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Local couple helps golf fans at the Sony Open

Selvin Chin-Chance Selvin Chin-Chance
Selvin and Frances Chin-Chance Selvin and Frances Chin-Chance

By Leland Kim - bio | email

KAHALA (KHNL) -  If you want to see the Sony Open, but don't want to deal with parking hassles, don't worry, there's parking nearby.  A friendly Hawaii Kai couple will make sure your experience is a good one.

Shuttle buses shuffle golf fans back and forth to the Sony Open on the first day of the big event.  The service runs every five minutes.

So who's in charge of helping all these people park their cars at Hunakai Park?  Meet Selvin and Frances Chin-Chance.  They've been helping golf fans at the Sony Open three years in a row.

"It's pretty enjoyable, the sun if nothing else, the sun and wind and breeze," said Selvin Chin-Chance, a 63-year-old volunteer.  "But, of course, getting the cars organized, etc."

And there are a lot of cars to organize.

Since Monday, the park has been transformed into, well, a parking lot.  At full capacity, it can hold 300 cars.

The couple saw an ad three years ago, and decided to volunteer.  They've been hooked ever since.

"In previous years we didn't have it filled the first day, so something happened," said Chin-Chance. "I don't know what it is."

They say they keep coming back because of the people who come to this event.

‘They've been very appreciative, mainly because first they don't realize it's a free lot," said Chin-Chance.  "So they're ready to pay."

While parking may be free, the couple's aloha spirit and infectious smiles are priceless.

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