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Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Athens, Georgia Mayor Heidi Davison today agreed to a friendly Sugar Bowl wager.


"To add a little flavor to the Sugar Bowl, I suggested to Mayor Davison that should the University of Georgia win the game, I will send her some fresh pineapple.  On the other hand, when the Warriors win, she'll be sending me some fine Georgia peaches.  Mayor Davison graciously accepted the challenge," Hannemann said.  The announcement was made at a press conference the mayor held this morning.


Honolulu is home to the University of Hawaii-Manoa.  The University of Georgia is located in Athens.


Mayor Hannemann plans to attend the Sugar Bowl, the first ever BCS Bowl appearance by the University of Hawaii, which will be played in the Superdome in New Orleans on New Year's Day.


At the same press conference, Mayor Hannemann announced that in response to numerous requests from the Wahiawa community, the City will stage the Leilehua High School Parade of Champions next Saturday, December 15th, to honor the Hawaii State High School Division I Champions.  The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Kaala Elementary School and proceed along California Avenue, ending at the Leilehua High School Field.  The parade will not only feature the football team, but will also include members of Leilehua's state champion cross country team, the Leilehua High School Marching Band, cheerleaders and others.


"There's a lot of community pride in Wahiawa surrounding the accomplishments of the Leilehua High School football and cross country teams," Mayor Hannemann said.  "We're working closely with school principal Aloha Coleman to honor the school's accomplishments with an old-fashioned parade and pep rally."


Principal Coleman said, "We want to thank Mayor Hannemann and his staff for being community-minded.  We're so proud of our school, and grateful that he's honoring us with this parade of champions." 



Bill Brennan, 527-6928


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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