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  • Grass skirts, leis, and flowers in their hair didn't stop these revelers from getting into some line dancing.

  • Ready to sway to the island music at the Senior Hawaiian Luau are the fair ladies of West Milford's Community Services and Recreation. From left, Gail Kahler, Marlene Terhunea and Patti Gilles.

  • A good-natured competition for best Hawaiian dancers had, from left, West Milford's Mayor Bettina Bieri, Peter Mitchell, Jack DeLaat and Doris Galvin giving it their best.

  • DJ Lou Nader had the dancers swaying like palm trees.

  • Photos by Ginny Raue Hank and Nona Runo got into the romance of the islands at the Community Services and Recreation's Older Adult Services sponsored Hawaiian luau at the Elks Club in West Milford on Saturday, July 12. What better to do on a summer evening than get together with friends and fellow dance lovers for a night of music and fun.

  • Martha and Gene Gionti, new to the Community Services and Recreation dances, can't wait for the next one, they said.

No need to fly off to the islands of Hawaii; Community Services and Recreation brought that tropical feel right here to the township with its luau.

On July 12, DJ Lou Nader had a good crowd of enthusiastic residents feeling the breeze of the ocean right there at the Elks Club. Many danced in grass skirts and bright florals, some with flowers in their hair. There was a Hawaiian dance contest and the hula was a big hit. Of course there was line dancing too.

Community Services and Recreation hosts gatherings for residents over 50 throughout the year, including a 50s sock hop and spring fling to name just a couple.

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