"Aloha nui loa" from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch! We just held our 36th HAWAIIAN WEEKEND OF SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING. Check back here to learn about our next Aloha Winter Weekend, taking place February 13, 14 & 15, 2015. Meanwhile, read about our event-filled weekend of dance lessons and social dancing, including a ceilidh and LIVE MUSIC.
The fun begins on Friday evening, February 13th, 2015, with a social dance. The weekend also includes dance classes on Saturday and Sunday, a dinner and dance on Saturday evening, and a "hang-loose" ceilidh Sunday evening. There will be live music for classes and the two social dances, provided by The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a and Strathspey Society Band. We are pleased that Linda Henderson will be our Guest Instructor for this weekend.
The Band: Bruce, Patti & David were at a Scottish Dance Week on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, when they started to play together. Finding like-minded fiddler Heather was easy. Adopting the state fish of Hawaii as their mascot, the Humus were born. "As far as we know, we are the world's best Hawaiian-themed Scottish music band." They also play for Ceilidh dancing, English dance, Contra and even play acoustic folk-rock songs for weddings & parties. This band has honored the Hawaii Branch by playing at our Aloha Weekend Workshops in Honolulu every year since 2007, and are a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!
Tentative Schedule (based on AWW 2014 events):
Friday February 13, 5:00 - 8:30 pm: “ Pupus” (light supper) & Social dance.
Saturday February 14, 9:00 am - noon and 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Classes at the Ala Wai Golf Course Multi-Function Facility (Palladium): 404 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu. Breakfast will be served at 8:30, and lunch served at noon.
5:00 pm: Dinner and Semi-formal Dance. Location to be announced.
Sunday, February 15, 9:30 am - 11:30 am: Class at the Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom.
5:30 - 9:00 pm: Ceilidh
Tentative Fee Schedule: (based on 2014 AWW) The price for the complete event is US$ 160 for RSCDS members, and US$ 180 for non-members. This fee includes a light supper at the Friday night social dance, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Saturday evening dinner, Sunday light breakfast, and dinner at the Sunday evening ceilidh. You or your non-dancing guest may also attend select events for prorated prices (these will be on the registration form).
Accommodations: We recommend the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, located at the east end of Waikiki. It has reasonable rates and is within walking distance of the weekend classes. However, booking through the internet you may find excellent rates elsewhere, but remember that if you are walking to classes the route is shortest at the east end of Waikiki near Kapahulu Ave. For questions contact Bruce McEwan, telephone 808-538-7707, or Melissa Lindsay, telephone 808-256-3347.
Registration deadline is January 15th, 2015. Certain of the events are limited in the number of attendees, so please register early.
Last year's social dances
Friday Evening Dances
Joie de Vivre
Miss Milligan’s Strathspey
Black Mountain Reel
It’s Nae Bother
Follow Me Home
MacDonald of the Isles
The Lea Rig
De’il Amang the Tailors
Saturday Evening Dances
Mrs. Stewart’s Jig
Laird of Milton’s Daughter
Miss Gibson’s Strathspey
The White Heather Jig
Reel of the 51st Division
The Saturday evening program will also include two dances taught during the Saturday class.