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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Oktoberfest in Hawaii

Oktoberfest in Hawaii

It’s that time of year when it's okay to dance like a chicken and when drinking contests can be enjoyed by young—and, the old. It’s a night of singing songs, dancing to the polka and drinking Hefeweizen and Jagermeister, while toasting “Ein Prosit” unintelligibly all night long.

It’s Oktoberfest in Hawaii, and worth checking out if you haven’t had a chance to experience a party like this before.

The Hale Koa Hotel features live bands that take over the stage, while people dressed in costume dance on the floor. The food is German: large servings of smoked porkloin with sauerkraut, half chickens, sausages and potato dumplings. And, waitresses walk around with shot glasses attached to a gun belt, ready to pour you some of the German brandies holstered at their waists. All ages. Hale Koa Hotel, September 30 and October 3, 5 to 10:30 p.m., $10 per person, food and drink purchased separately, 955-0555.

On Saturday, October 16, Shriners Hospital is throwing an Oktoberfest fundraiser at Gordon Biersch with live bands, German food and drinks. Or, if you’re looking for the food and not a big party, visit Gordon Biersch any other day of the week until mid-October for its special Oktoberfest menu. All ages, $25, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Aloha Tower Marketplace, for tickets and information, visit

If you’re just looking for a good reason to drink beer, visit Pearl on October 5 for its Oktoberfest celebration with $12 beer buckets and happy hour all night. 21+, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Ala Moana Center, 3rd Floor.

 Zicke, Zacke, Zicke, Zacke, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!

Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010 in Permalink

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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