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            (Friday, December 11, 2009) --- It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas as Leeward elves prepare for the 9th Annual Kapolei City Lights celebration.  Mayor Mufi Hannemann welcomes everyone to visit Kapolei Hale on December 12 for the West Oahu Electric Light Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  The festivities start at 5 p.m., with food booths and entertainment on Uluohia Street, fronting Kapolei Hale.  The parade begins at 6 p.m., and the annual tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:45 p.m.


            This year's highly anticipated community event features entertainment by Touch of Gold and the Ewa Elementary School Chorus.  It also includes Island 98.5's inaugural Keiki Carol contest and the Friends of Kapolei Hale 9th Annual Christmas Coloring Contest.  There will be free keiki games courtesy of Word of Life Kapolei, and the Salvation Army will provide free juice and cookies.  The 50-foot tree in front of Kapolei Hale was donated by the Olaloa Retirement Community in Mililani.  City employees, community sponsors and local schools created the displays in the courtyard of Kapolei Hale.


Kapolei's Christmas parade starts at Kealanani Avenue at 6 p.m. The route turns left on Farrington Highway, traveling on Kamokila Boulevard, and ends on Uluohia Street.  More than 15 vibrant and uniquely-decorated automobiles, including fire trucks, the HPD mobile command center and parade sponsor vehicles will participate in the parade.


            The Christmas trees and posters will be displayed in Kapolei Hale through January 2, 2010.  Viewing will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m.


            Event admission and street parking are free of charge.  Parking is also available at the state building on Kamokila Boulevard.  The 9th Annual Kapolei City Lights is sponsored by the employees of the City and County of Honolulu, the Friends of Kapolei Hale, HECO,
Wal-Mart/Sam's Club, Island 98.5 and PASHA.



Patty Teruya, 768-3888

Special Event Coordinator