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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 February 2, 2007

Release No. M-13-07




            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced Ojay Tambio of Mililani and Eric Walden of Honolulu are the winning artists in the City and the National Football League’s inaugural “Surfboards in Paradise” campaign.

             Hannemann joined NFL officials in unveiling the newly painted boards at the annual Pro Bowl news conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Spa.

            The mayor welcomed the Pro Bowl back to Honolulu for its 28th consecutive year, a string he helped maintain when he negotiated a contract to keep the Pro Bowl in Honolulu while he was director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

            “This year, the City and NFL have made some adjustments to Pro Bowl Week events that will make this the best one ever,” said Hannemann. “At our invitation, the NFL will cosponsor the NFL Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party next Friday evening, February 9, on Kalakaua Avenue fronting Kuhio Beach.”

            The mayor announced “Surfboards in Paradise” in November as a new initiative held in conjunction with the 2007 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl to benefit local charities.  Now that the artists completed their designs for the two “Pro Bowl” longboards (one AFC and another NFC), each board will be signed by members of the respective Pro Bowl teams and put up for auction worldwide on

             The auction will span six days, beginning simultaneously with Super Bowl XLI kickoff on Sunday, February 4, and ending as the clock runs down at the Pro Bowl on February 10.

            “This collaboration between the City and the NFL helps to promote Honolulu as a visitor destination, but more importantly to benefit Hawaii-based charities and non-profit organizations,” said Mayor Hannemann. “It is also a chance to showcase our local artists and their talents, not only within our state, but worldwide, over the NFL’s website.”

            Tambio has worked on several large murals in conjunction with other artists. His work can be seen at the Plumeria Beach Café, the Hawaii Convention Center and the Central Oahu Aquatic Complex.

            Walden recently opened a surf boutique and art gallery called the Chinatown Boardroom on Nuuanu Avenue. Along with his new business, he also works for the famous surfer and surfboard shaper Ben Aipa. Walden’s work with surfboards can be seen at the Chinatown Boardroom and has also been featured at the Pegge Hopper gallery as part of an exhibit called “BLANK:  A Surfboard Show.”

            In addition to a global audience for their art, Tambio and Walden will each receive $500 from the City, Surftech and Freesurf magazine. Surftech and Freesurf magazine donated the undecorated longboards.

            Proceeds from the Internet auction of the surfboards will go to local charities in addition to the annual donations made by NFL Charities as part of Pro Bowl Week in Honolulu.

            Mayor Hannemann is participating in Pro Bowl Week events including:

  • Pro Bowl Kickoff Rally, noon Wednesday, February 7, at Tamarind Park. Free.
  • Pro Bowl Football Festival, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Kapiolani Park. Games, entertainment, souvenirs, autographs. Free admission.
  • Pro Bowl Ohana Day Celebration, 9 a.m. to noon Friday, February 9, at Aloha Stadium. See the players, get a preview of the halftime entertainment. Free.
  • Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party, 7 p.m. Friday, February 9, Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki. Entertainment on five stages, appearances by NFL  all-pro players and cheerleaders. Free.
  • Pro Bowl, 1 p.m. Saturday, February 10, at Aloha Stadium, Mayor Hannemann does ceremonial pregame coin toss.
  • Pro Bowl Sunset on the Beach, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 10, Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. Free.




            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767                                                      

Friday, February 02, 2007

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