The Hawaii Cabaret & Nite Club in Singapore’s Textile Centre is one of the city’s most iconic nightclubs. It is also the oldest. Development and change is inevitable in a place like Singapore, and soon, the establishment will temporarily close its doors for a major renovation — its first significant makeover in decades.
The Night We Never Met is a collaborative project between award-winning street photographer AikBeng Chia and filmmaker Nicky Loh. As for the name, it’s a reference to how the pair didn’t know about each one’s work in documenting the nightclub until they bumped into each other on the streets.
Hawaii Cabaret & Nite Club is a testament to 70s living in Singapore: orange booth seats, vibrant rainbow lights, red padded walls and all. It remains a haven for elderlies seeking companionship with the pleasure of song and dance by female singers on stage.
All photos by AikBeng Chia.