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            (Monday, June 22, 2009) Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the dragons will wake from their slumber for the annual Dragon Boat Festival this weekend, June 27-28.


The Dragon Boat Festival is being combined with the first-ever Rediscover Oahu/Sunset on the Beach, being held Friday through Sunday at Ala Moana Beach Park.  The hours of the events are:


Friday, June 26:          Sunset on the Beach, 3:30 to 10:00 p.m.

                                    "Ironman" to screen at 7:15 p.m.


Saturday, June 27:       Dragon Boat Festival, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunset on the Beach, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

                                                "Kung Fu Panda" to screen at 7:15 p.m.


            Sunday, June 28:         Dragon Boat Festival, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunset on the Beach, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Dragon boat teams consist of a crew of 16 paddlers, a drummer, flag catcher and steersman.  There are two race categories, the open race and division, which consists of teams competing for an industry trophy.  Entry fees have been waived, thanks to grants and private donations.  Race and festival information is available by calling Alenka Remec at 768-4249 or on the Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival website at: 


"Dragon boat races are an ancient Chinese tradition designed to ward off evil spirits," said Mayor Hannemann.  "We have merged this exciting competition with a family activity and want everyone to join us.  In this economic climate, we realize it's not easy to raise or collect enough money for entry fees, so we have eliminated the fees.  The Sunset program is also free, so this is an opportunity for families to spend time together and enjoy a movie at a fun event without spending a lot of money."


            Sunset on the Beach will feature free outdoor movie screenings ("Ironman" on Friday and "Kung Fu Panda on Saturday), live entertainment, face-painting, a performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band, keiki inflatable rides, crafts, community booths, and food vendors.  Barbecuing will not be permitted within the Sunset site.





Dragon Boat:  Alenka Remec, 768-4249 or

Media interviews:  Sandra Sagisi, 265-9523 or