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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 February 7, 2005

Release M-16



              Eighty-four of professional football’s biggest stars will be on the field at Aloha Stadium on Sunday for the 2005 NFL Pro Bowl, and the City and County of Honolulu is participating in a wide range of Prow Bowl Week events leading up that.


             “I am thrilled that Honolulu is the host city for the Pro Bowl again. We extend our aloha to all of the players and the rest of the NFL ohana who are visiting us this week,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.


Several years ago, as director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Hannemann helped keep the Pro Bowl here, in the face of stiff competition.


The City is participating in these Pro Bowl-related events that are free and open to the public:


  • Pro Bowl Kick-Off Rally.  The mayor and NFL officials will launch the Pro Bowl Week celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 10, at Tamarind Park. Some Pro Bowl players, NFL all-star cheerleaders and mascots will be on hand. The Pearl City High School Marching Band will provide the music. The Kick-Off Rally is returning to Downtown Honolulu after being held at other venues for the past few years.


  • Pro Bowl Football Festival. Youth football clinics, games, autographs, entertainment and souvenirs will be offered at Kapiolani Park from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.  The City is co-sponsoring the festival.


  • Sunset on the Beach. The Pro Bowl Sunset on the Beach begins at 6 p.m. at Queen’s Beach.  Mayor Hannemann will begin an annual tradition of honoring a distinguished former NFL player with Hawaii ties. The featured movie will be “Friday Night Lights.”


          In addition to those public events, the mayor will host a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 9, at Honolulu Hale where officials with NFL Charities will announce which local agencies will receive donations this year.




Contact:  Bill Brennan, 527-6928

               Mark Matsunaga, 527-5784




Monday, February 07, 2005

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