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April 28, 2003



             The city’s most popular movie-music-food fest, “Sunset on the Beach,” travels to West Oahu next Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Kapolei Fairgrounds.  Situated on the corner of Farrington Highway and Fort Barrette Road, the event boasts a robust slate of activities for the entire family.  Thousands are expected to rediscover the unique characteristics, culture, arts, artists and services of Kapolei and Ewa.

“Sunset on the Beach” is one of the most popular entertainment events ever in Hawaii, is always well-attended and has already proven to boost local businesses,” said event Chair Mary Ann Miyashiro.  “Our event is patterned after this concept and is a wonderful opportunity for thousands of people to rediscover West Oahu.  There will be continuous live entertainment, craft booths, a marketplace, informational booths, activities for the keiki, a free large-screen movie on both nights and, of course, ono food!” added Miyashiro.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m., with craft fairs, restaurants, market place, inflatables, entertainment by guest artists, and other fun activities for the entire family.  At 4 p.m. radio stations OLDIES 107.5, 105 KINE and KCCN FM 100 will feature popular local bands, deejays and contests.  Throughout the day, there will be skate board demonstrations and skate clinics provided by Team OGIO and TOWN & COUNTRY, displays by Hawaii Bikers United Motorcycles, martial arts demonstrations, and “Hawaii Strong Men” exhibitions.  Also planned are a Watermelon Easting Contest and other competitions, door prizes, rides and games. 

Outstanding local entertainment will include the Polynesian Cultural Center, Five by 5, Simplisity, Hot Rain, Nuuanu Brothers, Celtic Pipes and Drums, Ewa Beach Girls and Boys Club, O’Brien Eselu and Ke Kai O Kahiki, Joe Onosai and other guest artists. 

             Two very special events, designed to honor the Armed Forces and extend a heartfelt homecoming to our troops, are planned for both evenings.  On Saturday, “Sunset on the Plains” will host a “Proud To Be An American Flag Ceremony” at 7 p.m. before the featured movie.  The salute includes Five by 5 singing the “Star Spangled Banner”, recording artist Kim Char Meredith singing “Hawaii Pono’I” and everyone joining in to sing “God Bless America”.  The audience will be encouraged to participate in this patriotic medley with more than 20,000 flags to be distributed prior to the salute.

             On Sunday, May 4, the “Sunset on the Plains” will present a “Welcome Home Heroes Concert” starring the prestigious Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor, Stuart Chafetz.  The concert features a medley of patriotic symphonic pieces and Hawaiian music, ending with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by artillery and the Stars and Stripes Forever with a spectacular fireworks display.   Former Miss America, Angela Baraquio, is also expected to perform during the concert.

             “Blue Crush,” the featured film on Saturday, begins at 7:30 p.m. and stars Kate Bosworth and Matthew Davis.   Romance, surfing and babes, shot against a spectacular Hawaiian backdrop, make this contemporary Gidget-like film popular with the young surfing audience.  The movie also showcases the talents of local actors, Sanoe Lake and Michelle Rodrigues. 

             On Sunday, at 7 p.m., Sunset on the Plains presents “Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s internationally popular trilogy, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Liv Tyler.    All movies are viewed on the city’s giant 30-foot screen.

              Restaurants participating include Aloha Sushi, Ba-Le French Sandwich & Restaurant, Ewa Beach Loco Moco Drive Inn, Uncle Herb’s Hot Malasadas, Hong Kong Harbor View Seafood Restaurant, Julie’Z Restaurant, King’s Inn, Kapolei Loco Moco Drive Inn, Menehune Water, Moani’s Country Kitchen, Oliveneo’s, Parrot Ice, Pizza Hut, Simply Ono Popcorn and Slush Puppie. 

              Free parking and bus shuttles will be offered throughout the day on both days, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., on Farrington Highway.  On site parking will be provided with access on Kealanani Avenue.  Additional parking is located at Kapolei High School, the State Office Building and Kapolei Hale with free bus shuttle service to the site throughout the day.  TheBus offers convenient transportation via Routes “C” and “40.”

             Key sponsors for “Sunset on the Plains” are Ko Olina Resort & Marina, Grace Pacific, First Hawaiian Bank, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Estate of James Campbell, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Honolulu Symphony, Gentry Homes, Haseko, Inc., Tesoro, Makai Village Partnership, Hawaii Metal Recycling, Chevron Hawaii, St. Francis Medical Center, City and County of Honolulu, the Hawaii Restaurant Association, News 8, K5 The Home Team, OLDIES 107.5, 105 KINE and KCCN FM 100. 

              For more information contact the City’s Information Office, 523-CITY or 527-6060, Event Chair Mary Miyashiro, 689-7894; Vice Chair Patty Teruya, 692-5829; and Maeda Timson, 349-5992, or Councilmembers Mike Gabbard, 547-7001, and Nestor Garcia, 547-7009.




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