Known as the Pride of the Pacific, the historic Hawai‘i Theatre Center (hawaiitheatre.com) turned 100 on Sept. 6 and a magnificent Centennial Soiree was held.
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“This celebratory event will be one of the theater’s largest in recent time as we look forward to raising funds to support the ongoing preservation and operations of one of Hawai‘i’s oldest theaters,” says board member Cathy Lee, who is spearheading the Theatre’s year-long Centennial Celebration. “In true Hawai‘i Theatre fashion, there will be a grand entrance for all of our guests as they enter the theater for an evening concert themed Through the Decades, highlighting the last 100 years through storytelling, musical acts and performances. From there, guests will walk out to Bethel Street and continue the evening with a feast created by Chef Vikram Garg underneath the stars and the glow of the neon lights of the iconic marquee.” The landmark holds a special place for many in the community as millions of kama‘āina and visitors have stepped foot into the venue for countless performances, fundraisers, musicals and graduations. “Preserving the iconic theater means future generations will continue to experience world-class entertainment and carry on the stories of the last 100 years,” says Gregory Dunn, CEO and president of Hawai‘i Theatre Center. “Our actions today focus on how we can keep the Hawai‘i Theatre around for another 100 years.”