Peter Kun Frary, Professor of Music University of Hawaii, Leeward
Club Hubba Hubba • Honolulu HI
This gentleman's club was a popular destination for GIs from WWII to the Vietnam era, and died a slow death thereafter, closing in 1995. It was featured in the movie, "North Shore," and in the series Magnum PI.
I visited Club Hubba Hubba during the 1980s and marveled at the massive hardwood bar, stripper stage and other vintage appointments. I felt like I stepped into 1942. The lone erotic dancer looked like she had been there since the "big" war.
Soon the empty carcass of Hubba Hubba will be converted into a bar for "young urban professionals" or yet another art gallery. In 2012 the famous neon sign was taken down, finally lying to rest this island icon.
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39 Hotel Street • Flat Rate to Base
A few steps from Club Hubba Hubba lies 39 Hotel Street. The taxi signage is a remnant of a time long past when this was the heart of Honolulu's Red-light District. During WWII whorehouses were legal and the Navy bused in sailors when ships came into port. The love lines twisted around the block as demand far outstripped supply.
Now yuppie-puppies and art-farts frequent the trendy bars, galleries and cafes that line Hotel and nearby streets, making for a strange mix with FOBs, winos, pimps and druggies.
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