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December 8, 2004






            The West Oahu Community is again poised to host thousands of anticipated visitors to its West Oahu Sunset on the Plains at Kapolei Regional Park this Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring movies, activities, entertainment, food vendors, crafts, a colorful holiday parade and fireworks.  Record-breaking crowds are again expected to sample treats from 12 local restaurants featuring ethnic and signature dishes at very affordable prices. 


            The prior Sunset on the Beach events in West Oahu last year proved such a resounding success that the hardworking community has rolled up their sleeves to host their third Sunset.


“I commend the efforts of the entire West Oahu 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.





Non-stop entertainment on the main stage begins daily from 12:30 p.m. and will feature outstanding community groups and local artists on both days.  On Saturday, entertainment includes Halau Kalaholomua, Barbers Point Elementary School, Kapolei Middle School Halau, Kapolei Elementary School Ukulele and Men of War.  On Sunday, entertainment continues with Untouchable Elements, Mauka Lani Drama, Ewa Elementary, Campbell High School Variety Show, Ko Olina/Renee Paolo and Kona.  Emceed by radio stations Hawaiian 105 KINE on Saturday and KCCN FM 100 on Sunday starting at 5 p.m. 


On the Ohana Village Stage, entertainment will start at 11 a.m. and will feature the Kapolei Middle School Social and Popular Dance Club, Kapolei High School Polynesian Dance Club, Hawaiian Island Skippers, Kapolei High School Band, Rainbow Gymnastics, Na Pua O Lokelani Tahitian Halau, Pulvera Sisters and Pueo Kane.  The Ohana Village Stage will also include storytelling by the Kapolei State Library, Mad Science Show and a Smoothie Drinking contest.





            On Saturday starting at 6 pm, the event will feature Kapolei’s annual Holiday Electric Light Parade featuring the City’s lighted vehicles, Hawaiian Electric Company’s lighted float, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Navy Fleet Band, marching units and, of course, Santa Claus.  The parade will start at 6 pm from Kealanani Avenue to Farmington Highway and Kamokila Boulevard and ending at Manawai Street at Kapolei Regional Park.





At dusk on Sunday, the entertainment finale will a spectacular fireworks display over Kapolei at sunset to celebrate the start of the holidays.





Organized and sponsored by Seagull Schools, the Ohana Village includes games and activities, a wide assortment of bouncers, castles and mechanical rides from Xtreme Fun Rentals and Keiki ID and city vehicles.


The Ohana Village will feature a wide variety of games and activities, including Book Markers, Carnival Games, Face Painting and Tattoos, Candy Cane Ornaments, Storytelling, Face Making, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament, Cookie Decorating, BINGO, Fried Ice Cream Eating Contest, Obstacle Course and Arts and Crafts.





The West Oahu Marketplace will feature a wide variety of items from both local artisans and businesses.  Some of the vendors showcasing their diverse products include Aloha Bath Sets, Asia Pacific Sales, Charita Mahoe’s Children’s Toys, Cheap Cards & tows,

Colorado Savings Bank, Fashion Isle, GS Group, Hapa Girls-Hawaii, Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Island Cedar Homes, Maiama Learning Center, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Perfect Game, Pure Breed Designs, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Shake Bikes & Boards, Valley of the Rainbows and much more.





Blockbuster movies begin at 7:00 p.m. on the city’s 30-foot screen.  On Saturday, the event will feature Shrek 2(PG) and on Sunday the film will be Spider-Man 2 (PG-13; Edited).  Shrek 2 features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.  Spider-Man 2 stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst as Spider-Man fights off Dr. Octopus who is terrorizing the city with his deadly bionic tentacles.





Participating restaurants include, Angelo’s Steak & Shrimp, World Famous Funnel Cakes, Paradise Water Ice, Dennis & Suzie’s, Pizza Hut, Slush Puppie Hawaii, Time 2 Grind, 3 Star Restaurant, Uncle Herb’s Malasadas, K Restaurant, Leo’s Greek Taverna, Ono Kettle Korn, Parrot Ice and B& B Party Rentals.





Seagull Schools is the organizing sponsor of the event.  Seagull Schools offer preschool programs throughout Oahu and at Kapolei.  “I’d like to thank the City and County of Honolulu and our sponsors for partnering with Seagull Schools to bring this great family event to West Oahu,” said Seagull Schools President, Chuck Larson. Maeda Timson, event chair adds: “We look forward to a fun-filled event and invite the public to join us and enjoy all of the family activities, especially Kapolei’s Holiday Lighted Parade.”


Other sponsors of West Oahu Sunset on the Plains include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, First Hawaiian Bank, The Estate of James Campbell, Waste Management, Hawaiian Electric Company, Ko Olina Resort, DR Horton, Kalaeloa Partners, Grace Pacific, Gentry Homes, Hawaii Metal Recycling, The Marketplace at Kapolei and others.





West Oahu Sunset on the Plains is free and open to the public. As with all Sunset community events, free shuttle transportation will be offered, beginning at 11 am each day from Kapolei Fairgrounds to Kapolei Regional Park.  Ample parking is available at Kapolei Fairgrounds at the corner of Farrington Highway and fort Barrette Road.  Entrance to the parking at Kapolei Fairgrounds is from Kealanani Avenue and a $2 donation is requested with all proceeds going to the Project Graduation Programs at Kapolei High School, James Campbell High School and Waipahu High School.


For more information call Maeda Timson at 349-5992 or 523-CITY.









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