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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

July 2, 2002

 

 

3rd Annual Fourth of July Picnic in the Park

 

 

            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 Kapi`olani 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.”

 

            Jennifer, the 15-year-old singing sensation who was just signed to a major recording contract by Victor Entertainment, one of the largest recording companies in Japan, will kick-off the entertainment program with the National Anthem.  The Village Guard will present the colors, and Peter Apo will perform Hawai`i Ponô`i.  Jennifer will then perform two numbers from the CD she released today; and will be followed by NâHôkű Hanohano award winners Jake Shimabukuro, Kapena, and Ho’onua.

 

            The Royal Hawaiian Band, the oldest municipal band in the nation will end the show 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.  For those who want heartier meals, Elegant Catering will be selling popular local plate lunches. 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 show children how to escape a burning building at its “Fire House” exhibit and will also have a ladder truck there for children to see up close.

 

            An environmental display will round out the educational exhibits.

 

            Picnic in the Park event is once again co-sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and the Waikiki Improvement Association.  Joining the WIA this year are Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Ohana Hotels, Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Queen Emma Foundation, Hawaiian Cement, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, Aston Hotels & Resorts, Graham, Murata & Russell, Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio, and Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.

           

            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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