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            Central Pacific Bank sponsors Sunset on the Beach this weekend, Saturday,

September 7 and Sunday, September 8, with a patriotic theme and a poignant rendition of “Give Aloha,” sung by more than 70 entertainers, emergency services personnel and Boy Scouts on Sunday.  The performance will be videotaped and sent as a gift to New York from the people of Hawaii in commemoration of the September 11 attacks against America. 


            “We cordially invite the public to participate in this historic event, creating and delivering a gift of aloha,” said Clint Arnoldus, President and CEO of Central Pacific Bank.  “As a show of unity, we ask that you wear our nation’s colors of red, white and blue, along with a lei of your choosing,” he added.


Anyone interested in participating in the taping should arrive at Queen’s Surf Beach by 4 p.m.  The taping will begin at 5:30 p.m., following an hour of rehearsals.  Also on site on Sunday for public display will be City emergency vehicles, including SWAT, HAZMAT, ambulance and jetski.


            “I am pleased and grateful to the folks at Central Pacific Bank and particularly to President Clint Arnoldus and his hard-working team, for creating this meaningful venue through which our unity and aloha can be expressed to the people of New York,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.


            The featured film on Saturday is "Armageddon," starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. A science-fiction thriller about an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, Armageddon’s special effects and great cinematography will be further enhanced by Sunset’s giant 30-foot screen.


            On Sunday, Sean Connery and Matt Damon star in "Finding Forrester," an intense drama connecting the unlikely lives of an aging eccentric Pulitzer Prize novelist and a Black college athlete who aspires to be a great writer.  All movies begin at 7:15 p.m. 


Restaurants participating this weekend include Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog, Nutty Hawaiian, Suekko, Ocean Steak House, Catania Restorante Italiano, Gourmet Express, Simply Ono Popcorn and Foods, Davey Jones Ribs, Mr. Pizza and Beach House Beverage Cart.  Whether it’s a unique appetizer, gourmet entrée or delectable desert that’s desired, Sunset viewers will be delighted with the variety and quality of selections available at reasonable prices.


Sunday’s taping of “Give Aloha” sets off a week of events in remembrance of the tragedies in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.  The events include Prayer services at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral at 7 to 9 a.m.; a special program and concert at Kawaiahao Church at 8:46 a.m.; free admission at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, as part of a  national initiative with museums across America, offering a forum of remembrance and understanding, and a series of films throughout the day; and a city-wide remembrance ceremony at City Hall at 9:45.  The program at City Hall includes an Oli by Kahu John Keola Lake, Presentation of Colors by Honolulu Fire Department Honor Guard and Honolulu Police Department Color Guard, Tolling of the Bell and Moment of Silence, and Laying of the Wreath.  Special performances will be offered by entertainers Henry Kapono, DisGuys, Forte and the Celtic Pipe and Drums.


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



Thursday, September 05, 2002

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