Karaoke in Hawaii is wildly popular. From a highly rated local karaoke Television show to a plethora of Karaoke establishments, it’s easy to find a place to “sing your heart out”.
One favorite destination is the Shore Bird in the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Nightly from 9:30 until closing they offer FREE karaoke, along with a tasty late night menu and affordable late night happy hour drink specials. People from Hawaii and all over the world get together at the “Bird” to share songs, laughs and good times.
Unlike dark dingy karaoke bars, the Shore Bird is open, airy, and located right on the beach. Featuring a song selection of over 1,000 titles, you’re also encouraged to bring your own. Sam and Gary host the festivities and keep things moving and entertaining. There is also a nightly karaoke contest with great prizes.
Our recent most requested songs are “Friends in Low Places”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”. Judged on crowd reaction the most butchered songs have been “Love Shack”, “La Bamba”, Friends in Low Places” and “Summer Nights”.
Karaoke came to the islands via Japan where some say it started in the city of Kobe about 30 years ago. Karaoke is a word formed from putting two Japanese words together. “Kara” that comes from Karappo and means empty and “Oke”, shortened from Okesutura meaning “orchestra”. So Karaoke means “empty orchestra”
Some say that it was already known far before, between 1950 and 1960, and that it began with an American TV-show. According to that version TV viewers sang along following a ball jumping above the song text on their TV-screen. Shows like Sing Along With Mitch epitomized such programs.
Karaoke is a great way to relax and blow off steam. Next time you’re in the mood, come down to the Shore Bird, have a few drinks, enjoy great food and belt out or butcher a few.