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July 2, 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 Hawaii Tourism Authority 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, and a concert, fireworks display, and movie at Sunset on the Beach.


            The Family Day Festival at Kapi`olani Park 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 – a Kid’s Stage, children’s games, inflatables, rides, displays, a Skate Village, Ladder Challenge and

            Fly Hi-Thrills.  A display of cars, a SongFest at the Kodak Hula Stage, and community information booths will add to the festivity. 

            More than 15 food booths will feature everything from hot dogs, saimin, cotton candy, shave ice and popcorn to ethnic dishes and popular local plate lunches

            The Family Day Festival will also feature a concert at the Bandstand with colorful ethnic performances and popular local entertainers like Nâ Hôku Hanohano Best Entertainer of the Year Jake Shimabukuro, Victor Records recording star Jennifer, “American Idol” Jordan Segundo, Brother Noland, Mark Matthews, Abe Weinstein with a preview of the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, and 7 Simple Pieces.  Local entertainer Al Waterson will emcee.


              At 4:00 p.m., more entertainment will begin at Sunset at the Beach.  Sponsored by ASTON Resorts & Hotels, the Waikiki Improvement Association and radio station 1043XME, the popular food-music-movie fest will also feature contests with Aston’s beach line prizes.  The entertainment will include the keiki of Hâlau Hula Olana and the patriotic songs of the Hawaii Army National Guard Band as the Fireworks begin at 8 p.m.  Shot off from Kapahulu Pier, the fireworks will light up Waikiki skies and may be viewed anywhere along the beach from the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel to New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel.  Festivities culminate with the Disney family favorite “Lilo & Stitch” on the 30-foot Sunset on the Beach screen at 8 pm.


              The Hawaii Christian Coalition is sponsoring the Kid’s Day Parade that will feature hundreds of local keiki, the 5-member HPD horse unit, ethnic presentations, local and mainland bands, clowns, celebrity characters like Lani Moo, Kawika Moo, Pineapple Pete and Chuck E. Cheese, classic cars, 50 state flags carried by military representatives from Hickam Air Force Base, and Uncle Sam.

              Motorists traveling through Waikiki should be aware that streets will close at 9:30 a.m. for the parade that will start at 10 a.m. from Ft. DeRussy to Kapi`olani Park. 


               Free parking will be available at Kapi`olani Community College and Kaimuki High School, with frequent shuttles running to and from Kap`iolani Park.  In addition, through its Holoholo Parking program, the Waikiki Improvement Association has arranged 4,000 parking stalls in Waikiki to be available at deeply discounted rates.  Participating parking garages throughout Waikiki display a sign with a lavender lei in a circle around a pink “P”.

               Waikiki hotels will offer special discounted hotel packages starting at $59 per night, for families who wish to spend the Fourth of July weekend in Waikiki.  For more information on the Holoholo Parking, hotel packages and other Waikiki Fourth of July specials, call the Waikiki Improvement Association at 923-1094.


Wednesday, July 02, 2003

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