Salsa - Oahu

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Covid Warning: This info could change at any time due to covid (call the venue first). This info was last updated Apr 9, 2021


Oahu is an island of about 1 million, so there is a salsa scene, but it's quite modest. I guess people on Oahu are more drawn to Fire Dancing (which has an amazing scence!). Due to covid, most salsa places are closed, but there's a few places opening up if you want to learn, or want to dance (with masks). Also be warned that unlike other places.... Hawaii just doesn't stay open late, so if you show up at 11pm (as people do in other cities), the place may have closed 2 hours ago!


Websites

... couldn't find anything up to date.


Oahu Dance Timetable

It's pretty sparse!

  • Mondays: .......... SurfJack every 1st & 3rd Monday @ 6:00-9:00pm.
  • Tuesday: ........... Gordon teaches small free lessons near Queens Beach (the bandstand in the park). * message me for his number, he is old school.
  • Wednesday: ..... Shorefyre - International Marketplace live salsa band @ 6:00-8:00pm.
  • Thursday: ........ I don't know anywhere
  • Friday: .............. I don't know anywhere
  • Saturday: .......... I don't know anywhere
  • Sunday: ............ I don't know anywhere

If you find out about anything, please email me! andrew.noskeATSIGNgmail.com


Salsa Events/Venues in Honolulu

Name Location Evaluation / Times

WAKIKI

Moved there Dec 2020


SurfJack

SurfJack

****-

412 Lewers St
Honolulu, (Wakiki)

Evaluation: Lovely restaurant by a pool, with a tucked away area to dance. They set up little X's for 6 couples to dance inside (with masks), and you can overflow into the pool area (for maybe 6 more couples), but it's harder to hear the DJ outside. Still a really fun vibe. Entry is I think $15 or "free" if you buy food and drinks. They have decent happy hours, and they also police the social distancing pretty nicely - if you don't dance on your designated spot the bouncer will say something. Fair warning, they seem to play more bachata than salsa.

Open: Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month (call 808-923-8882 to check) 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Arrive before 6 to get a good table near the action.

Surfjacks...(see video)



Gordon's free classes @ the Bandstand!

Gordon's free classes @ the Bandstand!

****-

Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand, 2686-2882 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, (Wakiki)

Evaluation: Gordon Walker is pretty old school (he's not on the social media), so text me for his number, but if you like free lessons and building community, he's the one that told me about the salsa events, and his lessons are pretty darn good! Think easy-intermediate... if you're a total beginner he's very accommodating.

Open: Tuesdays 5:30-sunset

Gordon's class



Sakura Arts Collective - special events

Sakura Arts Collective - special events

*****

184 N King St, Honolulu
Honolulu, (Downtown)

Evaluation: The magical Mayu runs this place, and they have all kinds of yoga events! During covid it all died down, and is masked dancing only, but occaisionally you might see a batchata or latin event on their calendar. Don't miss their Batchata events, they are amazing! Great people, great atmophere.

Open: Maybe once a month, check calendar - but all kind of yoga events if most days.

"Batchata Essence" event... really fun. You must wear masks, which is good.




Cancelled / Expired Salsa / Venues

Name Location Evaluation / Times

WAKIKI

Moved there Dec 2020


Shorefyre - International Marketplace

Shorefyre - International Marketplace

****-

International Marketplace, 2330 Kalakaua Ave Suite 396 (level 3)
Honolulu, (Wakiki)

Evaluation: Just above the Telsa store in touristy Wakiki (take the elevator to level 3) is this wonderful outdoor restaurant that has an amazing live salsa band every Wednesday. You'll need to book online (eventbrite link) to reserve a table outside ($15 each and a minimum of 5 people), else you simply won't get in (it's a popular restaurant for tourists). The outside area isn't huge, you're kind of dancing between tables with your masks on. The music is great! Be sure to arrive 6 sharp, and you might even consider eating a little first or arrive early to enjoy the happy hour food ($30 gets you 4 nice tapas plates) and drinks without cutting into dance time. At 8pm you'll porbably wish you could dance later... and the fun thing is that there's an unofficial afterparty on the beach near the Lagoon & Gilligan's beach shack... just a few fun people with a speaker system dancing outside on the grass. Good people and good vibes. WARNING: Sadly the dancing was prohibited on April 28, 2021.... so it's still good music, but for most of us not worth $15 if we can't dance. Maybe in a few months it will come back on again.

Open: Every Wednesday from 6-8 (so only 2 hours).

Shorefyre...(see video)



Links

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Acknowledgements: Gordon Walker for starting salsa lessons, and letting myself and at least three of my friends about the events that are going on! Without Gordon I would have no idea about any of these events, because most of my Google searches show very outdated (pre-covid) salsa information. Thanks Gordon!