Malama Pono ‘Hamster Dances’ to awareness

If you blinked, you might’ve missed them yesterday morning.

For about 15 minutes, DQ Jackson, Jason Yaris and Linda Arn led Malama Pono fans in the Hamster Dance outside the Rice Street office.

Accompanied by Ron Wiley of KQNG Radio, who claims to have the last remaining copy of the Hamster Dance, Jackson said they used the dance as a promotion for Malama Pono.

Much to their surprise, the capsulized fund-raiser generated over $1,000.

“We’re dead serious about the Malama Pono mission,” Jackson said. “But we thought we could have some fun as well.”

That combination brought forth the Hamster Dance with Wiley doing a live broadcast from the sidewalks along Rice Street, much to the amusement of passing early morning motorists.

Surprised by the amount generated from the short promotion, Jackson said Malama Pono will be gearing up for the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair in the late summer.

“We’ll have a booth there,” Jackson said. “We’ll be bringing the Hamster Dance there for more people, and try to set a Guinness World Record for the Hamster Dance.”

Does anyone know how many people have done the Hamster Dance, Jackson wanted to know.

“I don’t think I can go anymore,” an exhausted Arn said as she retreated to the shade of a false milo tree nearby.

Wiley retreated to his radio studio down the street, and the lazy Friday morning traffic regained its pace along Rice Street.

The Hamster Dance came about after an early computer program set to music in the late 1990s gained an almost “cult like” following.

The dance has evolved over the years into several different forms, with most staying true to the original. Samples of the dance can be found online, through search engines or on the increasingly popular YouTube.

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