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                Public Communications Division

                            Department of Customer Services

                            City & County of Honolulu

                            523-4385

                                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

 

SUNSET ON THE BEACH SPOTLIGHTS ALOHA WEEK FESTIVALS,

 “TRIBUTE TO HAWAII FIREFIGHTERS” DEBUT

 

Sunset on the Beach continues at picturesque Queen’s Surf Beach this Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, sharing Waikiki with the Aloha Festivals Parade, annual Bed Race and Ohana Fun Day in Kapiolani Park.   The activities add up to fun and excitement for the entire family at the city’s popular music-food-movie fest and motorists are advised to arrive early to avoid the traffic.

 

The colorful Aloha Festivals Parade starts at 9 a.m. at the Ewa entrance of Ala Moana Regional Park and proceeds to Kalakaua Avenue, ending at Kapiolani Park at about 12 noon.  The annual Bed Race begins at 2 p.m. on Kalakaua Avenue and is expected to run until 6 p.m.  Both events will finish at Kapiolani Park, where Ohana Fun Day activities are scheduled throughout the day.  The events are part of a statewide celebration launching the 56th annual Aloha Week.

 

Also on Saturday, viewers will be treated to a special free public premiere of Edgy Lee’s new film “A Tribute to Hawaii’s Fire Fighters,” written and directed by the award-winning filmmaker.   The highly acclaimed one-hour piece personalizes the lives of Hawaii’s fire fighters and their families, and underscores their courage and intense commitment to serve their communities.  Members from the Honolulu Fire Department will also be on hand at Sunset, along with displays and emergency vehicles.   Mayor Jeremy Harris, Fire Chief Atillio Leonardi and Tony Rutledge are expected to address the audience. 

           

Sunset on the Beach begins at 4 p.m. with outstanding live entertainment and food booths serving a variety of savory treats – from delectable appetizers to hearty meals.   It’s a great way to sample the offerings of Honolulu’s finest restaurants, including Suekko, Catania Restorante Italiano, Ocean Steak House, Fort Ruger Market, Davey Jones Ribs, Gourmet Express, Pizza Hut, Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog, Popcorn Express, Nutty Hawaiian and Beach House Beverage Cart. 

 

Hawaii’s popular radio stations take the stage at 5 p.m. with deejays from KCCN FM 100 and Hawaiian 105 KINE radio stations engaging the audience in contests and prizes and exciting, first-rate entertainment.   On Saturday, enjoy the popular group, Forte, on the big stage from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., and on Sunday, it’s Solana from 4:30 to 15:15 p.m. 

 

Also on Saturday, at 6:20 p.m., the public will be introduced to the regal cast of this year’s Aloha Festivals Royal Court.  The Royal Alii will preside over festivities statewide, which draw more than one million people annually.  The Aloha Festival initiates the Aloha Week celebration, a tradition in Hawaii dating back to 1946, and celebrates the state’s unique and diverse culture.  Sunset audience will also view a brief video on the Aloha Festivals at about 6:45 p.m.  Edgy Lee’s “A Tribute to Hawaii’s Fire Fighters” follows at 6:50 p.m. 

 

In conjunction with the festival, more than 24 artisans and crafters will offer unique “made in Hawaii” products from 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  The craft tents will be located along Kalakaua Avenue.

 

  Saturday’s featured film, “Blue Hawaii,” begins at 7:50 p.m. and stars a young and engaging Elvis Presley in his first post-Army film.  The “King of Rock and Roll” romances Joan Blackman, crooning hits such as “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and the title hit, “Blue Hawaii,” in what many critics claim was the best role of his career. 

 

            On Sunday, join Julia Roberts and the irrepressible Hugh Grant in another romantic comedy, “Notting Hill,” a story book romance featuring a beautiful, international movie star who falls in love with a star-struck, eccentric book seller.   “Notting Hill” is a delightful film that captures Robert’s and Grant’s comedic flair and chemistry.   Both movies begin at about 7:50 p.m. and are viewed on the giant 30-foot screen with Diamond Head in the background.

 

Mayor Jeremy Harris and the City and County of Honolulu, the Waikiki Improvement Association, Hawaii Restaurant Association, News 8-NBC Hawaii, KCCN, KINE, and K5 The Home Team proudly sponsor Sunset on the Beach.

 

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

 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2002

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