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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 16, 2002 

 BRUNCH ON THE BEACH

            One of the most popular events in Hawai`i, Brunch on the Beach, returns to Waikiki on Sunday, October 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Once again, Kapi`olani Park will be transformed into a festive outdoor café with those distinctive blue umbrellas, the best entertainment, and brunch delicacies.

             Thousands of residents and visitors will enjoy a fabulous menu selection at incredibly low prices. 

             Back by popular demand is Executive Chef Göran Streng of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki & Golf Club, with his eggs benedict and bread pudding that have sold-out each time the Hawaii Prince has participated in Brunch.  Chef Streng is also serving the Prince Tropical Smoothie, introduced in July to commemorate the move from Kalakaua Avenue to the elegant Kapi`olani Park setting:

 Kona Crab Hash Benedict on Brioche with

Poached Egg and Lobster Sauce................................................................. $4.00

 Pohaberry Bread Pudding............................................................................. $2.50

 Prince Tropical Smoothie.............................................................................. $2.00

             Also by popular demand, Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki will feature Hawaiian Island Chefs’ Chef/Owner D.K. Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar who celebrated their 2nd anniversary this past Tuesday.  D.K. is bringing back some favorites and cooking new Sansei items which undoubtedly will be as hearty and tasty as previous months’ fare:

             Hawaiian Omelet:  A 3-egg omelet with Portuguese Sausage,

            Green Onions, Cheese, and a Spicy Asian Ketchup

            served on Sushi Rice.................................................................................... $5.00

             Cheese Omelet served with Spicy Asian Ketchup

            on Seasoned Rice......................................................................................... $4.00

           Sansei’s Steak and Eggs:

Grilled Marinated Garlic Steak with Scrambled Eggs

served on Sushi Rice.................................................................................... $5.00

 Teriyaki Garlic Steak Donburi (a tasty and hearty

Japanese sushi rice in a bowl topped with teriyaki steak)............................. $5.00

                      The third chef back by popular demand is Executive Chef Chip Hawkins from the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki, cooking up these specialties on site.

             Sticky Hoisin Ribs:  A Third Rack of Baby Back Ribs

            served with Ilikai Chow Mein.......................................................................... $4.50

             Smoked Salmon Cakes:  House Hot Smoked Salmon

            with Roasted Pineapple Jicama Slaw........................................................... $4.00

             Mile High Kona Coffee Ice Cream Pie........................................................... $2.50

            Restaurant Fuji will offer a Sushi Plate with 6 pieces of California Roll and “Unagi” (broiled Japanese fresh water eel) Roll, Sliced Ginger and Pickles for $5.00, the popular  Deep Fried Garlic Chicken, Macaroni Salad and Steamed Rice for $5.00 in addition to its Barbeque Plate of freshly grilled Kal Bi Ribs and Chicken, Kim Chee (spicy Korean pickles), Macaroni Salad and Rice ($5.00) and ala carte items.  Assorted Flavors of Shaved Ice will also be available for $2.00.

             Ken Furuta, executive chef of The Hau Tree Lanai, will offer his Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce with Coconut Rice and Asian Slaw ($4.00).  Introduced at the first Brunch on the Beach at Kapi`olani Park, the satay is a nice complement to his Pankoed Seafood Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp with Sweet Chili Tartar Sauce and Cole Slaw ($4.50), and The Hau Tree Lanai Carrot Cake Delight with Strawberry Sauce ($3.00).

             Other favorite restaurants and menu highlights are Seafood Village featuring Mr. Wong, the Manapua Man, and four “Plates” including the Local Plate with Honey Garlic Pork Chop, Siu Mai, Chicken Manapua, Macaroni Salad and Seafood Curry Fried Rice for $4.00.

             Sizzling on site for its first appearance at Brunch on the Beach, Lobster and Crab House will grill Island Barbecue Chicken.  Served with Lomi Lomi Salmon, and Calamari Penne Pasta Italian, this unique combination is called the Very Local Plate and will sell for $5.00   Aloha Festivals will have a booth featuring the famous freshly deep fried Malasadas from Uncle Herb’s Da Best Malasadas; $.50 each, $3.00 for a half dozen and $6.00 for a dozen.   Antonio’s Steak, Seafood & Pasta will serve Tropical, Deluxe, and Rainbow Shaved Ice.  Skyline Café and Tea Chest Hawaii, returning to Brunch after a brief vacation, will serve a variety of specialty beverages.   Canned beverages (2 scrip) and bottled water (3 scrip) are available at each restaurant station.

             The 40-member Royal Hawaiian Band kicks-off the entertainment at the Kapi`olani Park Bandstand at 9:00 a.m. [NOTE:  This performance will take the place of the band’s Sunday afternoon concert this week.]

             At 11:00 a.m., the popular hot Hawaiian group Maunalua takes the stage, followed by Forté, with numbers from their recently released CD “Montage”, and Tani Lyn at Noon.  Nâ Hôkű Hanohano multi award-winners The Brothers Cazimero, with more than 30 albums to their credit, will headline the show at 1:00 p.m.

             This month’s grand prize drawing will be a 2-night stay at the newly renovated Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, "Where Aloha Burns Bright!"   To celebrate the grand opening of their new restaurant, Dinner for 2 at “Tiki’s Grill & Bar” will be included in this prize.

             Free tram shuttle transportation will be available from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at these eight convenient Trolley locations:  the Hilton Hawaiian Village, NikeTown Stop at King Kalakaua Plaza, Outrigger Waikiki Islander, the Duke Kahamanoku Statue on Kuhio Beach, Queen Kapi`olani Park, Radisson Prince Kuhio Hotel, Ohana West Hotel, and Ohana Waikiki Surf Hotel.  The shuttle will allow easy access to Brunch on the Beach for visitors and residents who may wish to take advantage of special parking rates throughout Waikiki ($1 all day at the Waikiki Trade Center, $2 all day at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza).

             Launched in July 2001 as an economic initiative to draw local residents and visitors back to rediscover the charm of a revitalized Waikiki, Brunch on the Beach has become one of the most popular events in Hawai`i.  Both eastbound and westbound travel industries feature Brunch as a major element of the destination, and individual visitors have planned their trips to Hawai`i to include Brunch on the Beach.

             Co-sponsored by the City and Waikiki Improvement Association, and presented one Sunday a month, the next Brunch on the Beach will be held on Sunday, November 17.  This ”Holiday Brunch on the Beach” is slated to be another knock-out Sunday with the Society of Seven LV performing their magnificent “Lion King” and Holiday show.

             There will be no Brunch on the Beach in December due to conflicting Christmas activities.  Brunch on the Beach will return to Kapi`olani Park in the new year on Sunday, January 19, 2003.

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

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Friday, October 18, 2002

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