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In the mid to late 80s, FL Morris photographed the club scene at the edge of Waikiki. This scene considered itself to be an alternative to the mainstream. The borders between the two were marked by clothing and music modeled after the Mod scene in London and Berlin. The Mods also blurred the boundary between genders and sexual orientations.

This scene took place primarily around three clubs – The Phase, Pink Cadillac, and after 2AM, The Wave, the only alternative club that stayed open until 4. The kids were in their late teens and early twenties, almost exclusively local. Music was Mod and Industrial. The drugs of choice were mostly XTC, acid, a little cocaine, and a whole lot of booze.

The Phase was open from 1985 to 1986. The dance floor was connected through a hallway to Masquerade a much more mainstream club primarily frequented by former 'popular' kids from high school who still liked to hang out with each other. Once you got inside one club or the other, you would be able to go back and forth freely. This ‘freedom’ was mostly used by the Mod kids.

Anyone who had been inside Masquerade or The Phase knew they were connected through a corridor. Unlike the line at The Phase, the one to get into Masquerade was always packed. But few of the kids in the Masquerade line would enter through the Mod club side.

Underaged kids hung out at the 711 parking lot at the corner, ever hopeful that the bouncers would slacken the ID check momentarily.

This alternative scene died out in Waikiki after 1989 partially caused by the drinking age in Hawai’i changing from 18 to 21 around that time. Morris' theory is that it also had something to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall.