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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           AMENDED
MARCH 18, 2004

 BUSINESSES JOIN TO SAY ALOHA TO DEPLOYING “TROPIC LIGHTING” TROOPS AT SCHOFIELD SUNSET IN THE PARK

Honolulu’s corporate community will jointly wish the 4,500 troops of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) heading to Afghanistan a safe deployment and speedy return at   “Schofield Sunset in the Park,” from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., March 20 & 21, 2004.   The weekend event will be held at Sills Fields on Schofield Barracks and is open to the general public.

 Joint military and civilian sponsors of the popular event are the City & County of Honolulu, U.S. Army, Hawaii, the Association of the United States Army, Sprint Hawaii, Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, Ohana Hotels & Resorts, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and The Honolulu Advertiser.   First Hawaiian Bank and USAA are additional sponsors.

            “The support of our business community is vital to undertake these economic initiatives.  Their leadership demonstrates how communities like Wahiawa and Mililani benefit from the increased visibility and new market opportunities that Schofield Sunset in the Park provide to businesses and service providers of these communities,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.

  “Schofield Sunset” also expresses the community’s aloha for the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division based at Schofield who are being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan for a long and hazardous tour of duty.  The two-day event highlights the network of support available to the remaining family members in the neighboring communities of Wahiawa, Mililani, Waipahu and the North Shore.

 “I would like to commend the members of the Mililani, Wahiawa and North Shore communities for their efforts to show our expression of appreciation to the soldiers and families of the 25th Infantry Division,” said Council Chair Donovan M. Dela Cruz.  “The members of the U.S. Army are important contributors to the Wahiawa, Mililani, and North Shore communities.” 

Strong community support has materialized in the form of community volunteers to serve on committees.  Thirteen popular restaurants from the surrounding communities will provide great food at affordable prices.  These restaurants include Time 2 Grind, Paradise Water Ice, Ono Kettle Korn, Pizza Hut, Slush Puppies, State Street Beef Col., Molly’s Smokehouse, Dong Yang Inn, Shimazu Shave Ice, Paalaa Kai Bakery, Giovanni’s White Shrimp Truck, Dots of Wahiawa and Gushy Trades.

 Leading entertainers who will be performing Saturday include recording artist Jennifer Perry on Saturday, American Idol finalist Jordan Segundo, Epic Session, 2 M’s Capoeira Hawaii & Aloha Rumberos, Batacumbe and All Jammed Up.  Sunday, audiences will be treated to an exciting variety of performers, including Na Kama, Pohaku, SUGahDaddy and the Schofield Tropic Lighting Band on Sunday. 

             “Schofield Sunset” will also feature a Market Place consisting of crafters, artists and businesses from the surrounding communities selling their products and services at affordable prices. 

 For the youngsters, there will be a children’s area with games, rides Keiki ID, and activities like face painting, tattooing, and pony rides.  The event will also have train ride, a Lego Land and a collection of restored military vehicles by the Hawaii Military Vehicles Preservation Association.

 For the teens, “Schofield Sunset” will feature a separate teen stage organized by Sassy Magazine on Saturday and Oceanic Cable on Sunday.  The teen stage will have entertainment, games, dance performances, contests and many more teen activities.

             At sunset, movies will be shown on the 30-foot screen and will feature “Pirates of the Caribbean” on Saturday, March 20, and “Seabiscuit” on Sunday, March 21.

 Attendees to “Schofield Sunset” are asked to have current photo identification and be prepared to have large packages and bags inspected before entering the base.  Ample free parking is available in designated areas on Schofield Barracks and is free.

 For further information, please contact either Jack Wiers at 438-0303 or Kathy Giannetti at 656-0110 of the U. S. Army, Hawaii; Malcolm J. Tom at 523-4811 of the City & County of Honolulu; Mark Segami at 547-4708 of the Office of Councilmember Nestor Garcia; or Brandon Mitsuda at 527-5710 of the Office of Council Chair Donovan Dela Cruz or http://mwrarmyhawaii.com/.

  

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Thursday, March 18, 2004

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