History

(This page last updated Fri, Sept 22nd, 2017 at 11:45pm)

MERMAIDS HAWAII HISTORY

Ψ In 1969, a group of lovely of MERMAIDS gathered to glamorize International Diving School’s skin & scuba diving demonstrations at the Hawai‘i Kai Rec Center (we returned there in March 2008 to swim “Mermaids & Pirates”). Then, Bill Edwards wanted an underwater ballet for Cec Heftel’s Rodeway Inn, which became the Hawaiian Inn, then the Hawai‘i Dynasty, & now is the Holiday Inn Waikīkī.

Ψ The underwater ballet continued for several years at the Outrigger Hotel, Oceanarium, & with the U.S. Navy’s diving equipment demonstrations for Hale‘iwa Sea Spree, Pearl Harbor Youth Carnival, Armed Forces Day, 50th State Fair, and the 4th of July. Imua Hawai‘i saw the mermaids swimming for Hawaiian Inn parties & created the “Mermaid Luau” at Sea Life Park around us; we got to swim with the fishes, turtles, sea lions, & dolphins.

Ψ Our mermaids have been sited at the Hawai‘i Maritime Center, Atlantis Submarines Grand Opening, Aloha Tower Fountain, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Waterfall, Queens Beach, Diamond Head Beach Park, Ye Olde World Faire, & under the Glass Bottom Boat.

Ψ Wintertime 1971 came, MERMAIDS HAWAI‘I presented our 1st Annual Free Christmas Water Show of synchronized swimming at the Hawaiian Inn. We started our Summertime Shows there the following summer. We swam many shows there throughout our 1st 31 years.

Ψ We’ve swum water shows at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Kahi Mohala, Hawai‘i School for the Deaf & Blind, Muscular Dystrophy and Easter Seals Camps, & for Special Olympics at Kaiser High School, & for a Special Ed Class at Kalani High.

Ψ Weʻve swum in the Honolulu Zooʻs Tiger Pool & Alligator River & for the Waikīkī Aquariumʻs 75th Anniversary in the old Seal Pool.

Ψ For Senior Citizens, weʻve performed at the Sr Olympics at Kalani High School, Arcadia Retirement Residence, Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, One Kalākaua Senior Living, & Pōhai Nani.

Ψ Weʻve also swum at several condominiums (Kukui Plaza, The Magellan, Queen Lili‘uokalani Gardens), at many private homes (including the Gingerbread House in Kahala), for several Century 21 Open Houses, & at recreation centers in ‘Ewa by Gentry, Foster Village, & Mililani. Several of us have swum for friends & family on the mainland.

Ψ Hotels, on O‘ahu & Neighbor Islands, where weʻve performed include the Hilton Hawaiian Village (Ocean & Rainbow Towers, Super Pool, & off their Catamaran), ‘Ilikai, Imperial Hawai‘i, Hotel Miramar Hawai‘i, Kuilima, Princess Ka‘iulani, Ala Moana Americana, Waiohai (Kaua‘i), Maui Marriott, Sheratons (Waikīkī, Kaua‘i, Waikoloa, and Moloka‘i), Maui Embassy Suites, & 3 different Waikīkī Holiday Inns.

Ψ  Other performances have been at the Makani Kai Yacht Center, Waikīkī Yacht Club, Elks Club, Honolulu International Country Club, & O‘ahu Country Club; Makalapa Pool (Navy), Fort Shafter Officers Club (Army), Hale‘iwa Harbor, Sans Souci, & Ala Moana Beach Parkʻs Magic Island.

Ψ Weʻve performed &/or taught at several Ys: Oʻahu YWCA on Richards Street, & YMCAs (Armed Forces, Leeward, Nu‘uanu, Mililani, Waialae, & Windward). Our new home-pool, warm & wonderful, is at the Windward YMCA. Weʻve performed at the Hawai‘i School For Girls & for the Boy Scouts of America.

Ψ  Weʻve also performed &/or taught classes for the C & C of Honolulu at Booth in Pauoa, Kailua, Kalihi, Kapāolono, Pālolo, Mānoa, Makiki, Salt Lake & Waipahu.

Ψ Our repertoire includes numerous routines choreographed to many kinds of music.  Given enough time, we might be able to create “something special”. So, if you, or someone you know, would like a unique show, day or night, for all ages, all seasons, any reason; call 808-864-8122.

Ψ  If you would like to learn synchro or perform with us, visit www.mermaidshawaii.com or call 808-864-8122.