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            (Wed., Aug. 18, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today invited the public to attend the River Street Block Party in Chinatown this Saturday and enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and much more.


“Chinatown is a very special place, and this unique event will be fun for everyone,” Caldwell said. “The River Street Block Party will help everyone rediscover the beauty of the Nuuanu Stream Corridor in Chinatown by recognizing and appreciating the cultural and religious diversity among the groups that have contributed to making Chinatown what it is today. This community-driven project is a part of the City’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the business and arts sectors of Chinatown while maintaining its historic and cultural roots.”


The River Street Block Party will take place on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. along the Nuuanu River on Sun Yat-sen Mall, College Walk and Kukui Street.


A lion dance will launch the festivities at 10:15 a.m.  Hawaiian warriors will chant before lighting torches and woks of fire in the river at 7 p.m.  Dancing under the stars will follow.


The event is co-sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Chinatown.


An art mural project is being planned along the river, and everyone is invited to share their suggestions and sketch ideas. Free sketchpads will be given away while supplies last, beginning at 10:45 a.m.




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