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          The City and County of Honolulu will celebrate the completion of improvements to Kuhio Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 19, with a mini-Brunch on the Beach, free TheTransit shuttle rides and entertainment by Na Leo.


          “Christmas Brunch on Kuhio Avenue” will start at 10 a.m. at King Kalakaua Park on Kuhio  Avenue, in front of Keo’s Restaurant at the Ambassador Plaza. In addition to Keo’s Thai and breakfast menu, Royal Yakiniku will serve selections from their regular Brunch on the Beach items.


          A section of Kuhio Avenue from Kuamoo and Namahana streets will be closed to allow the public to enjoy the celebration, which will include an appearance by the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club, Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani and a visit from Santa. Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani, under the direction of Kumu Hula Hokulani DeRego, will preview their annual Christmas show.


          The public is encouraged to park at the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Shell and Kapiolani Park and catch TheTransit free shuttles from the Kapahulu Avenue Trolley stop to the celebration site at the other end of Kuhio Avenue. The free rides will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.


          Those riding the shuttle will be able to see the new improvements on Kuhio Avenue which include widened sidewalks, landscaping, new historic lighting and other road improvements. They will also be given a raffle ticket for drawings held throughout the day.


          Mayor Jeremy Harris began the revitalization of Waikiki back in the late 1990s. After upgrading Klakaua Avenue and Kuhio Beach, he moved on to build the beautiful Kapiolani Bandstand, install sculptures and fountains. Other improvement projects resulted in a new police station, concession stand, hula mound and much more.


          The Kuhio Avenue project along with landscape improvements on Ala Wai Boulevard are the final elements of his Waikiki revitalization plan.


          “Hundreds of community and business leaders have helped make this vision a reality,” Mayor Harris said. “Today, Waikiki is a vibrant visitor destination and an exciting place for local residents who work, live and play there. We have accomplished a great deal by working together.”


          “Christmas Brunch on Kuhio Avenue” is sponsored by the City, the Waikiki Improvement Asscociation, GM, New Flyer and Caterpillar.



Wednesday, December 15, 2004

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