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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact Patti Kimoto, 527-6060   DECEMBER 1, 2002                                     

 HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURES
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Organizers of the 19th Annual Honolulu City Lights are encouraging people to arrive early to avoid the heavy traffic and parking crunch around Honolulu Hale on Opening Night, Saturday, December 6.    A variety of food booths and live entertainment have been arranged to put early arrivals in a festive mood.

 Starting at 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the Honolulu Star-Bulletin/Midweek and KCCN FM-100 radio present a live concert at the Skygate stage featuring St. Elizabeth School Praise Choir, Ko’u Mana’o and Edgewater.  Under the direction of former Honolulu Boy Choir “best vocalist o the year” Peter Milo, the 58-member Praise Choir of St. Elizabeth School, grades 3 through 8, will kick off the concert stage this year.  Popular local groups Ko’u Mana’o and Edgewater will follow.

  Ukulele legend and Na Hoku Hanohano 2003 “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” Jake Shimabukuro joins Mayor Jeremy Harris on the Mayor’s Stage at Honolulu Hale at 6 p.m. for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Jake will premiere a special rendition of “Honolulu City Lights.”  Joining them with a Christmas medley will be his brother Bruce Shimabukuro and three keiki from his ukulele school.

              At precisely the time the mayor turns on the big tree in front of City Hall, the electrifying Public Workers Electric Light Parade passes the mayor’s stage.  The parade is sponsored by Hawaiian Electric, Friends of Honolulu City Lights and the City and County of Honolulu.  It begins at Aala Park and travels to Honolulu Hale via King Street. 

               Kakaako kids, Brickwood Galuteria and Emme Tomimbang will host this annual spectacle featuring 30 intricately decorated floats, city vehicles and 15 bands as they march past Honolulu Hale.  Among the city vehicles is the “Zoo Choo Express,” the new Honolulu Zoo train, carrying Lani Moo and Kawika Moo, Taylor Wu, 2003 Healthy Baby, and city employees’ kids. 

              The parade and highlights of other opening night activities will be broadcast live on Olelo Channel 54.  It will be shown again on Channel 55 on December 24 (8 p.m.), December 25 (6 p.m.), December 26 (1 p.m.) and December 27 (10 a.m.).  The one-hour special will also be broadcast on KHON 2 on Sunday, December 21.

              Hawaii’s favorite promoter Tom Moffatt presents another star-studded two-hour concert on the Skygate Stage across the lawn.  The spectacular concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to end at about 10 p.m.

             Audiences will be treated to special holiday performances featuring Jordan Segundo, Five by 5 with Simplisity, Kikaida and the Androids, Hapa and Henry Kapono.

             Jordan Segundo, Hawaii’s popular American idol, whose new CD is scheduled to be released in February 2004, will kick off the holiday concert.  A brief performance by Hypersquad Dance Company will follow.

             Five by 5 with the powerhouse group Simplisity will have the crowd rocking and rolling.  Noted for their high energy and acappella virtuosity, these young men grew up and entertained together then went separate ways after graduating from high school.  Last year, for various reasons, they all came back to Hawaii, came together as Five by 5 and released their first CD appropriately titled “Coming Home.

            Kikaida, the red and blue android who fights dark destructoid monsters to keep us all safe from the evil Professor Gill, will dazzle two generations of kids – the original members of 1970s “Generation Kikaida” and the second generation of today’s keiki.  With the red and blue android will be other androids and monsters in a mock holiday battle.

             Renown guitarists and vocalists Barry Flanagan, Nathan Aweau and Ernie Cruz, Jr., known as the popular group, “Hapa,” will delight audiences with their beautiful Hawaiian harmony and melodies. 

             Entertainment legend Henry Kapono and his band rounds out the impressive entertainment lineup for the 19th Annual Honolulu City Lights Concert.

            

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Thursday, December 04, 2003

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