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

                                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (APRIL 18, 2002)
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 event will feature Waipahu restaurants, businesses, community organizations, entertainers, and artists.  As with all “Sunset” events, thousands are expected to fill the park.  At the Wai`anae Coast Sunset on the Beach last month, the Honolulu Police Department estimated over 50,000 residents and visitors enjoyed the two-day event.  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 than 40 products, services, games, art, and crafts, including: 

                        Adway Promotions
                        Anakela Ohana Games
                        Bad Boy Designs
                        Baked Goods by Sharon Lum
                        Blue Wave Hawaii
                        Crafts by Ella
                        Crafts by Elton Escobido
                        Creations by Cheryl   
                        Gifts of Distinction
                        H2O Plus Water Distiller
                        Handcrafted Jewelry and Baskets by Loretta Malepeai
                        Handcrafted Jewelry by Lyle Tom
                        Handmade Lollipops
                        Hawaii Children’s Book Wealth
                        Herbalife Products
                        Ideal Engraving
                        J Hawaiian Tote Bags
                        JIKC Karate Instructions
                        Jewelry by Julie Kirby
                        Jo Farina House of Filipino Attire
                        Kerry Waterless Car Wash DWG International
                        Lauhala Handbags and Hawaiian Gifts
                        Leeward Shiatsu
                        Liliu Creations
                        Local Sista Company
                        Lokelani’s Island Treasures
                        Lucena’s Rice Cakes and Catering
                        Mary’s Art Craft
                        North Star
                        Nukkles & Nuzzles
                        Oceanair Printing
                        Panui Ohana Games
                        Polynesian Underground
                        Rudy’s Wood Crafts
                        Sat Tech
                        Tupperware
                        UFC Travel
                        West Side Tackle and Sporting Goods
                        Youngevity 

HPD’s  Keiki ID and Inflatable games will also be available for the kids.  Entertainers from the community, such as Na `Ohana O Ke Anuenue, Korean Heritage Group, Karilagan Hawai`i, Sa Fire Band, City of Refuge Voices of Praise, and Loso’s South Seas Revue, will perform throughout the day.  Community leaders Edith and Roland Pascua will emcee Saturday’s performances, and Taunja Paishon will serve as the emcee on Sunday. 

Door Prizes will be drawn from 3:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. on both days.  Door prize tickets will be available at each Open Market vendor.  Winners must be present to claim prizes.  Tickets received on Saturday will be drawn on Saturday; tickets received on Sunday will be drawn on Sunday. 

At 5:00 p.m., radio station Hawaiian 105 KINE will feature fun contests and popular local bands Kahua and Kahala Moon on Saturday, Nathan Aweau, Ike Pono, and Acoustic Soul on Sunday. 

At 7:00 p.m., after a short Hawaii’s Plantation Village video, 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 both days, 14 restaurants will offer a wide variety of menu items at attractive prices.  Participating restaurants and brief descriptions of their specialties follow: 

Cocina Filipina                                  Filipino cuisine
            Hako Sushi                                        Japanese and Korean cuisine
            Hawaii’s Plantation Village Café    Calamari, snacks and drinks
            La Familia Restaurante Mexicano  Mexican cuisine
            Laverne’s Catering and Takeout     Local foods
            Mom’s  Soul Food Restaurant         Southern Style cuisine
            Sistah’s Ono Fried Ice Cream Co. Ice cream treats and shaved ice
            Papa John’s Pizza                            Pizza
            Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering       Bentos and Snacks
            Parrot Ice                                           Slush Drinks and Snacks
            Uncle Herb’s Hot Malasadas           Malasadas
            Waikele Clubhouse                          Chicken Plates and Ahi Cake
            Waipahu High School
            Project Graduation                            Local plates 

Parking and free trolley service to the event will be available throughout Waipahu town, including Hans L’Orange Park, Leeward YMCA, FilCom Center (volunteers only), Waipahu Elementary School, Waipahu Shopping Plaza, Waipahu Shopping Center, Waipahu Town Center (Safeway), Waikele Center, Village Park – Park and Ride, and Waipio Gentry Center. 

            The Waipahu Sunset in the Park event program, distributed to guests upon arrival, includes a Discount Coupon entitling the bearer to special 5% - 25% discounts or special offers at 28 shops throughout Waipahu and other locations to encourage sales.  Discounts are not valid in combination with other discounted offers, and are valid April 22, 2002 through June 19, 2002.   

“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 attend ‘Sunset’ at Hawaii’s Plantation Village and rediscover the old plantation charm of Waipahu.” 

Self-guided tours of the historic Hawaii’s Plantation Village will feature the diverse ethnic and cultural charm of Waipahu’s people.  The charge is $1 per adult; children 12-years-old and under are free (normal rate is $7 per adult). 

Community groups planning the event include Friends of Waipahu Cultural Garden Park, Waipahu Community Association, Waipahu Business Association, Filipino Community Center, Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii, Leeward Lions, Leeward YMCA, St. Joseph School-Waipahu, Waipahu School Complex, West Pearl Harbor Rotary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Waikele Community Association, Waipio Gentry Community Association, and Village Park Community Association. 

Also on the planning committee are the Office of Senator Cal Kawamoto, Office of Senator Brian Kanno, Office of Representative Nestor Garcia, and the Office of City Council Chair John DeSoto. 

“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 the Hawaii Restaurant Association, Hawaiian 105 KINE, KHNL-News 8, and KFVE the Home Team.                       

            For more information call 523-CITY, the Waipahu Community Association at 677-6339, or Hawaii’s Plantation Village at 677-0110. 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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