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PAN PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE SOCIETY OF HAWAII WAS FORMED IN 1975.

FOUNDER, MR. AKIYOSHI SUGINO.


THE PAN PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE SOCIETY OF HAWAII IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND PRIDES ITSELF IN ITS INTEGRITY OF ITS OPERATION. NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE PRESIDENT OR TREASURER.

THE BIRTH OF PAN PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE SOCIETY WAS THE IDEA OF THIS ONE GREAT MAN, OUR FOUNDER, MR. AKIYOSHI SUGINO, WHO WANTED TO TEACH THE INTERNATIONAL STYLE OF DANCING. HE DISCUSSED THIS WITH HIS GROUP OF DANCERS AND THEY CAME UP WITH THE NAME OF PAN PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE SOCIETY, AND ON MARCH 23, 1975, THIS CLUB WAS FORMED. THE FIRST PRESIDENT WAS RALPH TSUKADA. HE AND HIS WIFE, SUMI, WHO WAS A DIRECTOR, WERE ALSO DANCE INSTRUCTORS. MARIE PERREIRA WAS ALSO AN OFFICER & DIRECTOR AT INCEPTION.

THE CLUB HAD THEIR DANCE CLASSES AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNTIL THEY MOVED TO THE ALA WAI RECREATION CENTER ON MCCULLY STREET. IN 1996, THE DANCE CLUBS WERE INFORMED THAT THIS REC CENTER WAS GOING TO BE TORN DOWN AND SO THE PALLADIUM BECAME THE HOME TO ALL THE BALLROOM DANCE CLUBS. IT WAS A NICE MOVE SINCE THE REC CENTER WAS HOT AND HELD APPROXIMATELY 100 PEOPLE. THE ONLY DISADVANTAGE TO THE MOVE WAS THAT AT THE REC CENTER, WE HAD HUGE CLOSETS TO STORE OUR THINGS, WHEREBY, AT THE PALLADIUM, WE HAD ONLY ONE LOCKER. BECAUSE OF THIS, WE HAD TO SELL SOME OF THE COOKING UTENSILS AND EXTRA MUSIC EQUIPMENT.

IN 2006, THE C-3 STATUS BECAME A REQUIREMENT FOR ALL CLUBS. IN THE PR0CESS OF ACQUIRING THIS C-3 STATUS, WE HAD TO CHANGE THE NAME OF OUR CLUB……THEREFORE, EFFECTIVE 2006, OUR LEGAL NAME BECAME PAN PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE SOCIETY OF HAWAII.

 

PREVIOUS CLUB PRESIDENTS

1975........................RALPH TSUKADA *

1976........................GEORGE HIEDA

1977.........................EVANS YIM

1978-1980..................DR. CHARLES SUEISHI *

1981-1982..................DR. WALTER WONG

1983.........................CATHERINE NG *

1984-1987..................VICTOR AGOR

1988-1991...................DR. WALTER WONG

1992..........................RUBY CHEONG *

1993..........................VICTOR AGOR

1994-1996...................DR. WALTER WONG

1997-2001...................RONALD H.G. YOUNG *

2001-2015...................RUDY LUAT *

2016 to Present..............GENE INOSHITA

*DECEASED