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                               Public Information Division

                               Department of Customer Services

                               City & County of Honolulu

                               523-4385 (www.co.honolulu.hi.us/newsroom)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2002

 

 

CITY WILL CELEBRATE JULY 4TH WITH PUBLIC PICNIC

 

 

            The City’s third annual Fourth of July “Picnic in the Park” will feature blockbuster entertainment, free games and snacks for the keiki and an opportunity to enjoy the holiday with family at the bandstand in historic Kapiolani Park.

            The popular event will kick off Thursday, July 4, at 11:15 a.m.  Come early to get a seat or bring your mats to sit on the grass.

            “Three years ago we celebrated America’s birthday with great patriotism at the brand new Kapiolani Bandstand,” Mayor Harris said.  “The event drew thousands of people who enjoyed an old-fashioned day at the park with food and music.  We have established a tradition around our award-winning bandstand that is eagerly-anticipated by island families who have discovered how great it is to be back in Waikiki.”

            Popular radio personality Billy V will emcee the program that will feature 15-year old singing sensation Jennifer Perri, just back from Japan where she performed to huge crowds; and NaHoku Hanohano award winners Jake Shimabukuro, Kapena and Ho’onua.

            The entertainment will conclude with the Royal Hawaiian Band performing some of its spirited holiday repertoire.

            In addition to free popcorn, watermelon, shave ice and EK Fernandez cotton candy, there will be the always popular $1 specials:  hot dog or chili and rice and a drink.  The Board of Water Supply will be serving chilled water.

            Six popular Xtreme Fun Inflatable games (Rock’m Sock’m, Tot-tanic Slide, Caterpillar Crawlthrough, Castle Jumper, Spaceship Jumper and Jungle Jumper) will be operating from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Youngsters will also be invited to ride the Xpress Train around the park area adjacent to the bandstand, and participate in Department of Parks and Recreation games.

            Many of the City’s most popular departmental displays will be set-up at the “Picnic at the Park.”

            The Honolulu Police Department will have its Keiki ID program along with displays by the DARE program, the SWAT truck, the canine and horse units and a recruitment booth.

            The Honolulu Fire Department will have its Keiki ID program along with displays by the DARE program, the SWAT truck, the canine and horse units and a recruitment booth.

            The Honolulu Fire Department will show children how to escape a burning building at its “Smoke House” exhibit and will also have a fire engine there for children to see up close.

            An environmental display will round out the educational exhibits.

 

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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