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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 23, 2003

 NORTH SHORE HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL SUNSET ON THE BEACH

             The North Shore community will be hosting the next “Rediscover Oahu,” the city’s most popular traveling food-music-movie fest, at Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park, May 30 through June 1.   Relive the charm of historic Hale’iwa Town and bring the entire family to this three-day event, from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 12 noon to 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

            “North Shore Sunset on the Beach is going to be bigger and better than last year’s event,” said Kalani Fronda, President of North Shore Chamber of Commerce and event co-chair for the second year.  “It’s bringing the whole community together with a shared goal of revitalizing the North Shore economy,” added co-chair Josh Heimowitz, Executive Director of Camp Erdman YMCA.

            Rediscover Oahu is also about bringing visitors and residents from other communities to Haleiwa to enjoy the charm, quaint shops and festivity of the North Shore,” said Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “Our island communities are unique, and economic development programs like Rediscover showcase the best of each neighborhood.  I commend every person who is involved in its production and encourage everyone to come to the North Shore and enjoy,” said Mayor Harris.

“The City’s Rediscover Oahu program promotes activities in the outlying communities, including Waianae, Pearl City, Kailua and the North Shore.  It supports our small businesses and provides activities for families to enjoy,” said Councilmember Donovan Dela Cruz.  “I encourage residents and visitors to the island to visit the North Shore and enjoy all that it has to offer.”

             There will be something for the entire family, with food booths, keiki corner, ocean sports, prizes, blockbuster movies, live entertainment, open market, historical trolley tours,  country fair games and an extreme sports village featuring skateboarding and exhibitions by OGIO Team Hawaii.

             Children’s entertainment includes face painting, balloon-making clown, hair braiding, arts and crafts, beanbag toss, Keiki I. D., story telling and inflatable bouncers.  The free Country Fair games and contests are for all ages and include hilarious competitions such as the “Egg Carry,” “Three-legged,” “Wheelbarrow” and “Sack” races.  Eating contests include “Blindfolded Kahuku Corn” and “Shave Ice Eating.”  North Shore Sunset on the Beach

A tempting selection of menu items at great prices will be available – from chefs’ signature dishes to favorite local snacks.  Participating restaurants include Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp Truck, Haleiwa Super Market, H. Miura Shave Ice, Kainoa’s, Kono’s Hotdogs, Lei’s Bar & Grill at Turtle Bay Resort, Lickety Split Ice Cream, North Shore Cattle Company & North Shore Farms, Oils of Aloha Popcorn, Paalaa Kai Bakery, Sada’s Malasadas, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell, Sunset Pizza Italian Food, Time 2 Grind, Turtle Bay Resort and Waimea Falls Park Country Kitchen.

             Radio stations 1043 XME and KCCN FM-100 deejays will feature top island entertainment, including Surf Jam, Countryside Band, Ko’o Mana’o, Kapili 2 and All Jammed Up.

             All movies are shown on a giant 30-foot screen and begin at 7:30 p.m.  The featured film on Friday is “Blue Crush,” filmed on the North Shore and starring Kate Bosworth and Matthew Davis.  Romance, surfing and “babes,” shot against a spectacular Hawaiian backdrop, make “Blue Crush” popular with Haleiwa’s young surfing audience.  The movie also showcases local talents Sanoe Lake and Michelle Rodrigues. 

             On Saturday, Sunset on the Beach premieres Garrett McNamara’s big wave surf film.  The premiere is followed by “Catch Me If You Can,” starring the irresistible Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, based upon the true story of a congenial and talented con artist and the detective, played by Tom Hanks, who relentlessly pursues him.  Directed by Steven Spielberg, this comedy-drama is worth seeing.

               Sunday, Sunset on the Beach brings back the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”   Comedian-actress Nia Vardalos wrote and starred in this low-budget, highly enjoyable film about an upper middle class white professional male who meets and falls in love with a brainy female Greek computer geek caught between old world values and Western ideals.  John Corbin stars as the American boyfriend who tries valiantly to gain acceptance into Nia’s colorful working class family.

Free trolley service begins at 5 pm on Friday and 12 pm on Saturday, and Sunday continues throughout the day between Haleiwa Main Street and the event site.  Visitors will be able to stop, explore and shop at their leisure in Haleiwa Town, hop a trolley and then arrive at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park in time for a full day of activities.  From town, visitors can board the City’s The Bus and reach Haleiwa via Routes 52 or 88A.  Free parking is available at Haleiwa Beach Park, Haleiwa Elementary School, Waialua Elementary School and Haleiwa Boat Harbor.

The North Shore Community Chamber of Commerce, the City and County of Honolulu, Empower North Shore Oahu, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kamehameha Schools, Waimea Falls Park, YMCA Camp Erdman, DCHawaii.com and Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l. Inc. are sponsoring North Shore Sunset on the Beach.  For more information, contact the North Shore Community Chamber of Commerce at 637-4558 or 523-CITY. 

 

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Friday, May 23, 2003

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