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September 1, 2005                                                 Release No. M-63





            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced he is launching Operation Katrina Kokua, a drive to raise funds to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast and Southeast.

Donations will be collected Monday evening at Queen’s Beach, where the City’s first “Parade of Baseball Champions” through Waikiki will end on the Sunset on the Beach set.

“In this time of triumph and celebration for Oahu, we must not forget that thousands of fellow Americans are still suffering the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina,” said the mayor. “Our aloha goes out to them in their hour of suffering and need. The funds we raise will go to the American Red Cross for victims of Katrina.”

The parade will include three championship youth baseball teams and at least five other teams that represented Hawaii in national competition.

            Grand marshals of the parade will be the West Oahu/Ewa Beach All Stars, who won the Little League World Series last Sunday. As announced earlier, the Cal Ripken World Series champion Oahu Stars and the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 9-and-under World Series champion Hawaii Warriors are also being honored.

Among the luminaries who will ride in the parade and honor the champions will be former Major League pitcher and Ewa native Mike Fetters, former Major League pitcher Sid Fernandez, retired University of Hawaii baseball coach Les Murakami and Baseball Hall of Fame member Wally Yonamine.

            In addition, the following teams will march in the parade:

·       Pearl City Little League Juniors, World Series semifinalists, Taylor, Michigan.

·       Pearl City Little League Seniors, World Series finalists, Bangor, Maine.

·       Mililani Prep Girls Softball Team, ASA Girls 18-under Fast Pitch Western National Champions, Portland, Oregon.

Other teams have been invited and may participate.

The schedule of events is currently:

  • 3:00 p.m. – Trolley motorcade with West Oahu Little League champs leaves Ewa for Waikiki. The motorcade, with police escort, will proceed to Fort Weaver Road, then turn onto Farrington Highway through Waipahu, proceed to Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City, moving on to Nimitz Highway near Honolulu Airport. The motorcade will proceed along Nimitz to Ala Moana Boulevard, then on Fort DeRussy, where the parade participants will stage. Motorists should expect delays along the route. The public is invited to line the streets and congratulate the championship team from Ewa Beach.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Parade of Champions steps off from Fort DeRussy and proceeds down Kalakaua Avenue to Queen’s Beach.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Formal program begins at Queen’s Beach.
  • 7:05 p.m. – Little League World Series championship game is show on the 30-foot Sunset on the Beach screen.

 Participants in the parade through Waikiki will include:

  • Royal Hawaiian Band
  • Campbell High School Drill Team, Flag Team, Pep  Squad 
  • Kapolei High School Marching Band and Pep Squad
  • Waipahu High School Marching Band and Pep Squad
  • U.S. Air Force color guard

 PARKING: As with Sunset on the Beach, the Waikiki Improvement Association’s "Holoholo Parking" partners provide affordable parking in Waikiki ($1/hour, 5 hours max.) upon availability.  Participating partners are the KING KALAKAUA PLAZA (2080 Kalakaua Avenue), OHANA EAST (150 Ka'iulani Avenue), and the RADISSON WAIKIKI PRINCE KUHIO (2500 Kuhio Avenue).  Rates and locations are subject to change without prior notice, so please check with the parking garage.  Parking is also available at  WAIKIKI TRADE CENTER ($6 all day Saturday/Sunday) and the WAIKIKI PARKING GARAGE ($6 flat; no overnight parking).  For more information, please visit

More details will be announced as the event approaches.





Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Thursday, September 01, 2005

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