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NEWS RELEASE
Public Communications Division
Department of Customer Service
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CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU SEAL


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 13, 2001 

            “Brunch on the Beach,” a regular monthly Sunday event geared to bring local residents back to Waikiki, debuts on July 15. 

             Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and the Waikiki Improvement Association, the new program is part of Mayor Jeremy Harris’ effort to revitalize Waikiki by offering another venue for local residents to rediscover the charm of Oahu’s prime visitor destination. 

            To set the stage for “Brunch on the Beach,” the City will close two blocks of Kalakaua Avenue between Kaiulani and Liliuokalani Avenues, set up chairs, tables, and bright blue umbrellas, and host popular local entertainers in concert from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   

Astroturf will be laid from “curb to curb” to extend the park-like setting along the beach up onto the roadway.  A blessing and untying of a maile lei across Kalakaua Avenue will kickoff the event.  The WIA has arranged for the following hotels and restaurants to participate in the first “Brunch on the Beach”:  

§        Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki: celebrity omelets made to order

§        Duke’s Waikiki: Caesar salad, Big Island Pork Ribs with macaroni salad and rice

§        Seafood Village: Manapua, Jumbo Crispy Won Ton, Nori Spring Rolls, Stir Fried Noodle with Char Siu, Fried Noodles with A Dim Sum and Deluxe Dim Sum Platter

§        Hyatt Regency: Har Gau Shrimp, Beef and Port Shumai

§        Pacific Beach Hotel: Banana, Blueberry and Chocolate Muffins, Chocolate Croissants, Pineapple and Cream Danish, Cinnamon Rolls

§        Antonio’s Steak, Seafood & Pasta: Grilled Italian Hot Dog, Tropical Shave Ice, Deluxe Shave Ice, Azuki Bean Shave Ice, Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Shave Ice

§        Hilton Hawaiian Village: Delectable Dessert Selections such as Lilikoi Cheesecake with Mango Couilis, Summer Fruit Bread Pudding with Strawberry Couilis, Chocolate Dobash Cake with Raspberry Coulis, Fresh Apple Tarte with Vanilla Sauce

§        Starbucks Coffee: various coffees 

            Table seating for 400 will be augmented by an additional 150 chairs set up along the closed street. Residents may also purchase food from the booths and go down to the beach.  

            Performing at the first “Brunch at the Beach” will be Na Hoku Honohano Award winners Ál’ea, the 60-member Halau Hula Olana and the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club in “Hawaii Calls” style. 

            The late George Kanahele, noted Hawaiian scholar, suggested back in 1994 that events such as this be staged to “maximize opportunities for bringing people together to talk and communicate” in Waikiki. He suggested in his publication “Restoring Hawaiianness to Waikiki” that more benches and chairs along the sidewalks, beachwalks and parks should be added so people could sit and converse. 

            Dr. Kanahele also said that local people should be encouraged to come back and enjoy Waikiki. To do that he suggested that hotels and other organizations design events or activities to bring locals into Waikiki again.  

            “We have followed Dr. Kanahele’s advice by building the new Kapiolani Bandstand and hosting regular, free concerts there and also revitalizing Kuhio Beach and staging nightly torch-lighting ceremonies and hula concerts and so much more,” Mayor Harris said. “Creating a new venue like this is good reason for local residents to re-visit Waikiki. “ 

            “Dr. Kanahele often said, ‘The more local Waikiki becomes, the more the visitors will love it.’ This monthly Sunday event will bring everyone together and bring more value to Waikiki as a destination. There will be great outdoor dining and lots of people watching. 

            Parking will be available in the Honolulu Zoo and Kapiolani Park parking lots. JTB Open Air Shuttle will move people from these parking areas to the brunch site.  The Waikiki Trade Center has 24-hour $1 parking, starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center will offer parking for $1 per hour for a 5 hour maximum (validation at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Information Booth on Kalakaua Avenue). 

            “Brunch on the Beach” will be staged every month except September and December on the second Sunday of the month. The debut event is scheduled on the third Sunday due to scheduling conflicts.  These are future dates:                    

August 12, 2001
October 14, 2001
November 11, 2001
January 13, 2002
February 10, 2002
March 10, 2002
April 14, 2002
May 12, 2002
June 9, 2002
Monday, December 16, 2002

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