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            Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that Tesoro Hawaii will renew its sponsorship of the popular Sunset on the Beach events from January through December of 2008.


            “Public-private partnerships have been a hallmark of our administration,” said the mayor. “We are pleased that Tesoro has agreed to continue helping the Waikiki Improvement Association and the City carry this popular program forward.  With this generous sponsorship, Tesoro Hawaii again shows its willingness to be a good corporate citizen and neighbor by investing in the community.”

            Joining the mayor in the announcement were Frank Clouse, Tesoro Hawaii’s vice president – refining; WIA President Rick Egged; and WIA Events Coordinator Janet Maduli.

            For the second consecutive year, Tesoro Hawaii will provide $65,000 that will enable the Waikiki Improvement Association to continue offering Sunset on the Beach one weekend a month for the next year.

            “Tesoro is the leading supplier of jet fuel and ship fuel in the state, so we are just as involved in the visitor industry as other companies.  Hawaii residents and businesses as well as visitors use our products every day and our sponsorship of Sunset on the Beach is another way of serving them,” Clouse said. 

            Egged said, “This guarantees we will continue at least through December of 2008.  This is very exciting because we’re continuing an event that’s of great value to the community. The Waikiki Improvement Association extends a big mahalo to Tesoro Hawaii and to Mayor Hannemann for their strong support for wholesome activities and events for Waikiki.”

            The Sunset on the Beach events usually are held on Saturday and Sunday evenings, with movies shown free to the public on the 30-foot screen at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. In addition, food and refreshments are available for sale, and live entertainment leads off each program. With the ocean on the right and world-famous Diamond Head on the left, Sunset on the Beach draws thousands of people.

            Sunset on the Beach, Rediscover Oahu and the related daytime Brunch on the Beach began years ago as City functions. Previously, City crews did all of the setup and the City paid for a lion’s share of the costs.

            When Mayor Hannemann took office, he followed through on a longstanding promise to cut direct City spending on the events by reaching out to private partners.  The Waikiki Improvement Association agreed to assume the lead responsibility for putting on the beach events.

            “These are popular and meaningful events, because they draw local people to Waikiki and create many opportunities for visitors to interact with them in a positive way,” said Mayor Hannemann.





Bill  Brennan, 527-6928


Monday, October 08, 2007

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