Monday Night Swing Classes


New Hilo Hep Cats’ Lindy Hop lessons begin Monday, November 7 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) The 6 week series runs through December 12.

Six week session for $35; $10 to drop in for one class.

7:00 p.m. Intermediate Lindy Hopfor those comfortable with the swingout; learn new moves while focusing on connection, momentum and technique. 

8:00 p.m. Beginner-Plus Lindy Hop, for dancers who have been introduced to the swingout. We'll continue practicing swingout turns and other 8 count moves.


Jazz Mele at Hilo Town Tavern

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Jazz Mele plays a special Friday gig at Hilo Town Tavern! Dance music from 6:00-9:00; no cover, but please tip the band!  168 Keawe Street in downtown Hilo; 808-935-2171.
Full bar; wings, nachos, burgers, salads and more!  Jazz Mele plays classic jazz standards, swing, latin, boogie-woogie and jump blues.  It’s always a great party!

Swinging Saturday at the Elks

Repeats every month on the Saturday and on the Saturday until Sun Dec 18 2016 except Sat Jan 02 2016, Sat Sep 03 2016.
Sat, 04/02/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/21/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/04/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/18/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/02/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/16/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/06/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/20/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 09/17/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/01/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/15/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 11/05/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 11/19/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/03/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/17/2016 - 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.
December 3: Join us DOWNSTAIRS at 7:00 p.m. for a beginner-friendly swing dance lesson, and stay from 8:00-10:00 for DJ'ed dance music!  Regular entry sliding scale $8-$15, or only $5 if you bring a pupu to share.  Kids 12 and under are always free, and if this is your first Swinging Saturday, bring an image of the pass at left to get in free.
December 17: The Hep Cats’ Christmas Party featuring live music by The Jazztones!  For this Swinging Saturday at the Elks, we will be UPSTAIRS to enjoy the spacious dance floor.  Enjoy a beginner-friendly lesson at 7:00 followed by great live dance music from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. plus some fun and holiday games.  For this event, The Jazztones will feature JP Thoma, Hal Glatzer and friends.  The Hilo Elks Lodge is at 150 Kino’ole Street; park in the Elk’s lot in back, off Ululani Street, and come upstairs. No experience or partner needed.  Sliding scale entry $10-$20, whatever’s right for you (the band thanks you!).  Only $5 with a pupu.  Kids 12 and under always free. The Elks is a non-smoking venue.  If this is your first Swinging Saturday, bring a copy of the pass at left to get in free.  


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.

PRICING OPTIONS for Swinging Saturday:

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.
Discount if you bring a pupu to share!  Your entry is only $5 if you bring a goodie for our snack table.
Regular entry is by sliding scale, $8-$15, whatever is right for you. Kids 12 and under are always free.


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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