Monday Night Swing and FUNdamentals Classes


New Hilo Hep Cats classes begin Monday, May 8 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) Classes will run through June 19 (no class on Memorial Day, May 29).

Six week session for $35; discounts for multiple classes or if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10. No partner needed.

7:00 p.m. FUNdamental Dance Techniques: Angela and Mike will teach a variety of skills applicable to partnered social dancing in general and Lindy Hop in particular. Dancers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome—experienced dancers will be challenged to improve their technique while beginners will gain new insights.  There will be themes such as musicality, floorcraft, stealing games, creative movement, matching your partner, and more—the intent is to get you more comfortable and creative on the dance floor.  

8:00 p.m. Beginning 8 Count Lindy Hop: Learn the iconic move of Lindy Hop--the swingout--and other essential moves from Angela. Beginners are welcome; students who have taken 6-Count Lindy or another swing style (e.g., East Coast Swing) will have a head start.  

Tuesday Night Balboa Classes


New Hilo Hep Cats Balboa classes begin Tuesday, May 9 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) Classes will run through June 20 (no class May 30).
Six week session for $35; discounts for multiple classes or if you bring a new student. $10 drop-in per class. No partner needed.

7:00 p.m. Balboa 2: Mike will introduce the essentials of Bal-Swing, including open moves such as Lollies. Students should have experience with pure Balboa.


Swinging Saturday at the Elks

Repeats every month on the Saturday and on the Saturday until Sun Dec 17 2017 .
Sat, 12/03/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/17/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 01/07/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 01/21/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 02/04/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 03/04/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 03/18/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/20/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/17/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/05/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 09/02/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/07/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 11/04/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
The Hilo Hep Cats host an introductory swing lesson followed by a DJ'd dance party every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Hilo Elks Lodge, 7-10 p.m.!  Bring a copy or photo of the poster on the left to get your first night free--and please print and post the poster somewhere public so everyone knows about our Swinging Saturdays and can join in the fun.

June 17: Dance-abration for Alzheimers!  Experience a variety of different dance styles from local instructors for a fun, active night which benefits the local Alzheimer’s Association.  This special event is part of the national The Longest Day campaign to honor caregivers.  Cosponsored by the Hilo Elks Lodge.  Expect brief lessons in Bachata, Cross-Step Waltz, ‘20s Charleston and International Folk Dance! Taster lessons and open dancing to a variety of tunes from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Entry $15-$20 sliding scale.(We are looking for more help staffing the door; please contact if you’d like to volunteer for a shift and get in to the event for free.)


July 1: Join us DOWNSTAIRS for a beginner-friendly lesson at 7:00, followed by DJ'ed dance music from 8:00-10:00 in varying tempos for Swing, Blues and Balboa. Special pricing for Downstairs Swinging Saturdays: entry is sliding scale $5-$10, or $3 with a pupu.

The Hilo Elks Lodge is at 150 Kinoole Street in downtown Hilo, but the parking and entrance is in the back, off Ululani Street (just past the YWCA, which is on the corner of Haili and Ululani.)  No partner needed--but bring a friend anyway!

NOTE:  all participants in Swinging Saturdays are guests of the Elks, which is a private club.  One or more host Elks will always be in attendance at our events.  Be assured that everyone who comes is welcome and will be hosted by an Elk.

Can you believe it?  We’ve entered the 4th year of Swinging Saturdays at the Elks—and they’re getting more fun all the time!

In honor of our anniversary, we are offering SPECIAL REDUCED RATES for Swinging Saturdays when they are held DOWNSTAIRS AT THE ELKS, from March through August of this year. Regular entry for downstairs is now $5-$10 (sliding scale; pay what’s right for you!), and if you bring a pupu you pay only $3.  The first-night-free passes still apply and kids 12 and under are always free.  Come join us! We are usually downstairs at the Elks on the 1st Saturday of each month.

Your first night is free!  Bring one of the cards we've been distributing, or print out the card at left (or an image on your phone). Yes, this deal applies even to our special theme nights.

Jazztones at Wainaku Executive Center

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 17:00 - 20:00

The Jazztones play at Wainaku Executive Center!  Free jazzy dance music on the lanai with a gorgeous view of Hilo Bay at sunset, 5:00-8:00.  Drinks and pupu available for purchase; please tip the band.  The Wainaku Executive Center is at 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road, just outside Hilo toward Honoka’a; turn makai at the big white gate.


Jazz Mele at Hilo Town Tavern

Repeats every month on the Saturday until Sun Jun 25 2017 .
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 05/27/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00

Saturday, June 24 - JAZZ MELE at The Hilo Town Tavern - 6:00-9:00

JAZZ MELE at the Hilo Town Tavern 6:00-9:00.  Please join Lou Ann - vocals, Alex Czerny - piano, Jeff Gaeth - sax, Gonzo - bass.

Good fun guaranteed!

The Hilo Town Tavern

Hilo's hottest getaway for live music!
168 Keawe St.   935-2171
Full Bar!  Chicken Wings, Nachos, Salads & More!  Dancing! No Cover!



Hilo Hep Cats are now on Twitter!

The Hilo Hep Cats' Twitter account just went live!  Along with our email lists, website, Facebook page and Facebook group, Hep Cats on Twitter is yet another way to get the latest Hawaii Island dance news, as well as cool dance videos and other fun stuff!

Our Twitter handle is @HiloSwing; even if you don't have a Twitter account you can access the latest Hep Cats tweets at

Hilo Hep Cats on Facebook!

There are two options for connecting with us on Facebook:

Either way, you'll get updated information on our events and activities. Check it out!


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