Out on the Town in Hawaii

Last week we did something that we haven’t been able to do for a long time…go see live music. Back in the day I was all about going dancing and hearing the music play, but as I get older, I prefer to just sit back with a cocktail and listen to the band.

I love going to see a band play in Hawaii. It is like nothing else I have seen on the mainland. The small club atmosphere here almost turns into a backyard sing along. Everyone seems to know everyone else. Members of the band shout greetings from the stage, people start to dance hula when a certain song comes one and if another musician is in the house that night…they will probably be asked to come sing a song or two. There is only one word for it…Aloha.

When I moved here, I wondered if Aloha was still a thing. It means more than just hello, goodbye and I love you, Aloha is a way of life. It is so complex and simple at the same time. Some words that define it are love, affection, gratitude, and kindness. I did quite a lot of research before I moved here. I wanted to make sure I didn’t look like a complete tourist. I moved here and I wanted to fit in. Other mainland transplants I met when I got here complained about how the locals treat people and how they thought Aloha was gone, but that has not been my experience at all. I have received only kindness from the people here.

I remember the first time I went to see my friend, James, play at a club here. I hadn’t been here very long, maybe a few months. He told the crowd the next song was for a new friend that just moved here. He pointed at me and laughed knowing I was a little embarrassed. The next thing I know, people are stopping by the table on the way to the bar to welcome me to the islands and asking where I am from and what brought me here. I was blown away. You would never see this kind of welcome where I come from, maybe in the south where hospitality is part of most people’s DNA, but not anywhere else.

Last Thursday brought back the same feeling from my first club visit nearly 10 years ago. We went to see James play and sat with his cousin. He knows everybody, so there was a steady stream of people passing the table to say hello. As he introduced us, I was struck again at the different way things are done here. You don’t just get a hello and a handshake or nod of the head. You get a warm greeting and a kiss on the cheek, more like you are greeting an old friend, not a first time introduction.

The difference between seeing local bands here and seeing bands anywhere else is this…at the end of the night anywhere else, you go home having seen a great show and that is it. When you leave a club here after a night, you still go home having seen a great show, but you feel like you been with family (in a good way, LOL), even if you didn’t know anyone else in the room. That is Aloha. I can’t wait to go hang out again.

***Question for the comments…Do you go watch bands play in small clubs? How does the atmosphere make you feel?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

11 thoughts on “Out on the Town in Hawaii

  1. Sounds like fun! I remember many times being with a man at a bar or at a restaurant or party, where everyone knew him. They did all but kiss his ring. (A few actually did! 😁) They were fun. So there is “aloha”, even in Joisey.

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  2. Haven’t done it in a while but I was thinking we could hit celebs on a night I’m not working and watch for a change…hahaha I heard dukes goes live too and my friends play at that beach grill by the aquarium on sundays…they start at noon

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  3. I echo you Tracie, being a transplant myself. I went to a concert at the Shell a couple of weeks ago and was introduced to many new people who all kissed and hugged me right away… it felt European but with a Hawaiian twist, just the kiss on one cheek and an Aloha smile, like you said, indicating welcome to the family!

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  4. Not been to Hawai’i in forever. Had a bud, a for real doctor I met there. After ten years, several viz to spend time with me and Boss. he got all doctor-ish. We (I) drifted. He lived with a bedroom window facing the volcano. Best recollections of the islands are four seasons in the same day, and the best damned Mai Tai i’ve ever had in my life.

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