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Humuhumunukunukuapua’a & Strathspey Society 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. They soon added the 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!”

Bruce Herbold

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. The quartet returns to play in 2023.

They love snorkeling, hiking, doing puzzles…and they’re a heck of a lot of fun to dance to!

Aloha Winter Weekend is a workshop which is usually held in February.

  • On Friday night we have a meet and greet event and a social dance.
  • Classes take place on Saturday morning and afternoon.
  • On Saturday night dinner is followed by a Ball.
  • On Sunday morning there is a class and on Sunday evening we have a Ceilidh.
  • Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday morning dinner is served at the Ceilidh
  • Over several years the Humus have made an enormous contribution to our Weekends, playing for evening events and classes.
  • Several months in advance of each event, details will be published on this website.
    • These will include application forms, dance lists, time table, location details, and prices

For questions contact  Bruce McEwan, 808-538-7707, or Melissa Lindsay, 808-256-3347.




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