Hawaii Theater Raises $85,000 with Chinatown Chase

CHINATOWN, OAHU (KHNL) - The Hawaii Theatre Center has $85,000 in its coffers as a result of the Chinatown Chase, a new benefit chaired by Anthony and Siana Hunt of East Honolulu and Scott and Julie Hendricks of Kailua.

The event drew 300 participants on a scavenger hunt with clues developed by Ravenchase, along with a silent and live auction to raise additional money for the restored theatre. Shops, galleries, bars and restaurants in the theatre's neighborhood were open to eventgoers as they followed treasure maps and learned more about Chinatown.

In addition, Bethel Street in front of the Hawaii Theatre was the site of a block party, with music and dancing to the sounds of the Kai Mai'i Band, as well as food donated by E&O Trading Company, Sam Choy's, Little Village Noodle House, Green Door Cafe, Soul de Cuba Cafe, and Murphy's Bar & Grill. Beverages at the block party were provided by Sam Choy's Big Aloha Brewery and HASR, which was serving Ocean Vodka, Rock Star Energy Drink and wine. Upstairs in the theatre's Weyand Banquet Room, VIP attendees were catered to by Hong Kong Harbor View Seafood Restaurant for their private party. Dancing on stage to a DJ followed the auction, with partying continuing afterwards at area establishments for the top-paying teams of 10.

As a thank you to the co-chairs, the Hawaii Theatre presented each couple with a handmade Chinese chop of their name, commissioned by Elaine Evans from Beijing. To get more information on next year's Chinatown Chase, call Elaine Evans at 791-1302.