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(Fri., Sept. 10, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today invited the public to attend the Fourth Annual "A Taste of Kalihi" block party tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 11) and enjoy the very best that Kalihi has to offer in food, live entertainment, business, social services, and much more.

"Kalihi's central location, its warmth and charm, and its historic and cultural significance truly merit it being called the heart of Honolulu," Caldwell said. "It is one of our oldest neighborhoods and I thank the residents for inviting everyone to celebrate their neighborhood at this wonderful annual event. In honor of September 11, we must also remember the sacrifices of our emergency responders and service men and women who protect us every day." 

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Colburn Street between McNeill Street and Waiakamilo Road, directly in front of Dillingham Plaza.

"A Taste of Kalihi" is a collaborative effort first envisioned during the Mayor's Kalihi Economic Summit held in 2007. It serves as a unique platform to showcase Kalihi restaurants, businesses and social service organizations and has grown tremendously each year. Last year's event attracted more than attendees.

The event will feature non-stop entertainment, delicious food cooked up by area restaurants, a marketplace for business services, products and social service providers. The event traditionally ends with thousands of people dancing the Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle. The following new additions will add more fun and meaning to the event:

·               Remembering our uniformed heroes. In observance of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Acting Mayor Caldwell will pay tribute to those who have served America honorably.

·               The inaugural "Salute da Balut" balut-eating championships. Participants will compete to consume the most of these Southeast Asian delicacies.

·               "Kalihi's Got Talent Karaoke Hour" by Walter's Karaoke. Members of the public are invited to select a song and put on their best performance.

·               Dancing "The Twist." It's the 50th anniversary of Chubby Checker's famous dance, and attendees will do the twist local-style at the end of the event.

"A Taste of Kalihi" is co-sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Foundation.

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Contact: Tofi Mika Jr., Mayor's Office, 768-4502