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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       June 13, 2007

Release No. M-59-07






            A cast of thousands has been descending on a quiet neighborhood in Kalihi the past seven days so one lucky and surprised island family can enjoy a brand-new home.


            Contractors, building trades men and women, landscapers, and suppliers were among the reported 3,000 to 4,000 local volunteers, including 150 workers flown in from Kauai, who participated in ABC’s hit series, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which concluded filming today.


            While the work of the home-builders will be on camera when the show airs in September, what won’t be seen is the weeks of behind-the-scenes preparations—much of it by the City and County of Honolulu.


            Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “The producers alerted us that a Honolulu family was being considered for an episode of the show.  Normally, a project like this—which involves a new home and community center—would take many months of planning, permit reviews, and the like, and that’s not including accommodating the size of the construction and television crews.  However, we did everything we could to encourage the producers to select Honolulu and, once they did, pulled out all the stops to ensure the work went smoothly.


            “While we had to make these preparations in accordance with the producer’s instructions, it wasn’t until the surprise visit on the morning of June 6 that the decision was official and our City agencies could finally spring into action.  We have to salute the many City employees who devoted themselves to the success of this production.


            “We also need to acknowledge the patience and understanding of Kalihi residents, particularly the neighbors, who demonstrated tremendous aloha for the family and everyone involved throughout this endeavor.”


            The City’s involvement included:


            Honolulu Film Office:  Granted the requisite film permits.


            Department of Planning and Permitting:  Completed an expedited review of the building plans and granted a conditional use permit and building permit.


            Department of Transportation Services:  Granted a street usage permit to accommodate the many production company and construction vehicles that were at the site 24 hours a day.


            Department of Environmental Services:  Accepted the debris at the Waimanalo landfill.


            Board of Water Supply:  Assisted with the installation of a water meter permit.


            Honolulu Police Department:  Officers provided round-the-clock traffic monitoring and security.


            Emergency Services Department:  Emergency medical personnel were on stand-by during the shoot.


            In addition, mayor’s office and City representatives met with the Kalihi Neighborhood Board to enlist the group’s support for the project.





Isaac Hokama, 527-6090

Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Friday, June 22, 2007

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