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(Wednesday, October 21, 2009) --- Mayor Mufi Hannemann is encouraging everyone to come and enjoy the free “Green Aloha Concert” on Friday, October 23, 5:30 p.m. at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. The concert will feature an all-star lineup of entertainers headlined by Henry Kapono and will help raise awareness of Honolulu’s green sustainability initiatives. The free performance launches the National Make a Difference Day weekend.


Henry Kapono will be recognized for his enduring commitment to preserving and protecting our eco system and for nearly two decades of continued support of the City’s ecological awareness projects and campaigns. Amy Hanaialii, Robi Kahakalau, Jasmine Trias, Kaleo Pilanca, Kenny Endo, The Kings Guard and others are in the star-studded cast of performers. 


The event promotes the City’s environmental programs and features games from the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, demonstrations and special videos by the City’s Department of Environmental Services, displays by the Board of Water Supply, and information about the planned rail transit system.


“Caring for the environment has been one of my administration’s top priorities. For the first time ever, we established a City Sustainability Plan aimed at conserving energy and costs.  We’ve set up the 21st Century Ahupuaa Youth Ambassador Program to acquaint student leaders with the work we are doing in the City on the environmental front. We are pushing these initiatives to maintain our valuable resources,” said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “We are working to preserve our island for future generations. This concert highlights our efforts to prioritize green issues and encourage others to embrace this important cause.”


The festivities will also showcase the City’s new Opalavision television program premiering on Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s The Green Channel. The show features short educational episodes focused on recycling programs and information regarding green initiatives.


People who plan to attend the concert are asked to bring Hi-5 cans and bottles for recycling. Proceeds will support Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center’s effort to develop a green space for exploration and play on its campus at Anuenue School.


The Green Aloha Concert is part of Waikiki’s Sunset on the Beach, and co-sponsors are the City and County of Honolulu, KSSK Radio, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, KUMU Radio, Henry Kapono Presents and Blue Planet.