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June 25, 2004

 4th of July Picnic in the Park for Families
July 3 & 4, 2004

            The Kapiolani Park and Bandstand will be the ideal place for families to spend the 4th of July Weekend.  In celebration of our nation’s birthday on July 3 & 4th from 10 am to 9:30 pm each day, Kapiolani Park will come alive with food, live entertainment, keiki games, inflatables, displays and lots of fun. 


             The Kapiolani Park Bandstand will feature live entertainment on both days.  On Saturday, featured performers include Ho’olu, Jan Kaeo, amplified, Drill Team Hawaii, Na Pu’ukani, Royal Hawaiian Band, Chinese Jumping Lions and conclude with an all star patriotic concert by the Hawaii Stars, as seen on television.

             On Sunday, featured performers include Two Girls and a Guy, Stacie Taniguchi, Paula Fuga, Kut Master Spaz, Buckz Boyz with Simplicity, Na Leo Naha Nahe o Kupuna, SugAHdaddy and Shinning Start. Na Hoku Hanohano multiple award winner Jake Shimabukuro will headline the afternoon’s performance.

             On both days, the 4th of July Picnic in the Park will feature a Children’s Stage featuring Filipino Martial Arts, Brazilian Capoeira, Mystique the Magical Mermaid, Dancers of Paradise, Clowns of Aloha and much more.


            The area around the bandstand will come alive with a Keiki Village – a Children’s Stage, children’s games, inflatables and rides.  Displays will include Antique Military Vehicles, Classic Cars, Jr. Dragsters, Keiki ID, and police, fire and EMS vehicles.


            Twelve awesome food booths will feature everything from ribs, garlic shrimp, pizza to Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiian dishes and popular local plate lunches.  Featured restaurants include Aiea Taro Patch, Fukuya Delicatessen, Pizza Hut, Robert’s BBQ Ribs, Shimazu Shave Ice, Shrimp Express, Seafood Village, Slush Puppies, 888 Vietnamese Fastfood, Royal Yakiniku and Mama’s Gone Bananas.

             The City & County of Honolulu, Waikiki Improvement Association, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii AFL-CIO, Hawaii Stars, KHCM, FISH 95.5 FM and Family Day Outreach International are among the sponsors of the weekend events.


            At 5:00 p.m., more entertainment will begin at Sunset at the Beach.  Sponsored by ASTON Resorts & Hotels, the Waikiki Improvement Association, Hawaii Tourism Authority and radio stations Hawaiian 105 KINE and 1043 XME, the popular food-music-movie fest will also feature contests with Aston’s beach line prizes.  The entertainment on Saturday will include the salsa group Batacume and the patriotic songs of the Marine Corp Band with a fireworks display. 

             Shot off 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 Steve Martin’s popular Cheaper by the Dozen on the 30-foot Sunset on the Beach screen at 7:45 pm.

             On Sunday, Sunset on the Beach will feature the salsa group, Son Caribe, so bring your dancing shoes and get ready for lots of salsa!  The movie at 7:30 pm will be Hawaii filmed 50 First Dates, staring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

             For more information on the Holoholo parking rates, hotel packages and other Waikiki Fourth of July specials, call the Waikiki Improvement Association at 923-1094 or the City and County of Honolulu at 523-CITY.

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Friday, July 02, 2004

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