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Thursday, May 28, 2009—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the first "Honolulu Olympic Celebration" will be held June 15 to 23.  The week-long celebration was created to show support for the U.S. bid for the 2016 Olympics in Chicago, and was designed with the Olympics' three core values – Excellence, Friendship, and Respect – as its guide.  


The Honolulu Olympic Celebration Steering Committee is working with supervision from the United States Olympic Committee.  Over 80 U.S. cities are participating with their own "Olympic Day" events on June 23rd. Hannemann decided to expand the event to a week-long celebration to include Honolulu's "Summer Fun" program participants, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, and Hawai'i Olympians.


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Mayor Hannemann knows the benefits for Honolulu as the "Gateway to the East," for travelers going to the Olympics.


"The Olympics will be great for Chicago and for our nation," Hannemann said.  "Honolulu and other cities stand to benefit tremendously from new opportunities the games will create for the travel, sports, and other industries."


Hannemann, who is co-chair with Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley of a special task force working to support Chicago's Olympic bid, recently joined Daley and other officials to present the U.S. proposal to host the 2016 Games to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission.  Hannemann sees Olympians stopping in Honolulu before the Games for training, and after the Games for respite.  Other Olympic travelers will also take the opportunity to travel to Hawaii.  The IOC will be making its final decision in October.


"We encourage everyone to participate in our Honolulu Olympic Celebration, and show Honolulu's support for the U.S. bid for the Olympics, while also having fun and keeping healthy." said Hannemann.


June 15 to 23

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation's Summer Fun program will hold special Olympic-related sports events at their respective locations throughout O'ahu for their over 10,000 participants ranging in age from 5 to 17.  The sports activities include hoop-shoot and hot shot (basketball), swimming, shuttle run, and agility run.

June 20 (Sat.)     

5:30 p.m. – "Healthy Honolulu 5K Fun Run/Walk," University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Les Murakami Stadium.  Free.  All ages welcome.  Registration forms at, and also at various convenient locations to be announced this week. Pre-registration is encouraged, but same-day registration also available at 4 p.m. on site.  All participants are asked to wear their own red, white and/or blue shirts.

6:45 p.m. – "Sunset on the Field" to follow with former Olympians (see list, below), lucky number drawings (only those who pre-register before event day are eligible -
use your 5K number) for official merchandise from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,
live entertainment, followed by the movie "Miracles" (Disney), the inspiring true story
behind one of the greatest moments in sports history - the 1980 United States ice hockey
team's triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union. Free. Race participants and the general public are invited.

June 23 (Tues.)     

"Honolulu Olympic Day" – Over 80 U.S. cities are participating in "Olympic Day" activities. Summer Fun programs on O'ahu will do the traditional "Chicken Fat" and "Cupid Shuffle" dances to a live simulcast at 9:15 a.m. on Salem Media FM stations 107.9 Oldies, 97.5 Country, 95.5 The Fish, and 99.5 Soft Rock. The public is invited to tune in and participate wherever you are!  Mayor Hannemann will be joining in, as well!




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor's Office, 768-6928