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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2005
West Oahu residents will be treated to a special Christmas cheer, as the City and
The exciting event kicks off at Honolulu Hale on Saturday, December 3, with the official tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Kapolei’s program will be held one week later, on Saturday, December 10, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and featuring its tree lighting at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s theme of Ha`aheo No ´O
Honolulu City Lights’ Opening Night festivities have become one of the most anticipated holiday events in town for both visitors and locals. “This year, we are also spreading the Christmas spirit from our second city hall in Kapolei,” said
Key sponsors of the 2005 Honolulu City Lights include Hawaiian Electric Company, Cox Radio Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, Central Pacific Bank, Fuji Film Hawaii, Aon Risk Services, Honolulu Star Bulletin/Midweek, Hawaiian Airlines, Macy’s and Tom Moffatt Productions.
Honolulu Hale Celebrates
Although opening night ceremonies at Honolulu Hale begin at 6 p.m., the public is advised to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic jams that may begin by 4:30 p.m. To accommodate early arrivals, food booths will be in operation from 4 p.m. and there will be rides for the keiki.
The public is also encouraged to attend a special holiday service at 5 p.m. across the street at historic
The moment the City’s Christmas tree lights up, the Public Workers Electric Light Parade, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company, passes in front of Honolulu Hale. The parade will leave
The 59-unit parade includes high school marching bands from
More than 35 festive and eye-catching floats will participate in the parade, including a spectacular entry by the Hawaiian Electric Company. Santa will ride in a float created by the City’s Road Maintenance Division and arrive at Sky Gate at about 7:45 p.m. to hear children’s Christmas wishes until 9 p.m. Fuji Film
Large crowds are again expected to flock to Sky Gate for the Tom Moffatt holiday concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. The exciting featured talent will include Yvonne Elliman, Raiatea Helm, Jasmine Trias,
Food and beverages,
All the Honolulu Hale City Lights festivities (tree lighting ceremony, parade and concert) will be cablecast LIVE on Saturday, December 3, starting at 6 p.m. on Olelo Channel 54. Channel 54 has also scheduled the following rebroadcast:
Opening night highlights: Dec. 25 and 26 at 9 a.m.
Dec. 30 and 31 at 9 p.m.
Electric Light Parade: Dec. 25 and 26 at 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 30 and 31 at 9:30p.m.
Dec. 26 at 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 at 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m.
A one-hour special on the Electric Light Parade at Honolulu Hale will also be aired on KHON-TV (Channel 2) at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23.
The celebration continues nightly through January 2, 2006. The City’s Employees’ Christmas Tree Exhibit and Holiday Wreath Display inside Honolulu Hale may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, including holiday and weekends.
Special holiday entertainment and choir performances will be presented nightly in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard. Call the Mayor’s Culture and Arts Hotline at 527-5666 for the schedule or log on to www.honolulu.gov/csd/citylights for events at Honolulu Hale and www.honolulu.gov/csd/citylights/kapoleihalecitylights for Kapolei Hale activities. Santa will also visit the Honolulu Hale courtyard every evening after the concert until Christmas Eve.
Kapolei Hale will offer keiki rides, entertainment, holiday music and a concert on its grounds, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on December 10. The public will also be treated to an Electric Light Parade at 6:00 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Kapolei Hale Christmas tree at 7:30 p.m.
Keaumiki will emcee Kapolei’s program, which will also feature entertainment by Halau O Hokulani (led by Na Kumu Hula Larry and Hokulani deRego), the Navy Brass Band, Kaukahi, the Soundettes, Sweet Sounds, and Simplicity.
Kapolei Hale will also be open 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from December 11 through January 1, 2006 for public viewing of Christmas trees and displays. Santa will also be there on December 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., following the Electric Light Parade.
|Tuesday, November 29, 2005|