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New for 2018 Aloha State Festival Hawaii Tour

* New Condo *  We are using the Aston Waikiki Sunset.  A one-bedroom unit with living room, kitchen, and full bath featuring casual, Hawaiian-style condo living

* New Airport Transfers *

* New Attractions on the Chartered Bus Tour * We will keep the Pali Lookout and the Portuguese Doughnut stop (of course), but we are featuring new stops selected by Buddy Weaver - a native of Oahu.

* New Staff * We welcome GARY SHOEMAKE to the regular staff

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Who is sponsoring the Festival?  

For many years the Aloha Festival was put on by the Hawaii Federation of Clubs, now the event is sponsored by the Hi Hopes/Maui Mixers Square Dance Club (a member of the Hawaii Federation).

2.  Where are we dancing?

The Ala Wai Palladium in Waikiki.  A beautiful dance facility with wood floor and air-conditioning.

3.  What is the requested attire?

Day-time casual and night-time dressy.  Many visitors to the Hawaii choose dressy aloha wear for evening attire. 

4.  What is the escorted tour?

Ken Bower and Buddy Weaver have arranged for 6-nights accommodation at the Aston Waikiki Sunset, a one-bedroom condo which is one block from Waikiki Beach featuring casual, Hawaiian-style condo living.  Also include is the following itinerary 

Tour #1

Monday, January 29 - Arrive HNL during the day.  That night we will have a walking tour of Waikiki.  No-host dinner too.

Tuesday, January 30 - Charter Motor Coach of Oahu with stops selected by Buddy Weaver, a native of Oahu.  We will dance at the Pali Lookout and you can become a member of the "Pali Twirlers".  Tonight we will enjoy a Sunset Dinner Cruise off the shores of Oahu.

Wednesday, January 31 - Bus trip to Arizona Memorial and Aloha Swap Meet during the day.  Dancing at the Trails In Dance that night.

Thursday, February 1 - Day time at leisure.  Dancing at night with the staff at the Aloha State Festival

Friday, February 2 - Day and night dancing with the staff

Saturday, February 3 - Day time dancing with the staff.  Night time dance with Buddy Weaver, Ken Bower and Dan Drumheller.  Folks on the cruise will board following afternoon dancing at the Aloha State Festival.

Sunday, February 4 - Depart HNL with wonderful memories of Hawaii

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Tour #2

Saturday, February 3 - Board NCL Pride of America.  Set sail at sunset.  A private party this evening.

Sunday, February 4 - arrive on the island of Maui in the port of Wailuku.  We will be here for two days with many tours available or have a rental car waiting for you.  Tonight we plan to dance with Maui dancers on shore.

Monday, February 5 - day time on Maui, leaving port at sunset.  Tonight will be a dance after dinner.

Tuesday, February 6 - arrive on the Big Island in the port of Hilo.  The Volcano National Park is outside of town along with many local attractions.  Plan for an early start for a full day.  We leave port at sunset and will dance tonight after dinner.

Wednesday, February 7 - arrive on the Big Island in the port of Kona.  A great sea shore town with lots of small stores.  We leave port at sunset and will dance tonight after dinner.

Thursday, February 8 - arrive on the island of Kauai in the port of Lihue.  Lots to see on this island including the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific".  We will be here for two days. Dancing tonight after dinner.

Friday, February 9 - day time on Kauai, leaving port at sunset.  As we depart we will dance before dinner and go over check-out procedures.  We'll go to dinner for the group and share our new experiences with new friends.

Saturday, February 10 - disembark our ship and transfer to the airport via shuttle.  We may leave Hawaii but Hawaii never leaves us.

5.  Are there shuttles for dancers going to the Aloha Festival?

Only folks on the escorted tour are provided with transportation.  There is ample, free parking at the Palladium.

6.  Can I register and pay at the door?

There will be no cash accepted at the door.  This is to be in compliance with City of Honolulu regulations.  Please either mail in your registration OR register on-line. 

7.  Can I pay with my credit card?

YES.  Send us an email and we will reply with an invoice where you may use your credit card.


Land Package

Full refund until November 1, 2017.  After that the following restrictions apply:

After November 3, 2017 - a two-night hotel deposit is not refundable

After January 15, 2018 - a three-night hotel deposit is not refundable

Within 72 hours - no refund is available

Cruise Package

Up to November 3, 2017 - fully refundable

November 4- November 19 - 25% cancellation fee

November 20-December 2 - 50% cancellation fee

December 3-January 2 - 75% cancellation fee

After January 3, 2018 - no refund is available


Register for the dance package on-line