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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 18, 2002

 CONAGRA  FOODS HAWAI`I BOWL PRESENTS SUNSET ON THE BEACH

The ConAgra Foods Hawai`i Bowl will be sponsoring an unprecedented three-day Sunset on the Beach this weekend on December 21, December 22, and December 23.  In addition to the regularly scheduled Saturday and Sunday festivities, on Monday, December 23, a special Barefoot on the Beach Pep Rally featuring the UH and Tulane football teams, coaches, pep squads and bands is scheduled.

“ConAgra Foods is delighted to sponsor Sunset on the Beach,” said Jim Donovan, Executive Director, ConAgra Foods Hawai`i Bowl.  “The City has done a great job of organizing events like Sunset, and we’re pleased to help provide funding, particularly during this special time of the year.”

            “Sunset on the Beach is a great program for Hawai`i’s economy.  We believe Sunset  provides a perfect venue to kick-off the Hawai`i Bowl and will enhance the experience the Tulane  team, coaches and supporters will enjoy in our islands,” continued Donovan.

              The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. with live entertainment.  Hawaiian 105 KINE deejays will host the stage on Saturday and Sunday, leading the audience in contests and opportunities to win “football” prizes including 4 tickets to the ConAgra Foods Hawai`i Bowl on Christmas Day, and a special Aloha Stadium parking pass on all three days.  Popular hot groups “H20” and “Free Sound” will take the stage on Saturday and on Sunday respectively.

 On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the magic begins with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.  The entire family will love the special effects of this movie, when Harry Potter, a 10-year old boy, experiences the world of magic and fantasy when he enrolls in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

 Sunday, join adorable McCauley Calkin in the hilarious Christmas comedy, “Home Alone,” about the escapades of a resourceful eight-year-old who is accidentally left behind while his family vacations in Paris.   Kevin learns to fend for himself and provides laughter and ingenuity in his battle against two bumbling would-be robbers whose misfortune it was to tangle with him. 

Whether you 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 chef’s signature plates at very reasonable prices.  Restaurants this Saturday and Sunday include East West BBQ, Ba-Le French Sandwich & Restaurant, Moani’s Country Kitchen, Eddie’s Burgers, Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog, The Nutty Hawaiian, and Beach House Beverage Cart.

On Monday, a prelude to the Christmas Day Game called “Barefoot on the Beach Pep Rally” will feature UH and Tulane football players, coaches, pep squads and pep bands.  The Barefoot on the Beach Pep Rally will feature great entertainment by Hâlau Hula `o Hokulani and the Polynesian Cultural Center who have performed internationally, and performances by the pep squads and pep bands.  There’s also a steak-eating contest between players from Tulane and the UH sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.  The cheerleading squads and pep bands from both teams will rally the troops, and perhaps some autographs may be garnered.

 Appropriately, the featured film on Monday is the recently released ESPN film chronicling the inspirational career of Coach Bear Bryant, “Junction Boys.” 

Outback Restaurants and Sodexho will be serving a host of menu items, including their popular Chicken Sandwich and Garlic Fries, and Portabella Mushroom Sandwich.

 “It is very rewarding to welcome community-oriented organizations like ConAgra Foods Hawai`i Bowl to the list of corporate sponsors who have come forth over the past six months,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “At Sunset on the Beach, the spirit of aloha is shared between residents and visitors, and that’s the charm Waikiki and the people of this great island are known for throughout the world.”

 Another feature of the three-day celebration is “Hawaii Made” crafts.  Across the street on the lawn in front of the Honolulu Zoo, over 30 artists will feature unique crafts and gifts from 9:00 a.m. until the movies begin – a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts.

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

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Friday, December 20, 2002

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