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                Public Communications Division
                            Department of Customer Services
                            City & County of Honolulu
                            523-4385

                                                                                                                      

SUNSET ON THE BEACH TRAVELS TO WAIPAHU 

Sunset on the Beach, the City’s popular “Rediscover O`ahu’s Neighborhoods” movie-music-food-fest, will be at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2001.  The event, appropriately named “Waipahu Sunset in the Park,” will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will run through 9:00 p.m. on both days. 

The all-day events will feature Waipahu restaurants, businesses, community organizations, entertainers, and artists.  As with all “Sunset” events, thousands are expected to fill the park.  At the recent Wai`anae Coast Sunset on the Beach, the Honolulu Police Department estimated over 50,000 residents and visitors enjoyed the event over the two days.  Residents traveled to the scenic coast from as far away as Hawaii Kai and Manoa to rediscover the natural beauty, hospitality and charm of this unique community. 

Both days in Waipahu will begin at 11:00 a.m. with an Open Market showcasing more community products, services, art, and crafts.  Entertainers from the community will perform throughout the day.  At 5:00 p.m. radio station KINE will feature fun contests and popular local bands. 

At 7:00 p.m., it’ll be time for the grand finale – great movies on a huge outdoor, 30-foot screen.  On Saturday, the movie will be the popular James Bond film “The World is Not Enough,” featuring the London Millennium Dome and Pierce Brosnan.  On Sunday, “Field of Dreams,” featuring Kevin Costner, will be shown.  Released in 1989, “Field of Dreams” inspired millions and was nominated for “Best Picture of the Year.” 

Throughout the day, Waipahu’s finest restaurants will offer a wide variety of menu items at attractive prices.  These restaurants include:  La Familia Restaurante Mexicano, Mom’s Soul Food Restaurant, Laverne’s Catering & Takeout, Waikele Clubhouse, Cocina Filipina, Hako Sushi, Tamioka’s Seafood & Catering, Papa John’s Pizza, and Ohana Catering. 

Convenient parking and free trolley service to the event will be available to the site from throughout Waipahu town, including Hans L’Orange Park, Leeward YMCA, Westgate Center (Leeward Drive Inn), Waipahu Shopping Plaza (Elena’s), Waipahu Shopping Center (Foodland), Daiei Plaza, Waipahu Town Center (Long’s), Village Park – Park and Ride, and Waipio Center. 

“The City Team is working with many civic and business leaders to create the third community ‘Sunset’ in the ‘Rediscover O`ahu’s Neighborhoods’ program,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris, applauding the efforts of the community.  “These leaders have given countless hours to ensure the success of their event.  Each community has its own special charm and culture; I encourage residents and visitors to rediscover the old plantation charm of Waipahu.”   

Community groups planning the event include Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Waipahu Community Association, Waipahu Business Association, Leeward YMCA, Waipahu Empower Oahu, Leeward Rotary, Pearl Harbor Lions and others. 

“Sunset” in communities like Waipahu, the Wai`anae Coast, and Kailua is a City initiative to revitalize the local economy and bring people and communities together.  Additional neighborhood Sunsets will be announced shortly. 

            Joining the City as corporate co-sponsors are KINE, KHNL, KFVE and the Hawaii Restaurant Association.           

            For further information on participating in the Waipahu Sunset in the Park, restaurants and Open Market vendors are encouraged to call the Waipahu Community Association at 677- 6939.  Interested entertainers and crafters should call Hawaii’s Plantation Village at 677- 0110.

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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