2018 Workshop

    “Aloha nui loa” from the RSCDS Hawaii Branch! 

Our next Aloha winter Weekend will take place February 14-16, 2020.  Stay tuned for details.

You can read about our 2018 weekend here:

The fun begins on Friday evening with a social dance, SCD dance classes on Saturday and Sunday, a dinner and dance on Saturday evening, and a “hang-loose” ceilidh Sunday evening. Live music for classes and the two social dances is provided by The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and Strathspey Society Band.   Our Guest Instructor for this weekend will be Mary Murray from Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


Originally from Stirlingshire, Scotland, Mary Murray was introduced to Scottish Country Dancing at Larbert High School and, as a member of the school team, participated in a few competitive SCD festivals in Central Scotland.

After leaving school, she joined the Falkirk Branch of the RSCDS and, as a member of the demonstration group, participated in a few international music and dance festivals in various countries in Europe; Italy, Germany, Belgium and France. When she married, she moved to Edinburgh and danced with the Branch demonstration team there for a few years before departing for Canada.

Since arriving in Canada in the late 60’s, Mary has been involved actively with the Vancouver Branch of the Society. This has included teaching all levels of classes, directing the Branch demonstration group and also conducting numerous teacher candidate courses for the Vancouver Branch.

Over the past number of years, Mary has felt privileged to teach at numerous workshops and summer schools extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. Overseas “assignments” have included Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hawaii, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.K. Mary has also enjoyed the opportunity to teach at the annual RSCDS Summer School at St. Andrews on many occasions, as well as the RSCDS Winter School in Pitlochry, Perthshire.


The Band: The Band: David Newitt
(concertina), Patti Cobb (piano) & Bruce Herbold (percussion & clarinet) started jamming at a Scottish Dance Week 
on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and adding 
like-minded Heather MacKay (fiddle) to the mix, “The Humus” adopted the state fish of Hawaii as their mascot and became a band. “As far as we know, we are the world’s best 
Hawaiian-themed Scottish music band!” Enhancing their musical adventures, all four are avid dancers, and Bruce, David & Patti are all certificated RSCDS teachers. They have played for the Hawaii branch’s Aloha Winter Weekend workshops since
 2007, often with a featured guest artist (when the Humus also assume teaching duties), or as a quartet (when the workshop teacher is not a band member). The quartet returns to play in 2018. They love snorkeling, hiking, doing puzzles…and they’re a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!


Tentative Schedule

Friday February 16, 5:00 – 8:30 pm:  a social dance at Paradise Park in Honolulu.

Saturday February 17:

Breakfast  8:30 – 9:00 and Classes 9:00 am – noon, and 1:00 – 2:00 pm, at the Ala Wai Golf Course Multi-Function Facility (Palladium): 404 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu.
Dinner (5:00 pm) and Semi-formal Dance (6:30 – 9:30 pm), also at the Palladium.

Sunday, February 18:

Breakfast  8:30 – 9:30 and Class 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom.
Ceilidh 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Presidents Hall, Boy Scouts of America on 42 Puiwa Rd, Honolulu.


We recommend the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, located at the east end of Waikiki.  It has reasonable rates and is within walking distance of the weekend classes. However, booking through the internet you may find excellent rates elsewhere, but remember that if you are walking to classes the route is shortest at the east end of Waikiki near Kapahulu Ave.

For questions contact  Bruce McEwan, telephone 808-538-7707, email bemacewan@gmail.com, or Melissa Lindsay, telephone 808-256-3347, email mlindsay@hawaii.rr.com.


Download All Dances and Crib Notes in PDF format



EH3 7AF 8X32 3C (4C) RSCDS Bk 40
The Gentleman 8X32 S 3C (4C) RSCDS Bk 35
General Stuart’s Reel 8X32 R 3C (4C) RSCDS Bk 10
Moili’ili Jig 8X32 J 3C (4C) Mary Brandon
Anna Holden’s Strathspey 8X32 2C (3C) RSCDS BK 42
Flowers of Edinburgh 8X32 R 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 1
Mrs. Stewart’s Jig 8X32 J 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 35
John of Bon Accord 8X32 R 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 33
Sugar Candie 8X32 S 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 26
The Reel of the 51st Division 8X32 R 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 13



Cutty Sark 8X32 J 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 40
Monymusk 8X32 S 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 11
Westminster Reel 7X32 R 2C (4C) RSCDS BK 45
Sauchie Haugh 7X32 S 2C (4C) RSCDS LEAFLET
Follow Me Home 8X32 J 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 38
Culla Bay 4X32 S (4C-SQ, SET) RSCDS BK 41
Polharrow Burn 5X32 R 5C FOSS GLENDARROCH SD
Fife Ness 8X32 R 3C (4C) Mary Brandon
Pelorus Jack 8X32 J 3C (4C) RSCDS BK41
Da Rain Dancin’ 8X32 R 3C (4C) R. WALLACE WHITEADDER
Miss Gibson’s Strathspey 8X32 S 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 24
The Laird of Milton’s Daughter 8X32 J 3C (4C) RSCDS BK 22
J.B. Milne 8X32 R 3C (4C) RSCDS LEAFLET

         Plus two teacher’s choice dances that will be taught during Saturday’s class.