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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact Patti Kimoto, 527-6060

DECEMBER 5, 2002




            The popular Electric Light Parade, which joined the annual Honolulu City Lights celebration in 1990, will this year take on a different route, starting from River Street Park on Saturday, December 7, at 6 p.m., passing through the historic Chinatown district to Honolulu Hale.

             For years, Mayor Jeremy Harris preferred a route that would include the colorful Chinatown district.   “I am delighted that the merchants of Chinatown will be part of Honolulu City Lights this year and I encourage all businesses along the parade route to light up their building facades, windows and street trees to give motorists a more colorful holiday experience,” said Mayor Harris.

             Motorists in the Chinatown and downtown area are advised that special traffic controls will be in effect as the parade proceeds east on North King Street, beginning at River Street and ending at a closed area on South King between Punchbowl and Alapai and South Streets (at the end of the civic center block). 

             This year the parade will include more units than ever before, said city parade coordinator Eddie Oi.  According to Oi, units participating include 11 from the Emergency Medical Services Department, four from the Honolulu Police Department and four from the Fire Department.   Other units include the Santa Claus Float, courtesy of Cutter Chevrolet and Parade Master Nelson Fujio, units entered by Parade Sponsor Hawaiian Electric Company, entries submitted by Hawaiian Airlines, COX Radio, and other vehicles from the City and County.

             School bands from Aiea High, Baldwin High, Castle High, Dole Middle, Farrington High, Holy Family Academy, Iolani High, Kahuku High, Leilehua High, Nanakuli High, Waianae High and Waipahu High, and Celtic Pipe and Drum and Royal Hawaiian Band round out the 63-unit parade.

            The Honolulu City Lights Public Workers Electric Light Parade, sponsored by the Hawaiian Electric Company, is an island favorite and local tradition that ushers in the holiday season for many islanders.  The public workers’ floats, attractively bedecked in bright lights and fashioned with unique, colorful characters and displays, is a popular part of City Lights and make the parade the only one of its kind in the nation.

Prime viewing of the parade is along the entire route on King Street.  Parade viewers are advised that they will not be able to see the band performances or vehicle demonstrations if they are positioned Diamond Head of Honolulu Hale.  Vehicles will park after the parade on King Street near the Municipal Building after the parade, from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m., for people to view the vehicle “up close.”

             Honolulu City Lights opening night festivities will be shown Live on Olelo Channel 56 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

            The Electric Light Parade and highlights of the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Tom Moffatt Concert will be rebroadcast on Sunday, December 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. on KHON Channel 2.

             Olelo will rebroadcast the Opening Night festivities (tree lighting, parade and concert) on Christmas Day, December 25, at these times:  Channel 52, 9 a.m.; Channel 55, noon; and Channel 56, 6:30 p.m.





Friday, December 06, 2002

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