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(Tues., June 29, 2010)—Following a two-year absence, nightly torch-lighting ceremonies will return to Kuhio Beach in Waikiki this evening when Mayor Mufi Hannemann ignites the first of 54 new torches installed through a public-private partnership.


            The event will begin tonight at 6:15 p.m., near the Honolulu Police Department substation on Kalakaua Avenue.


            “The torches along Kuhio Beach created a wonderful ambiance for residents and visitors alike, adding to the allure of Waikiki,” Hannemann said. “I’m very pleased that this colorful feature has been restored for everyone to enjoy.”


            Fifty-four gas-fueled torches have been installed along the beach from the police substation to the Hula Mound. The torches replace older ones that were removed approximately two years ago after corrosion and vandalism raised public safety concerns.


            Through a partnership fostered by the Waikiki Business Improvement District, The Gas Company installed the new torches and will maintain them.


            “This is another great example of the city working together with the private sector to make Waikiki a better place,” Hannemann said. “Mahalo to Waikiki BID President Rick Egged and his staff, The Gas Company, and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation for making this fun and attractive initiative a success.”


            The new torches will be lit every night at sunset and will complement the regular hula performances at the Hula Mound, sponsored by the Waikiki BID.




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