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June 23, 2003





    Family Day is a series of festive events and activities in Waikiki on Saturday, July 5, in what promises to be the largest Independence Day weekend celebration Honolulu has ever seen.  Family Day is a community celebration of pride and patriotism in honor of Hawaii’s keiki and members of America’s armed forces. The Waikiki Improvement Association, Hawaii Christian Coalition, Aloha Shriners, Pearl City Foundation, ASTON Resorts & Hotels and the City & County of Honolulu are among the sponsors of the Family Day events.


    Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running throughout the day until 9:30 p.m., Family Day will feature a parade along Kalakaua Avenue, food, entertainment and displays at Kapi`olani Park Bandstand, a beach concert and fireworks display followed by a popular feature film on the City’s 30-foot screen at Sunset on the Beach.


    The celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. with a Parade from Ft. DeRussy to Kapiolani Park featuring thousands of local keiki, floats, the new zoo train, HPD horse unit, floats, local and mainland bands, clowns, celebrity characters like Lani Moo and Kawika Moo on an HFD fire engine, Pineapple Pete and Chuck E. Cheese, unique city vehicles, classic cars, 50 state flags carried by officers from Hickam Air Force Base, and Uncle Sam.  The Hawaii Christian Coalition sponsors the Parade.


    The Family Day Festival at Kapi`olani Park, also sponsored by the Hawaii Christian Coalition and other organizations, will start at 11:00 a.m. and go through 6:00 p.m. The area around the bandstand will come alive with a Keiki Village, children’s games, inflatables, rides, displays, arts and crafts, a SongFest at the Kodak Hula Stage, community information booths, and twenty food booths.  There will also be a concert at the Bandstand with ethnic performances and popular local entertainers like Jake Shimabukuro, Jennifer, American Idol Jordon Segundo, Brother Noland, Mark Matthews, and Abe Weinstein with a preview of the Hawaii International Jazz Festival.


    At 4:00 p.m., more entertainment will begin at Sunset at the Beach.  Sponsored by the Waikiki Improvement Association and ASTON Resorts & Hotels, the popular food-music-movie fest will also feature contests with Aston’s beach line prizes.  The entertainment will include the delightful keiki of Hâlau Hula Olana and the patriotic sounds of the Hawaii Air National Guard Band as the fireworks display begins.  Festivities culminate with the Disney family favorite “Lilo & Stitch” on the 30-foot Sunset on the Beach screen at 8 pm.

     Free parking will be available at Kapiolani Community College and Kaimuki High School, with frequent shuttles running to and from Kapiolani Park.  In addition, the Waikiki Improvement Association has arranged 3,000 parking stalls in Waikiki to be available atdiscounted rates, and special discounted hotel packages starting at $59 per night, for families who wish to spend the Fourth of July weekend in Waikiki.




Monday, June 23, 2003

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