the confluence of differing demographics that was impressive. Here was a venue where wide-eyed college girls would rub elbows with the likes of John DeMello and company. Too bad the guest list read more like a novella.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    That would be San Souci beach.
    Thanks for the info. I did a search and found some photos and remembered the free aquarium (with the colorful fish, seals and electric eel) that we we walked through several times.

    New Otani Kaimana Hotel? Sounds like that got "taken over." Sad. What was the old name of the hotel or was it just called Kaimana?

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    There used to be a bar under a swimming pool, somewhere on the beach at Waikiki. A big glass window was built into the back of the bar, and customers would sit at the bar and watch the legs and torsos of the girls that happened to be in the water at the edge of the pool.

    Like the Pearl City Tavern with its monkeys, but with swimmers, instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    Anybody remember a group called the Nomads? Had about 10 members in it, 8 guys and 2 girls? Circa 1976 or so.

    Aj
    Ahhhh...yes. Da Nomads. Talented family. I watched them perform while working at the Paradise in Pearl Harbor. Yep. At the Enlisted Men's Lounge. I worked the Taco Stand. heheheh

    They could sing and play some Soul Music!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieMisajon View Post
    There used to be a bar under a swimming pool, somewhere on the beach at Waikiki. A big glass window was built into the back of the bar, and customers would sit at the bar and watch the legs and torsos of the girls that happened to be in the water at the edge of the pool.

    Like the Pearl City Tavern with its monkeys, but with swimmers, instead.
    I think that was in the underground parking lot of the Reef Hotel and the club was named Captain Nemo's? I remember Karen Keawehawaii used to perform there after she and the Laughing Kahuna's left Yoko's in Kapahulu.
    The club at Pagoda's was C'est Si Bon?

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