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September 7, 2004





            The Waimanalo Community is poised to host thousands of anticipated visitors to its first annual Waimanalo Sunset on the Beach 2004 at Waimanalo Beach Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 & 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


“I commend the efforts of the Waimanalo 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,” he added.




            The weekend offers two days of fun and activities, great food, fabulous entertainment, blockbuster movies, a Children’s Center, Health Expo, Hawaiian Island Creation Surf Village, Classic Car Display and a Market Place, surprise guests and much more.  Fifteen local restaurants will feature their ethnic and signature dishes at very affordable prices.  The event is free and open to the general public.




Non-stop entertainment on the main stage begins daily from 10 a.m. and will feature outstanding local artists. Arranged by Hawaiian Hurricane Productions, the entertainment will feature on Saturday: Believe, Simplicity, Moana Allen, Hawaiian Pride, Guy Benson, Neutral Ground, Country Cruze, A’amele, Imua and others. 


On Sunday, the entertainment and the local artists will include: Seven Simple Pieces, Freestyle XP, Noeau, Neutral Ground, Hawaiian Pride, Guy Benson & Friends, 41 Dash, Ernie Cruz, Country Fire, Natural Vibes with Christian of Hoonua and many more.  Special Guests include The Braddahs, Augie and Lanai, Cary Tagawa, Matty Lui and Kainoa Mcgee. KCCN FM 100 will emcee the entertainment on Saturday and 104.3 XME on Sunday.




The Children’s Center includes a wide assortment of bouncers, castles and mechanical rides from Xtreme Fun Rentals.  The rides are $1 to $3 with $20 wristbands available for the entire day.  The Children’s Center also included carnival games like Bean Bag Toss, Basketball, Hoop Game, Fish Pond, Knock Down, Go Fish, Roll Down, Wheel of Fortune and more.  Coupon Books for $5.00 for eight games are available.


The Children’s Center includes their own stage and live entertainment starting at noon each day.





Come meet and greet the HIC team riders and enter to win a team HIC/Kekoa Cazimero surfboard.  Show your surf skills on the HIC surf simulation game and enter to win prizes.  Free giveaways and products also on sale.





Sponsored by the Waimanalo Health Center, the Health Expo features health checks, tips, free screenings, and demonstrations.  The Health Expo will also include educational information for a healthy life-style from various health and social service providers.




            Organized by the Waimanalo Boxing Club, there will be boxing exhibitions both days starting at 12 noon on a regulation sized boxing ring.  On Saturday, the Police Activities League will showcase their boxing skills for youngsters ages 7 to 17.  On Sunday, USA Amateur Boxing will have boxing matches featuring boxers from around the island.




The Waimanalo Marketplace will feature a wide variety of items from both local artisans and businesses.  Local crafters will display original products to sell, such as Koa products, jewelry, clothing, shell leis, Hawaiian leis and much more. The Marketplace will also feature Waimanalo’s non-profits will be present to describe their services for the community.




Blockbuster movies begin at 7:30 p.m. on a 30-foot screen.  On Saturday, the event will feature The Rock in The Rundown (PG-13; Edited).  On Sunday, the film will be 50 First Dates (PG-13; Edited), staring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and filmed in Hawaii, primarily at Waimanalo.




Participating restaurants include, Angelos, Shrimp & Steak and Malasadas, Cha Cha Cha Salsaria, Dave & Busters, East West BBQ, Funnel Cakes, Hawaiian Style Chile Company, K Restaurant, Nano’s Filipino Food, Paradise Water Ice, Pizza Hut, Quik Stop Foods, Slush Puppie Hawaii, Time 2 Grind, 3 Star Restaurant, Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi, and others.





Waimanalo Construction Coalition is the organizing sponsor of the event.  The mission of the Waimanalo Construction Coalition is to proactively and efficiently aid the unemployed, underemployed through interactive relations with government and business while improving and enhancing community provide and family self-sufficiency through full employment.  “I’d like to thank the City and County of Honolulu and our sponsors for partnering with Waimanalo Construction Coalition to bring this great family event to the Waimanalo,” said Waimanalo Construction Coalition President and event chair Andrew Jamila, Jr.  “We look forward to a fun-filled event and invite the public to join us,” he added.   Other sponsors of Waimanalo’s Sunset on the Beach 2004 include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Honolulu Star Bulletin/Midweek, KCCN FM 100, 104.3 XME, Hawaiian Hurricane Productions, Magz Productions, and TFS Nalo.




Waimanalo 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 Waimanalo families in need.   A free shuttle will be offered, beginning at noon each day between Bellows and Waimanalo Beach Park.  The final run from Waimanalo Beach Park is at the conclusion of the movies.  At Bellows, there ample parking is available and a $2.00 donation per car will be accepted with the proceeds benefiting the Waimanalo Football Association.


For more information call Patty Teruya at 259-7342 or 692-5831 or 523-CITY.



Tuesday, September 07, 2004

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