VIDEO: Should Hawaii Cut Loose Its 'Footloose' Dancing Rules?

Alana Hong for Honolulu Civil Beat

In the land of hula, dancing does not always reign supreme.

Bar owners in Hawaii face heavy fines if they let their patrons bob their heads to the music or swing their hips to a song off an approved dance floor.

The county liquor commissions have chosen to regulate dancing for years, requiring special permits and additional fees. The problem is, they won't define what constitutes "dancing."

Civil Beat decided to ask Dean Pitchford, who knows a thing or two about dancing, what he thought about the issue. Pitchford, who grew up in Hawaii and went on to make a little movie called "Footloose," says dancing should be defined as broadly as possible.

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