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                Public Communications Division

                            Department of Customer Services

                            City & County of Honolulu

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 8, 2002            

 

HALE’IWA SUNSET ON THE BEACH A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

 

“Go North Shore,” the City’s Sunset on the Beach at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park last weekend, drew an estimated 70,000 people to the island’s North Shore.  According to event organizers, the event was a “resounding success,” exceeding all expectations. 

 

             “The community organizers did a superb job, the restaurants were outstanding, offering a good mix of food, the Open Market vendors and crafters were of a high quality with few duplications, the activities were diversified and exciting and everyone was enthusiastic and very positive,” said Malcolm Tom, the City’s Assistant Managing Director. 

 

North Shore community leaders and residents prepared for several months in anticipation of the June 29 and 30 event.   The event featured basketball tournaments offering a top cash prize of $10,000, ocean activities, a community and health fair, keiki activities and inflatables, an open market featuring a farmer’s market and crafts and 17 food stations offering tantalizing treats from North Shore eateries.

 

“The restaurants did very well and some of them sold out on Saturday night,” Tom noted.  “The open market vendors saw this event as a giant trade show to get more market visibility for their products, in addition to selling them.  The farmers had an opportunity to meet the restaurant owners and to make a connection for the restaurants to use their products.”

 

            On Saturday, an estimated crowd of 45,000 watched the popular film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on a giant 30-foot screen.  Sunday’s movie, “Grease,” which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, drew another 25,000 to 30,000 people.  

 

            Prior to the Sunday movie, “Surfing for Life,” a surfing film produced by David Brown and Roy Earnest, played to an audience largely composed of surfing enthusiasts.  The movie has garnered 1999 Hawaii International Film Festival honors, including Best Documentary and the Audience Award.  Following the screening, five of the film’s ten senior surfers were acknowledged for their contributions.  They included Peter Cole (71 years old), Rabbit Kekai (82), Anona Napoleon (62), John Kelly (83) and Dr. Shay Bintliff (66).

 

            For more information, contact “Go North Shore” co-chairs, Kalani Fronda, President of Hale’iwa Main Street, and Josh Heimowitz, Executive Director of Camp Erdman YMCA, at 637-4558, or log on to Go North Shore at http://GoNorthShore.org. 

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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