Bright lights, exotic dancers, and music—mostly
hip-hop: that’s the basic formula for any dance club
in any big city, and Level 4 Nightclub & Ultra Lounge is
no exception. This Las Vegas-styled nightclub—they claim
to be “the closest thing to Vegas Honolulu can get”—gets
part of its authenticity from its staff, nearly all of whom
have worked in Vegas nightclubs.
Level 4 opened in July in the heart of Waikiki on the fourth
floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center. It takes up half of the entire
level, and its Vegas style themes are expressed in a multitude
of lights; a lounge full of live, interactive TV screens that
let viewers look in on activities in the showroom in the club;
modern décor with mat-black walls and suede couches and
chairs and small cocktail tables. The theme is worked out in
shows and services, too.
The effects on these screens are amazing,” Dan Bolduc,
HPU alumnus and Marketing and PR Coordinator of the club, said,
adding that one exciting feature is when you put your glass on
the table it will create cool water effects on the screen. The
club also features five bars and two sound systems, one in each
room, and a 25 ft. x 25 ft. high definition video projection
screen. When you look above, you will first notice the ceiling
decorations, which at first glance look like clouds, but they
resemble the foam that gets left behind after a wave has broke.
A front row view of the Aloha Tower is also visible.
Todd Dougall, Level 4’s Chief Operating Officer, worked
at two Las Vegas clubs,TABU and Studio 54 in the MGM, including
10 years asV.P. of entertainment for MGM, before bringing his
vision of his own club to Hawai‘i. He partnered with Roy
Tokujo, a long-time O‘ahu entertainment producer and manager,
who agreed that Waikiki was the best place for it. The two men
teamed up with Meagan Hensley who, as the club’s performance
director, oversees the club’s entertainment programs, and
“I hired Meagan to give the club its “wow” effect,” Dougall
said, adding that he is proud of their unique performances and creative ideas. “I
had worked in Las Vegas before,” Hensley said, “and I wanted to create
something so similar that people would feel as though they were in a Las Vegas
She added: “I work with the dancers constantly, making sure everything,
all of their routines, are authentic to Vegas-style dancing.
“The style of their dancers is very “urban-trendy,” she said.
The performances in the Showroom not only include solo dancers spaced throughout
the club, but also involve groups of dancers on stage, and aerialists. “When
the aerialists come from above to perform, heads raise as [the audience] is mesmerized
by their routines,” Bolduc said.
Bolduc added that Level 4 performers have included rapper, Busta Rhymes, and
many of the dance groups that competed for “America’s Best Dance
Crew.” Level 4 has more concert-style entertainment than some of their
competitors, such as Pipeline Café which, she said, is more theater-like.
Another popular feature of Level 4 is that it makes space available to private
parties and events, such as the recent “tribute to Wayne Harada who wrote
for the Entertainment section in The Honolulu Advertiser.”
Even though this club is relatively new to Honolulu, its reputation is growing,
and it will be targeting a younger audience this March with a new promotion called “Surf
into Spring.” From March 5 through 26, every Thursday night there will
be no cover charge with a valid college ID. They will have guest appearances
by pro surfers and drink specials, and their usual dress codes will be changed
to “relaxed attire.”
Level 4 will also be starting Couture Saturdays in March, highlighting a different
fashion outlet every weekend and then following up with a fashion show the last
weekend that will highlight all three of the month’s designers.
Level 4 is designed to be “Hawai‘i’s premier nightlife destination,” said
Bolduc, explaining that given its location among Waikiki shops, street vendors,
and restaurants, people can experience all the aspects of Waikiki.