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                               Public Information Division
                               Department of Customer Services
                               City & County of Honolulu
                               523-4385 (www.co.honolulu.hi.us/)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 7, 2002
BRUNCH ON THE BEACH 

            Brunch on the Beach, one of the most popular events in Hawaii, returns to Waikiki this Sunday, March 10.   City crews will begin rolling out astro-turf and placing hundreds of tables, chairs, and distinctive blue umbrellas hours before sunrise, to transform Kalakaua Avenue at Kuhio Beach into an outdoor cafe. 

            Scrip sales begin at 9:00 a.m. as thousands show up to savor delicious food at affordable prices from food booths hosted by Waikiki’s finest hotels and restaurants and to enjoy fabulous Hawaiian style entertainment. 

            This Sunday’s Brunch on the Beach will once again feature great entertainment and signature menu items from participating restaurants, which include Hilton Hawaiian Village, Seafood Village, Antonio’s Steak, Seafood & Pasta, Duke’s Waikiki, Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki, All Star Hawaii, The Hau Tree Lanai, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, Pacific Beach Hotel, Skyline Café and Tea Chest Hawaii. 

            Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki will feature specialty items by Hawaiian Island Chefs.  On the menu will be Spicy Thai Chicken Coconut Curry with Fresh “Local” Thai Basil over Rice from D.K. Kodama, Owner/Chef, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar; and Kalua Pig Chili Verde with Fried Eggs and Molokai Sweet Potato Hash by Douglas Lum, Executive Chef, Mariposa.  Executive Chef Goran Streng, Hawaii Prince Hotel will feature Kona Crab Eggs Benedict with Lobster Sauce; and Fern Tomisato, Chef Instructor, Leeward Community College, will offer Joe’s Special, the popular San Francisco style Ground Buffalo Beef and Spinach Omelet with Parmesan Cheese.  Each item will sell for 8 scrips or $4.00.   

            The mission of the Hawaiian Island Chefs is to perpetuate Hawaii contemporary cuisine by supporting and encouraging diversified agriculture, aquaculture, and related Island-based industries.  Proceeds from the Hawaiian Island Chefs will be used to support culinary programs in Hawaii. 

            Featured entertainers at this brunch will be Hawaiian Paradise, Kahala Moon, the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club and their “Hawaii Calls” presentation, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, a hot new group called Kahua, and the fabulous Tihati’s Hawaiian Reveue featuring traditional Hawaiian music, hula kahiko and hula awana. 

This exciting new program, which debuted in July 2001, is an economic initiative to revitalize Waikiki.  It’s the City’s effort to draw local residents and visitors back to Oahu’s prime visitor destination, to rediscover the romance and charm of old Hawaii and infuse a tourist economy hard hit by a changing visitor market and the national tragedies of September 11. 

            Co-sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and the Waikiki Improvement Association and presented one Sunday a month, future Brunch on the Beach dates for the current fiscal year are April 14, May 19 and June 9. 

            For more information, call 523-CITY or the Waikiki Improvement Association at 923-1094.

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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