Outrigger Main Showroom – Thanks For The Memories

Nov 25, 2013

Just another memory…

 

Last week Wednesday, the Outrigger Main Showroom was abruptly closed.  SOS – LV had been given the sad news moments after what was their final performance.

 

The Outrigger Main Showroom had a good run – 44 years.  The showroom opened in 1969 and was the home to the Society of Seven – or better known as The SOS.

 

The SOS show was pretty much the standard “after prom” event.  If the SOS wasn’t playing there, The Ali’i took the stage and performed a just-as-awesome show.

 

I remember that some nights when we were in high school and had nothing better to do – when Waikiki was safe – we used to hang out in the lobby of the Outrigger Main Showroom and watch all the “prommies” line up waiting to get in to the next show.  I think it was the 11:00 show, right?  Because the earlier show was a dinner show.

 

There was a time that the show was so popular that on the weekends, there was a 1:00AM show too.  (Like I said – that was the days when Waikiki was safe to walk around at night).

 

Who remembers seeing the Society of Seven?

Outrigger SOS

 

Or how about The Ali’i?  I kinda remember seeing them, but I remember this album more…

 

Outrigger The Aliis

 

And besides the SOS and Ali’i, other bands shared the showroom stage such as Tommy Sands, The Reycards, The Kim Sisters – just to name a few.  And also – The Fabulous Krush.  Remember this record album?

 

Outrigger The Krush
check out those shoes

 

How about The Krush on 8-Track:

 

Outrigger Krush 8-Track

 

I remember when I first went to see a show at the Outrigger Main Showroom.  It was such an experience to see the performers live on stage.  Of course the waitresses knew we were under-age and offered us soda or fruit punch for our two-drink-minimum.  But just to be able to see the tourist on the other tables sipping their umbrella drinks and smoking at their tables – giving the place that true big time showroom feel.  I couldn’t wait to turn 18 and join them – sans the umbrella drinks.

 

Luckily, I was fortunate enough to visit the Outrigger Main Showroom about a year or two ago.  Some of the local musicians got together and created a band called The All-Star Band.  It was on a Sunday night when the showroom is usually “dark”.  The place looked so different to me – after all, it must’ve been at least a couple of decades since I last stepped foot in there.  But I guess that’s to be expected.

 

Word is that the owners plan to renovate the Outrigger Main Showroom and try to get acts that appeal to the younger crowd – much like how the SOS and other shows appealed to us when we used to be the younger crowd.

 

Oh well, be that as it may.  The SOS had a nice long run at the Outrigger Main Showroom – as well as the other acts that shared that stage.  It’s burned in our memories and even though the showroom may not be there or not as we remembered it – it’s memories will always be with us.

 

What are your memories of the Outrigger Main Showroom?  The SOS, The Ali’i, The Fabulous Krush, or even the recent All-Star Band.  Share your stories with us.  After prom dates there.  Maybe a birthday celebration.  Or even an office after-hours get-together.  It was one of, if not thee hottest Hawaii showrooms.

 

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This is it – THIS WEEK FRIDAY!  Seats are selling out fast.

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25 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. superman
    November 25th, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    Management are d$cks. Not even some time to allow SOS to rally fans to come see them off. That is sad.

  2. Mark'75
    November 25th, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    SOS put on such a great show. I have a lot of memories of their music and comedy.
    Welcome to My World
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lu6HQiGRBM

  3. M
    November 25th, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!
    I only saw SOS once after my Jr. prom and I don’t remember much of that night. :lol:

  4. sally
    November 25th, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    SOS + early 70s = Prom
    SOS + 2000s = SOS LV = friends spreading da aloha thru quality entertainment

  5. sally
    November 25th, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    It seems that this is the way to close up business for a lot of venues. Remember TGI Fridays and other places? Employees show up for work to a sign on the door telling them they no longer have a place to earn a paycheck.

    Nothing like showing up for work to be told you no longer have a job.

  6. sally
    November 25th, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    I never was able to see The Aliis nor The Surfers. :(

    Pre-Krush days was at Magic Mushroom when they were The New Experience. The boys from Waialua evolved into a major Waikiki act.

    My BFF and I spent every Wed night at the HHV Garden Bar with all the other weeknight “regulars”. Fun times! We often brought goodies that we baked or simple stuff like musubi bento or just kakimochi and snacks. Our classmate was the bartender and gosh, it was like going to a friend’s house. Even got to know all the mamasan waitresses.

  7. sally
    November 25th, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    After their successful run in Waikiki, most of The Krush guys moved to the mainland and we lost touch over the years.

    UNTIL…

    Thanks to Robin Kimura and the Nightclub Reunion, he brought them home a couple of times. 30+ years later, I was in the lobby at the Ala Moana Hotel and heard my name being called. OMG there they were again, just like they never left! Thankful we were able to spend some time before they left and, grateful for FB to keep in touch.

    You can take the guys out of Waialua but you cannot take Waialua out of the them!

  8. Rodney
    November 25th, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    @sally – The Surfers! I forgot about them! When I hear of the HHV Garden Bar – I immediately think of Liz Damon and the Orient Express. I remember the picture of them on stage at the Garden Bar on the 1900 Yesterday album.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-cZKASikL.jpg

  9. Rodney
    November 25th, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Dayton Arima shared how Hawaii News Now did a story about the Outrigger’s Main Showroom shutting down and of all videos, they show this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXCYOXqmBsw

    It’s not even one of the regular acts that normally played there. In fact, this is the All Star Band that I mentioned in my story!

    Dayton, Naka, Shar, Devon, Key, and friends get their 5 minutes of fame!

  10. sally
    November 25th, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Yes Yes! Carole Kai too! We used to sit outside on the sand and watch the shows.

    My neighbor down the street sang backup for Liz Damon. Lynn and her husband now own Krazy Karaoke.

    Lynn could always be heard singing (practicing) whenever I walked past their house on my way to Japanese School. Her specialty… Japanese songs.

  11. sally
    November 25th, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    There’s a story there with Outrigger, not sure I even want to know what it is.

    Outrigger says “”renovations in 2014, likely with a new production or show format.”

    Outrigger must think Hawaii people have short memories. We’ll see what happens in 2014. IF (and that’s a big IF) a new show band crops up, how loyal will they be to Outrigger, knowing that there is this history of management style?

    And yes, Rod, that’s a kick in the head to SOS for using a vid of a different event. Does not matter all the talent in the All Star Band, yes they are awesome but SOS was the main act.

    Hawaii’s music scene is a tight community with a loyal following. Just saying.

  12. Masako
    November 25th, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    A group of us went to see the Krush there in high school.

  13. Kage
    November 25th, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I do not believe I ever went to the Outrigger Showroom.

  14. dihudfan
    November 25th, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    remembah going to several of the SOS shows, always entertaining, a bunch of talented guys that love to be on stage… the Surfers and Alii’s were good too…
    helped one of my friends move into a new home along side the Hawaii Kai hill side… front of the home wuz on an incline and the back wuz nice and flat… he wuz kinda lucky cuz his uncle wuz working down the road, grading out the new lots… and he asked if he wanted good top soil to level out his back yard, but he had to drive over thru about 3 or 4 neighbors yard to dump the dirt… so he asked all the neighbors and asked all of them if they wanted top soil dumped in their yards, for permission to travel thru their yards… of course all agreed… one of his neighbors wuz one of the SOS members…

  15. volleymom2
    November 25th, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    My parents used to go out with 2 other couples to see the Alliis and the Surfers. By the time I got to highschool, I dont know if they still played in Waikiki.. except for the SOS. I saw them after going to parties and into Waikiki to see SOS on graduation night. I have since see them a couple years ago when Jasmine Trias was singing with them (my student). Those were the good old days, you can sit on the beach at night and hear them playing, and it was still safe. Liz Damon came to my school to perform, I forget what year.. but i loved her songs! Whatever happened to her?

  16. Steve
    November 25th, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Hi Rodney:

    I just wanted to add a little trivia that you might find interesting.

    45 years ago, in June of 1968, Tommy Sands was the first performer to perform at the then new Main Showroom of the Outrigger Hotel. In April of 1969, Tommy took a well deserved 7 week vacation. It was at that time that The Society Of Seven made their debut at the Showroom, substituting for Tommy until he returned. The lineup in the SOS in 1969 was made up of Tony Ruivivar, Danny Ruivivar, Roberto Nievera, Bert Sagum, Terry Lucido, Don Gay and Stan Robertson.

  17. Mark'75
    November 25th, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    SOS was such a versatile band, playing Hawaiian music, jazz, rock, big brass sounds that were popular in the early 70s, Sinatra, etc. Was funny to see Bert dressed in drag, doing an impression of a female star AND sounding like her!

  18. Rodney
    November 25th, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    @Steve – Thanks for the info on the Outrigger Main Showroom.

    *Without looking it up – anyone know what the name of the Society of Seven was before they became the SOS?

  19. Rodney
    November 25th, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    For a bit – I used to work with Bert Sagum’s daughter. Once you heard her last name of Sagum – you immediately knew that she was Bert’s daughter.

  20. Rodney
    November 25th, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    This SOS album introduced me to “Flashback” music.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c199HnvA3A

  21. M
    November 26th, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!

  22. Steve
    November 26th, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    @Rodney:

    The Society Of Seven were originally known as The Fabulous Echoes. In the fall of 1965, they performed at a club named The Copacabana that was located at the corner of McCully Street and Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. In 1966 or 1967, they performed at a club named Duke Kahanamoku’s that was located in the International Market Place in Waikiki. They filled in for Don Ho, who I believe was on a mainland concert tour at that time.

  23. Rodney
    November 26th, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Thanks for the info Steve.

  24. M
    November 27th, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Guud morning MLCers :!:

  25. fishhead
    November 27th, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Rod/MLCers,
    Happy Thanksgivings.