Thursday, December 11, 2003

Santa Claus arrives in an airplane as part of the Kapolei Holiday Parade, which ends at Saturday's Sunset on the Planes event.

Take off with Sprint
for a great ‘Sunset’

Sprint Hawaii joins the West Oahu Community as title sponsor for the Sunset on the Plains event, redubbed "Sprint Hawaii Sunset on the Planes," for the weekend celebration of 100 years of air flight.

The event takes place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kapolei Fairgrounds on the corner of Fort Barrette Road and Farrington Highway in Kapolei.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Hawaii Aviation Celebration taking place both days at Kalaeloa Airport (formerly Barbers Point Naval Air Station) commemorating 100 years of air flight for the world and 93 years of flying for Hawaii. The aviation celebration is running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, with shuttles running between the airport and Kapolei Fairgrounds.

Sprint Hawaii Sunset on the Planes will also have continuous entertainment, with a lineup of performances by West Oahu schools and halaus, Hyper Dance Squad, Germaine's Luau Show, Island Heart, Na Kama, Country Style Maidens and Na Kane Hula, and the Army National Guard Band on Saturday, and the nationally recognized U.S. Air Force's "Tops in Blue Show" of patriotic songs on Sunday. And what better way to cap the concert than with a salute to the nation via a fireworks show!

Area restaurants such as Kapolei Korean BBQ, Oliveneo's, Sistah's Fried Ono Ice Cream, Aunty's SeaSide Cafe and Baldueza Mini Mart will also be serving their specialties at affordable prices, while those who like to shop can browse through a marketplace featuring handcrafters, artisans and local businesses.

A Santa's Village will offer games, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, inflatables, rock climbing and other activities will keep the children busy. There will also be photos with Santa from 2 to 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, parents can take in a health expo and other informative and educational exhibits and displays.

Sprint Hawaii will feature a Technology Showcase area that will allow residents to sample the latest communications technology, from camera phones to Internet games.

For those registering for new long-distance service, Sprint will be providing "Fun Coupon Books" with coupons totaling $45 in value that can be redeemed at Sunset on the Planes for a free pony ride, inflatable ride, Santa picture, food and other items.

The days' highlights will be the movies screening at sunset. Featured movies are Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" (PG-13 edited version) starring Johnny Depp at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and "Bruce Almighty" (PG-13 edited version) starring Jim Carrey at 8 p.m. Sunday.

As part of the Sprint Hawaii Sunset on the Planes, the annual Kapolei Christmas Electric Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday along Kamokila Boulevard from Kapolei Hale to the Kapolei Fairgrounds. The parade will feature Santa in an airplane, the city's Electric Light Parade Vehicles, color guards, marching bands, including the Royal Hawaiian Band, and other surprises. Keiki will be able to meet Santa at the Kapolei Fairgrounds after the parade on Saturday and Sunday. The Marines will also be collecting toys for "Toys for Tots" at Santa's tent.

Kapolei Fairgrounds parking is available for $1 per car. Free parking will be available at Kalaeloa Airport, Kapolei High School and at nearby city and state parking lots. Free shuttle service will be available from noon to 10:30 p.m. both days to Kapolei Fairgrounds and Kalealoa from the surrounding lots.

Other sponsors for the event include the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii Aviation Celebration, Pearl City Foundation and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. And local businesses helping to sponsor the event include Ko Olina Resort, Waste Management, Hawaiian Electric Co., Gentry Homes, Schuler Homes, Makai Partnership, Kalaeloa Partners, ASTON Hotels & Resorts, Kapolei Shopping Center, HMR and The Estate of James Campbell.

For more information, call the city at 523-CITY (2489).

Passengers in Honolulu board an S-38, No. 4, Molokai, for a trip to an outer island, in a Hawaiian Airlines photo circa 1929.

Celebration includes airplane tours

Among the Hawaii Aviation Celebration displays at Kalaeloa Airfield Saturday and Sunday will be aircraft displays, including a Hawaiian Airlines plane that will be open for public tours.

Hawaiian Airlines, marking its 74th anniversary, also will host an exhibition chronicling important developments in Hawaii aviation.

Also, look for the Hawaiian Airlines Logo Store at the Kapolei Fairgrounds Sunset on the Planes event. The store will have commemorative anniversary T-shirts and Hawaiian Air merchandise for sale.

Students explore aviation industry

Among the participants in the Hawaii Aviation Celebration 2003 at Kalaeloa Airport Saturday and Sunday will be students from Aloha Airlines Explorer's Program.

The program brings together Oahu high school and college students who want to know what it takes to fly or work aboard jet aircraft.

The 10-week program involves learning how airplanes fly, with students allowed to sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 737, learning how to use the reservations computer system, practicing in-flight safety demonstrations, touring the maintenance hangar and watching night cargo crew reconfigure a passenger aircraft into an all-cargo aircraft in minutes.

To apply for membership, students must:

>> Be 16 to 20 years old at the time of application.
>> Be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in a private or public high school, or be enrolled at least part-time as a freshman or sophomore in an accredited post-secondary academic institution.
>> Have an academic grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
>> Have demonstrated interest in the field of commercial aviation.

To find out more about the program, write: Aloha Airlines Training & Development, Explorer Program, P.O. Box 30028, Honolulu, HI 96820.

Star-Bulletin staff


Schedule of events

Events for Hawaii Aviation Celebration 2003 from Saturday through Dec. 20, commemorate 100 years of aviation for the nation, and 93 years for Hawaii. Highlights include a 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebration at Kalaeloa Airport Saturday and Sunday with air shows and aircraft displays; Sprint Hawaii's Sunset on the Planes festival Saturday and Sunday at Kapolei Fairgrounds, and a Wright Brothers Commemorative Aircraft Fly-by off Waikiki Beach Dec. 20. Here is the schedule:

Saturday and Sunday

Hawaii Aviation Celebration 2003

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kalaeloa Airport (formerly Barbers Point Naval Air Station), there will be spectacular air shows; military, commercial and civilian aircraft displays; aerobatic flying demonstrations; rescue demonstrations and more; with a 2 to 4 p.m. air show featuring military demonstrations and extreme aerobatics. Historical and educational aviation exhibits will include a Wright Brothers flyer replica operating engine.

The event also offers an opportunity to meet with NASA astronaut Carlos I. Noriega, a member of space shuttle missions on Atlantis and Endeavour. He has logged 461 hours in space and taken three space walks.

Saturday and Sunday

Sprint Hawaii's Sunset on the Planes

At Kapolei Fairgrounds, with parking at Kalaeloa Airport, Kapolei High School, Market Place at Kapolei. Kapolei Fairgrounds parking is $1 per car, with proceeds going to Kapolei and Campbell High Schools' Project Graduation, and free shuttles between parking areas from noon to 10:30 p.m.

Events take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, see Page 4.


Kapolei Christmas Light Parade

The parade goes from Kapolei Hale to Kapolei Fairgrounds via Kamokila Boulevard and Fort Barrette Road. Santa and company arrive by plane at 6 p.m. View the colorful spectacle including marching bands and lighted vehicles.

Dec. 20

Wright Brothers Commemorative Aircraft Fly-by

Ceremony and narration begins at 4 p.m. from Queen's Beach off Waikiki Beach.


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