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Inauguration ceremonies for Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s second term have been scheduled for Friday, January 2, 2009, in Kapolei and downtown Honolulu.


The mayor will take his oath of office at Kapolei Hale at 10:00 a.m.  This invitation-only ceremony will be for his family and members of his City cabinet.


The highlight of the day will be a formal program and concert at Hawaii Theatre, beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by an inauguration-themed First Friday block party that is open to the public, beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Pauahi Street and surrounding Chinatown.  The event will celebrate the centennial of the election of Honolulu’s first mayor, Joseph Fern.  (In 2005-2006, the City celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the county.)


            The inaugural program at Hawaii Theatre will include remarks by Mayor Hannemann, performances by Danny Kaleikini, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, and a concert by Cecilio and Kapono.  The First Friday activities will feature performances by headliners Fiji and Friends, Augie T, Soulz, the Iolani School halau—the mayor’s alma mater, and Fern School students, who will be representing the school named after Honolulu’s first mayor and the elementary school Mayor Hannemann attended during his third through sixth grades.


            Mayor Hannemann said, “We’re cognizant of the state of our economy and sensitive to the concerns of our people, and that’s why we decided to forego the traditional inaugural gala in favor of a more modest affair that celebrates the good things about life in the islands.  I am very grateful to the many outstanding artists and volunteers who’ve devoted their time and talents to making this celebration a memorable one.”





Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, 768-6622

Thursday, December 18, 2008

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