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            Christmas in November and a major block party are under way as Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the Kaneohe Police and Fire stations team up for the 4th Annual Windward City Lights celebration to be held on Sunday, November 29, 2009.


The corners of Kamehameha Highway and Waikalua Road will transform into a Christmas wonderland as final preparations are made for the festive opening night ceremony that will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday.


            The block party attracted at least 5,000 residents who witnessed the illumination of thousands of lights in what is referred to as "Lighting the Four Corners" the Kaneohe Police Station, Kaneohe Fire Station, Benjamin Parker School and the Exit Hawaii Dream Realty.  This year, a much greater crowd is expected to participate in the festivity.


The event will have food and craft booths, keiki rides, an antique car exhibit, free visits with Santa and great entertainment!  The line-up includes Kukui Nuts, Kona & Band, Ledward Kaapana, Kuapoa, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Ekalesia Foundation of Jesus Christ Church Choir, Kapena, and many more.  Emcees for the day include Lina Girl and Billy V, among others.


            The tree lighting ceremony (or Lighting of the Four Corners) with Mayor Mufi Hannemann and First Lady Gail Mukaihata Hannemann is slated for 6 p.m., during which time the mayor and the Fire and Police departments will present Christmas messages.


            People are advised to arrive early to enjoy all of the festivities and avoid heavy traffic on Kamehameha Highway.  Parking advisory signs will direct motorists to the open field behind Benjamin Parker School, which is accessible through Waikalua Road and other alternative routes.  Waikalua Road will be closed off to traffic beginning at 1 p.m. 


Everyone is encouraged to spend the day with lots of delicious food by 12 Windward food vendors on Waikalua Road and bargains at the 15 craft booths in the Benjamin Parker School cafeteria.  Santa will be ready to visit with the keiki beginning at 5 p.m.


Bring folding chairs and mats, and find the best spot in front of the concert stage.  The parking area is a short stroll away so if you have children with you strollers are required.


The 4th annual celebration is sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Windward City Lights.  Other sponsors include: Benjamin Parker Elementary School, EDH Solar Electric, Exit Hawaii Dream Realty, Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, Kaneohe Parade Committee, Safety Systems and Windward Baptist Church R.A.M.  This year, volunteers used a variety of recycled decorations and displays that Hope Chapel made to embellish Benjamin Parker School and the Kaneohe Police Station.


               For more information on the 4th Annual Windard City Lights, contact executive director Joan Manke at 768-3710.  

Joan Manke, 768-3710
Bill Brennan, 768-6928