25 years making the holidays bright


POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2009

Honolulu City Lights is searching for one honoree to help brighten its 25th-anniversary celebration, particularly someone to assist Mayor Mufi Hannemann and first lady Gail Mukaihata-Hannemann as they switch on the Christmas lights at the city's annual tree-lighting ceremony on Dec. 5.

The winner will be chosen through a contest called “;Were you there on Dec. 12, 1985?”;

Individuals are invited to submit a copy of a photograph or any article that proves they attended the city's first official tree-lighting ceremony. Contestants must include their name, daytime telephone number and a brief description of their photo or item. (No originals, please.)

Drop entries off at any satellite city hall in the “;Tell It to the Mayor”; boxes or mail them to:


25th anniversary “;Were You There Contest”;

The Friends of Honolulu City Lights

P.O. Box 8887

Honolulu, HI 96830


Contest deadline is noon Nov. 25. The top five finalists will be chosen by the Friends of Honolulu City Lights. The mayor will hold a drawing with the finalists present and announce the winner at a news conference on Nov. 27.

This year's theme, “;25 Years of Magic,”; highlights the jubilee commemoration of the holiday event, which draws thousands of people to Honolulu Hale and the Civic Center grounds each year.

A 25-year Honolulu City Lights photo display, showing how the celebration has changed over the years, will be on view at Kahala Mall through next Sunday. The display moves to Honolulu Hale on Dec. 5, where it will be on view through the end of the year.

For more information on the city lights display, log on to www.honolulucitylights.org.