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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (OCTOBER 30, 2002)

  

ASTON’S SUNSET ON THE BEACH THIS WEEKEND - A “MUST-DO”

  Sunset on the Beach celebrates the grand reopening of the ASTON Waikiki Beach Hotel this weekend and welcomes travel agents attending ASTA’s 72nd  World Travel Congress. 

 ASTON Hotel’s sponsorship of Sunset on the Beach this Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3, presents a spectacular evening of fireworks and outstanding entertainment.  On Saturday, the event begins at 4 p.m. with talented ‘Ale’a performing from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and the Makaha Sons taking the stage from 5 to 5:45 p.m.  KCCN FM100 deejays host the afternoon’s fabulous entertainment. 

 At approximately 7 p.m., Sunset on the Beach proudly premiers “Heart of the Sea,” a moving look at the life of one of Hawaii’s most beloved ocean recreation athletes, Rell Sunn.  Arranged by Chuck Boller, Executive Director of the Hawaii Film Festival, the 58-minute film showcases Sunn’s fascinating journey from the North Shore, whose personal courage catapulted her to success as an international surfer, motivational speaker and mentor to thousands of surfing enthusiasts.  

 The featured film, “Scorpion King,” follows, starring former Islander Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.   Adults and keiki will enjoy watching “The Rock” and another famous Islander, Kelly Hu, in this epic prequel to “The Mummy Returns.”

Get set for another exciting day on Sunday, November 3, as Sunset on the Beach continues.  At 4 p.m. FM105 KINE deejays will engage the audience in contests and prizes before the popular group “Pohaku” takes the stage. 

 Prior to the featured film, Sunset on the Beach proudly presents “Puamana”, a 37-minute documentary of the life of Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii’s best loved and most prolific songwriters.  Known as Auntie Irmgard, she was part of the accomplished and outstanding musical Farden family of Maui.  Auntie Irmgard’s great grand-niece, Meleana Aluli Meyer, wrote and directed the film.

 At approximately 6:35 p.m., the featured film, “The Empire Strikes Back” fills the giant 30-foot screen.  Join Darth Vader, Princess Leah and the rest of the cast of this exciting Star Wars Episode V. 

 Whether you choose to picnic on the beach or dine on tables set up on the Kapahulu pier, choose from a wide menu selection – from pizzas and hot dogs to chefs’ signature plates at very special prices.   Restaurants participating this weekend include:

 Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog

Nutty Hawaiian

Tiki’s Bar and Grill (located in ASTON Waikiki Beach Hotel)

Ocean Steak House

Catania Italiano Restorante

Moani’s Country Kitchen

East West BBQ

Mr. Pizza

Beach House Beverage Cart

Popcorn Express

 Sunset on the Beach this weekend also features 24 artisans offering “Made in Hawaii” products and crafts.  The Craft Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  Do your home decorating and Christmas shopping at Sunset!

 This week, Sunset on the Beach is sponsored by the Hawaii Restaurant Association, Waikiki Improvement Association, News 8, K5 The Home Team , radio stations KCCN FM-100 and KINE FM-105. 

 For more information, contact the Waikiki Improvement Association at 923-1094 or the City’s Information Office at 523-CITY.

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Thursday, October 31, 2002

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