KAKAAKO, Hawaii - Hospice Hawaii hosted its 9th Annual Hot Pursuit, presented by Par Hawaii, on Saturday at the Waterfront Plaza and its surrounding areas. Teams raced throughout Kakaako- including a team from Island News.

They searched for mystery locations while solving riddles and completing challenging, yet fun tasks along the way. This year, for the first time, Hospice Hawaii introduced a QR code system during the race, where participants scanned a code using their mobile devices to reveal clues to the various locations. 

"Hot Pursuit is an exciting 'Amazing Race' style event that was initially conceived to raise awareness of National Healthcare Decisions Day, which falls on April 16," said Tori Abe Carapelho, president and chief executive officer of Hospice Hawaii. "In addition to encouraging people to make their future healthcare wishes known and protected with an advance health care directive, our annual event has grown to showcase the important services we offer to both patients and their families."

In addition to the race, the general public was invited to enjoy family-friendly activities, including a Kids Zone, face painting, balloon artistry, live entertainment, a mobile gaming truck, shave ice and more. 

"Par Hawaii has been proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of Hot Pursuit since its inception back in 2010," said Lance Tanaka, Par Hawaii's director of government and public affairs. "Year after year, we enjoy bringing the community together as we join in on a friendly competition, all while supporting such a meaningful cause."

Funds raised help support Hospice Hawaii's programs and services.