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June 19, 2003                                                              



          The Honolulu Zoo will have a new attraction starting this Friday, June 20, that’s sure to please families with young children.

          A multi-colored train with several passenger cars will offer rides around the zoo for $1 per passenger. An educational audio presentation, written by the Honolulu Zoological Society, will play as the train moves from the starting point at the big banyan tree, past the elephant, gibbon, alligator, Galapagos tortoise and tiger displays.

          An opening day dedication is planned for this Friday at 11:00 a.m. There will be no charge for the train rides on opening day.

          Providing the traditional Hawaiian blessing and untying of the maile lei will be Na Kahu Kamaki Kanahele and Kauila Clark.  Keha,13; Hekili, 8, and Kaua Clark,6, will blow the pu.

          The Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club will provide prelude music from 10:30 a.m.  Meadow Gold Dairies are providing ice cream and juice for the children.

          City Managing Director Benjamin B. Lee, FAIA, will serve as conductor of the Inaugural Ride, carrying television and radio personality Michael W. Perry and his grandchildren, Keila Sue Wong, Healthy Baby of the Year, and mascots Lani Moo, Sunny Ohana, and Pineapple Pete.

          Kumu Hula Olana Ai and the keiki of Hâlau Hula Olana, and Alex, Central Pacific Bank’s fiercely loyal banker, will also be among guests on the Inaugural Ride.

          Corporate sponsors have funded the operation and maintenance of the train to keep the price of a ride to $1.00 for the first 3 months of the program.  Corporate sponsors include Central Pacific Bank, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii, Castle & Cooke, Inc., Aston Resorts and Hotels, Best Printing and ABC Stores. 

           “The train will be a popular addition to the experience children will have at the zoo,” said Kenneth Redman, Director of the Honolulu Zoo.  “And, we’re introducing it during the summer when attendance is the highest.”

           The train will be available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Xtreme Fun Rentals will operate the train.

            For information, contact the Honolulu Zoo at (808) 971-7171 or 523-CITY (2489).




Friday, June 20, 2003

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