Hubba Hubba, girl!
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‘Ohana / Can you believe there was a time when Chinatown wasn’t CHINATOWN? Like, the center of nightlife cool as it is now, thanks to an arts, entertainment and culinary renaissance that’s gone on over the past decade or so? Y’know, the place you take your mainland friends when they visit if you want to show them how we really get down here?

An Evening in Chinatown at the historic Club Hubba Hubba (the one with the neon sign out front) is an annual fundraiser that the Chinatown Improvement District wants to keep as Honolulu’s best-kept-secret, alive on everyone’s lips.

This year’s theme is “Take a Chance on Chinatown”–a casino-inspired evening where guys and dolls will test their luck with fortune telling, a wishing tree, game tables, and other activities that’ll put your fate to the test. A burlesque show pays homage to Hubba Hubba’s days of yore, while special edition t-shirts available for sale this year commemorate the reigniting of Chinatown’s original nightlight: Club Hubba Hubba’s once-decrepit, now electric “Live Nude Shows” neon sign.

The benefit’s proceeds will help to finance projects and programs of the non-profit that encourage continued preservation of the beloved arts district’s ethnic, cultural, and historic character. In contrast to the night’s theme, if enough of the community tests their luck together, this won’t be a make-or-break situation. It’s a win-win.

Historic Club Hubba Hubba, 25 N. Hotel St., Fri., 10/19, 5:30–9pm, $50–$75, [chinatownimprovementdistrict.org], 589-9927