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Behind the curtain at the Hawaii Theatre Center

The jewel of Chinatown

The Hawaii Theatre Center (HTC) has been entertaining the people of Hawaii for 96 years and needs your help! If you care about the arts, culture and our island’s history, show your support by becoming a member. There are many levels of membership to choose from. The theatre also offers a monthly docent tour of the historic venue and they’ve just unveiled a virtual tour: hawaiitheatre.com/thetheatre/virtual_tour.

Often called the jewel of Chinatown by locals, HTC is one of the state’s historic landmarks and has been running as a nonprofit entity since 1984 with the help of community donations.  The organization is dedicated to preserving the theatre as a community resource and does so by presenting a broad variety of concerts, artistic performances, plays, hula and arts-focused street festivals. It has nearly 1,400 seats, so when the theatre is busy, its neighboring restaurants and shops are busy as well. The theatre has undergone extensive restoration, and in 2006 was presented the National Trust for Historic Preservation award.

On Friday, October 12, Victor Willis, founding member of The Village People, will take the stage for a performance at the theatre. Willis rose to fame in 1977 as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the popular disco group. He wrote many of the group’s hits including “Macho Man,” Y.M.C.A.” and “In the Navy.” The group is best known for their on-stage costumes, catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics.

Opening for Willis will be Janice-Marie Johnson from  A Taste of Honey. The reggae, R&B soul singer is best known for her 1978 chart-topping disco song, “Boogie Oogie Oogie.” Her albums include “Ladies of the Eighties,” “Hiatus Of The Heart,” and” Soul R N B Grooves.”

The show then moves to the Valley Isle at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday, October 13 for an encore presentation.

For more information:   hawaiitheatre.com, officialvillagepeople.com, officialvillagepeople.com/gallery.html