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DECEMBER 9, 2003


            The City’s popular Sunset on the Beach revs up to West Oahu this weekend, offering spectacular air shows, superlative entertainment, superior restaurants and stupendous contests.  Sprint Hawaii is the title sponsor of Sunset on the Planes at the Kapolei Fairgrounds this Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The Hawaii Aviation Celebration at Kalaeloa Airport (formerly Barbers Point) also partners in the event, celebrating 100 years of powered flight in the nation and 93 years of flying in Hawaii. 

              The excitement begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, with entertainment, contests and a marketplace of handcrafters, artisans, local businesses and non-profit organizations, a keiki village with games and crafts, inflatables, rock climbing and informative exhibits and displays. 

               Live entertainment continues throughout both days, with deejays from Hawaiian 105 KINE and KCCN FM100 engaging the audience in contests and prizes.  The stellar lineup includes performances by various West Oahu schools and halaus, Hyper Squad Dance Company, Germaine’s Luau show, Island Heart, Country Style Band, Ho‛onu‛a, Opihi Pickers and others.  The Army National Guard Band will perform a Holiday Concert on Saturday and the nationally recognized U. S. Air Force’s “Tops in Blue Show” presenting top talent in singing, dancing and playing musical instruments, will be in concert on Sunday. 

The Hawaii Aviation Celebration dovetails with events at Sunset on the Planes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  The aviation activities at Kalaeloa Airport feature an exciting air show, aerobatic flying, displays of military, commercial and civilian aircrafts and historical and educational aviation exhibits, including a Wright Brothers flyer replica operating engine.

              Astronaut Carlos I. Noriega, veteran of two space shuttle missions on the Atlantis and Endeavor, will make a special appearance and participate in activities in the Saturday afternoon celebration at Kalaeloa Airport.  “Sprint Hawaii is thrilled to host Astronaut Noriega and give keiki an opportunity to meet first-hand an astronaut and lean how it is to be in space,” said Nonie Toledo, Sprint Hawaii’s Vice President and General Manager. 

Astronaut Noriega, who is married to former Hawaii resident, Wendy L. Thatcher, will also preside as Grand Marshall of Kapolei’s annual Holiday Electric Parade later that evening at 6 p.m., beginning at Kapolei Hale and traveling down Kamokila Boulevard to the Fairgrounds.  Appropriately, Santa will arrive in an airplane, riding alongside festively illuminated city utility and emergency vehicles, military color guards, marching high school bands and the Royal Hawaiian Band.

            On Sunday, December 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Astronaut Carlos I. Noriega will make a special appearance in the Sprint Hawaii Family Fun Tent to sign autographs and visit with youngsters.  The Fun Tent also showcases state-of-the-art wireless communication technology and multi-functional hand-held phone devices.  

Residents will have an opportunity to win a free round-trip for four to Maui and a three-day stay in an ocean-view suite at the Aston Kaanapali Shores, provided by Aston Hawaii and Hawaiian Airlines.  Sprint also offers a Family Fun Pack, a $40 value that can be redeemed for a free pony ride, inflatable ride, picture with Santa, food and other prizes as a gift for subscribing to Sprint Hawaii’s long distance service.  Other giveaways include four children’s bicycles and other prizes. 

At 7:30 p.m., the city’s giant 30-foot screen presents Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean,” starring Johnny Depp on Saturday, and Jim Carrey in “Bruce Almighty” on Sunday.  Both movies are edited for family entertainment and are free, but  attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for “Toys for Tots” at Santa’s tent in the Keiki Village, where photo taking with Santa will be available.  The event culminates on Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display.

 “The City created the Rediscover Oahu program to provide opportunities for local businesses, services providers and non-profits to showcase their products and services,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “We are grateful that major corporations such as Sprint Hawaii and the Hawaii Tourism Authority have joined with the West Oahu community and the City to promote the outstanding qualities of West Oahu,” added the mayor.

Other sponsors of Sunset on the Planes include the Hawaii Aviation Celebration, Pearl City Foundation, Abraham Holdings, Waste Management, Hawaiian Electric Company, The Estate of James Campbell, Grace Pacific, Shuler Homes, Ko Olina Resort, The Marketplace at Kapolei, Gentry Homes, Makai Partnership, Kalaeloa Partners, ASTON Hotels & Resorts and Hawaii Metal Recycling.

Parking the Kapolei Fairgrounds is available at a cost of $1 per vehicle with the proceeds benefiting Kapolei and Campbell High Schools’ Project Graduation.  Free parking is also available at Kalaeloa Airport, Kapolei High School and The Marketplace at Kapolei.  Free shuttle service will also be available on both days between the Kapolei Fairgrounds, Kapolei High School and Kalaeloa Airport.



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