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JUNE 22, 2001

KAPIOLANI PARK BANDSTAND CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Join Mayor Jeremy Harris and the City and County of Honolulu as they celebrate Fourth of July and the first anniversary of the new Kapiolani Park Bandstand in grand style.

Two days of festivities, with the same pomp, pageantry and entertainment of last year's opening day event, are planned for the bandstand's first birthday celebration, expected to again draw thousands into the park.

On July 3, Aston Resorts and the City and County of Honolulu present the Aston Resorts Full Moon Concert from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., featuring Na Leo Pilimehana, Reign, Aaron Sala & Tihati Serenaders and the H lau of New Hope.

July 4, the city opens the new bandstand's first anniversary with the first annual Fourth of July Picnic In The Park. Top quality entertainment is scheduled throughout the day, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring N Hk Hanohano award winners Amy H naiali'i Gilliom, Sistah Robi, Coln, 'Ale'a and Maunalua. The Royal Hawaiian Band joins special guests Keali'ika 'apunihonua Ke'eana A'o Hula, performing an original hula mele as a special tribute to the first anniversary of the new bandstand.

Festivities include food booths, games for the keiki, a hot dog or chili plate and drink for $1. From noon to 2 p.m., free cotton candy, popcorn, shave ice and watermelon will be available free to the public.

The bandstand, the fourth built in the park, is patterned after the original built more than 100 years ago. With a Victorian-era design and decorative ponds next to the structure, it is reminiscent of the lily ponds that were part of the architecture of the 1890's.

We feel an annual Picnic In The Park celebration is appropriate for the bandstand, which we designed to be a focal point in Waikiki for both families and visitors, according to Mayor Jeremy Harris. The new bandstand restores the Hawaiian charm and sense of place that sets Waikiki apart from any other place in the world.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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