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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             January 3, 2005

Release No.  M-2-06




            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City will allow Kahala Community Park to be used for parking for the Sony Open in mid-January in exchange for improvements Friends of Hawaii Charities will make to the park.

            The nonprofit Friends of Hawaii Charities runs and is the primary beneficiary of the Sony Open in Hawaii, the annual PGA tour event in the Islands.

            Free spectator parking for the Sony Open will be allowed on the grass baseball and softball fields at Kahala Community Park, January 12 through 15. In exchange, Friends of Hawaii Charities will:

  • Install metal fences along the baseball field foul lines.
  • Relocate a park storage facility
  • Aerate, fertilize and top-dress the park’s grass areas beginning January 16.

            “This is yet another example of what public-private partnerships can provide for our isle residents,” said Mayor Hannemann.  “We are happy to be able to lend a helping hand to one of the premiere sporting events in Honolulu, the Sony Open in Hawaii, and, by extension, the Friends of Hawaii Charities.  In so doing, our East Honolulu park users will enjoy the long-term benefits of improved park facilities.”

FOHC President Tony Guerrero said, “On behalf of Friends of Hawaii Charities and all our beneficiaries, we say mahalo to Mayor Hannemann and his staff for working with us to provide additional parking for the Sony Open in Hawaii. This is a very special event for Hawaii that’s supported by 1,600 kind-hearted volunteers and has far-reaching benefits to communities and people throughout our islands.”

            The agreement between the City and the Friends is only for this year, but could lead to a longer commitment.

            Since its 1998 creation, Friends of Hawaii Charities has contributed more than $5 million to Hawaii charities, including $1 million to 125 organizations last year.

            Sony Corporation’s recent announcement that it is extending its title sponsorship of the golf tournament through 2010, promises millions of dollars for Hawaii charities in years to come.




            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767









Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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