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August 10, 2004




            The Waianae Coast is poised to once again host thousands of anticipated visitors to its Waianae Coast Sunset on the Beach 2004 at Maile Beach Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


            The prior Sunset on the Beach events on the Leeward Coast last year proved such a resounding success that the hardworking community has rolled up their sleeves to host their fourth Sunset.


“I commend the efforts of the entire Waianae community for their outstanding ability to pull together to bring about this tremendous family event,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “Our Rediscover Oahu weekends have proven to be an economic success as well as a wonderful opportunity to showcase communities around Oahu,” said Mayor Harris.




            The weekend offers two days of fun and activities, great food, fabulous entertainment, blockbuster movies, a Children’s Center, Health Expo, Non Profit Showcase, Classic Car Display and a Market Place, surprise guests and much more.  Record-breaking crowds are again expected to sample treats from 18 local restaurants featuring ethnic and signature dishes at very affordable prices. 




Non-stop entertainment on the main stage begins daily from 10 a.m. and will feature outstanding local artists.  Saturday Hawaiian 105 KINE presents entertainment featuring Halau Manpunaleo, Nuuanu Brothers, Kamalamalama, Koena, Halau Ku’u Pua ‘Ilima with Moki Boy, Kawa’o, Contryside Band, ‘Ike Pono, and the US Air Force Band of the Pacific.  On Sunday, FM 100 will emcee the entertainment which will include Stephanie Pilialoha, Way Back When, Na Kama, Na Pu’u Kane, Leo Nahenahe, Hot Rain, Back to Back, B.E.T. and many more.





At dusk on Sunday, the entertainment finale will be the 65-piece Shanghai Jiao tong University Students’ Orchestra with a spectacular fireworks display over Maili Beach at sunset.




The Children’s Center includes an assortment of bouncers, castles and mechanical rides from Xtreme Fun Rentals.  The center will also feature a Bike Track operated by the North Shore Bikers, arcade games, Lego Land, Keiki ID and city vehicles, including the Fire House.


Live entertainment on the Children’s Center stage begins at noon on both days.  On Saturday, featured groups include Kula Kaiopuni’o Nanakuliame Punananleo’o Wai’anae, Mokiao Hula Halau, Keiki Beachwear Contest, Mad Science of Hawaii, and Keliinoi Hula Halau.  On Sunday, the children’s entertainment features Alu Liki Nanakuli Youth Project, Story Telling by Chris Da Clown, Watermelon Eating Contest, Keiki Hula by Kawehi, Made Science of Hawaii, Ark of Safety and Nolan & U’ilani.




The Waianae Coast Marketplace offers a wide variety of items from both local artisans and businesses.  The Marketplace will also host the Health Expo where one can get free health checks, screenings, medical referrals and demonstrations.  Waianae’s non-profits will be present to describe their services for the community.




Blockbuster movies begin at 7:30 p.m. on the city’s 30-foot screen.  On Saturday, the event will feature a double feature.  The first movie is the widely acclaimed surfing documentary, Step Into Liquid (PG) featuring the North Shore and other great surfing spots, followed by the hilarious Barber Shop 2:  Back in Business (PG-13; Edited).  On Sunday, the featured film will be 50 First Dates (PG-13; Edited), staring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and shot in Hawaii.





Participating restaurants include, Angelos Shrimp & Steak, Golden House Chop Suey, Furrel Cakes, Hawaiian Style, JW Marriott Ihilani Spa & Resort – Naupaka Restaurant, K Restaurant, Leiolani’s Party Rentals, Nano’s Filipino Food, Paradise Water Ice, Pizza Hut Waianae,  Quik Stop Foods, Sistah’s Fried Ice Cream, Slush Puppie Hawaii, Time 2 Grind, The Waianae Store, 3 Star Restaurant, Uncle Herb’s Malasadas, Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi, and Woody’s Hot Dogs.





Valley of the Rainbows… Making Dreams Come True is the organizing sponsor of the event.  Valley of the Rainbows prepares the Waianae youth to embrace the diverse community, attain personal goals and aspire to be contributing citizens.  “I’d like to thank the City and County of Honolulu and our sponsors for partnering with Valley of Rainbows to bring this great family event to the Waianae Coast,” said Valley of Rainbows President and event chair Denice Keliikoa.  “We look forward to a fun-filled event and invite the public to join us,” she added. 


Other sponsors of Waianae Coast’s Sunset on the Beach 2004 include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Waste Management, Hawaiian Electric Company, Ko Olina Resort, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, Grace Pacific, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, the Estate of James Campbell, Kamehameha Schools, First Hawaiian Bank, Westside Stories, and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center Liliuokalani Trust.




Waianae Coast Sunset on the Beach 2004 is free and open to the public, although the public may donate a canned good or non-perishable item to the Hawaii Food Bank to benefit Waianae Coast families in need.   As with all Sunset community events, free shuttle transportation will be offered, beginning at noon each day with stops at Makaha Valley Road, Waianae Mall and Nanakuli Butler Building.  The final run from Maile Beach Park is at the conclusion of the movies.


For more information call Denice Keliikoa, 696-7298 or 286-7869; Gail Gomes, 696-7978 or Ginger Fuata, 668-2314 or 523-CITY.





Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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