The marquee at the historic Hawai‘i Theatre on Bethel
Street will be lit up entirely for the first time at a ceremony
on Friday, Nov. 5, with festivities beginning at 7:30 p.m. as
part of the “First Friday” happenings in downtown
Light Up the Hawai‘i will include the official turning
on of the entire neon marquee at 8 p.m., with the successful
bidder in the Oct. 9 Neiman Marcus Benefit Caper throwing the
Entertainment for the free outdoor event includes by the Hilton
Hawaiian Village Guard, solos by Cathy Foy and Nina Kealiiwahamana,
Halau Hula O Kawaili‘a led by Kumu Chinky Mahoe, and lion
dancers. Tony Conjugacion will chant the Hawai‘i Theatre’s
There will be refreshments available from the Hawai‘i Theatre’s
Commercial Data Concession facing Chinatown Gateway Park, as
well as hot dogs from a cart staffed by folks from the Arts
at Marks Garage.
The Hawai‘i Theatre, built in 1922, reopened in 1996
after a $22 million interior restoration. The Nov. 5 ceremony
the official conclusion of the $10+ million exterior renovation.
For more information on upcoming performances, including tickets
to Stomp and “A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors,” which
went on sale in October, call the Hawai‘i Theatre Box
Office at 528-0506.