Hawaiian Style in Chicago

Can’t get to Hawaii this summer? So, why not experience the spirit of Aloha here in the Windy City. Check out these great finds!

  • Learn some ancient or modern Hula from  Halau i Ka Pono, a Hula school based in Oak Park. They even go beyond as to teach the spiritual practice of Hula in Meditation, La’au Lapa’au (“study of healing through spirituality and native Hawaiian medicinal plants”) and Reiki.
  • Ohana Entertainment offer authentic Polynesian entertainment for your parties. They also teach Hula and Tahitian dance classes.
  • Bring the tropical sounds to your private luau events. Check out Windy City Islanders and enjoy samples of their music.
  • Merve Papa of Aloha Brush Art is an artist that makes tropical island style like calligraphy of your name.
  • Hungry? Check out Aloha Eats for some Spam Musubi, Tofu Katsu and more…
  • The Raging Waves “Hot Summer Nights” series continues with a Luau Night on Thursday, July 22. Guests can secure a $4 discount on a full-day admission by saying “aloha” at the ticket window. The day’s activities include mini luau food specials, and live music from 4:30 – 7 p.m. by A Bunch of Coconuts. More information about the Luau Night can be found at http://www.ragingwaves.com/events.html.


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MJ Tam

Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

2 thoughts on “Hawaiian Style in Chicago

  • November 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Ah, I was hoping to hear that an actual Hawaiian restaurant opened up in Chicago. That’s definitely one genre we are missing here.

    • December 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

      You’re so right! Will definitely be on a lookout. Let us know when you find any as well.


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