GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
All Star Hawaii patrons George Yip, left, Weylin Sasaki, Derek Haderman and Art Andres celebrated yet another Tampa Bay touchdown during yesterday's Super Bowl game, televised in the Waikiki sports bar.
On Isenberg Street in Moiliili, like many other neighborhoods around Oahu, Super Bowl Sunday was either celebrated ... or ignored.
Isenberg mirrors isles
Station fails to provide Super bowl tickets
By Leila Fujimori
Super Bowl parties were going on loud and strong in some places on the street.
But at Old Stadium Park, families were enjoying a quiet day far from the (John) Madden(ing) crowd.
"We were just commenting there aren't that many men here," said Dan Shiu, on a picnic with wife Sandy and their two young sons.
Also picnicking were Ed and Stacey Hoopii and three of their four daughters, who have started making Sunday picnics a regular activity.
"Ever since I had the family, I spend the time with them," Ed Hoopii said. "We just turned TV back on this past summer after four years of no TV, no football.
"But we're busy without the TV," he said as his family bicycled and flung a Frisbee.
At the Saint Louis Alumni clubhouse across the street from the park, about 65 people screamed with excitement as the Oakland Raiders battled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Half are cheering for the Bucs, half for the Raiders," said Saint Louis School alumnus Clayton Sue, class of '48.
Bucs fan Noa Ornellas, 5, wore his hair red yesterday. "It's not my real hair," he said. "I just sprayed it." He was rooting for the Bucs "'cause I don't like the Raiders."
For Pam Alo, who was invited by co-worker Stephanie Bellefeuille, it was her first Super Bowl. "I heard the commercials are good. I liked that Ozzy Osbourne one," she said, but could not remember what product was advertised.
"This is what it's all about: sharing friendship," said athletic director Cal Lee, who started the Super Bowl parties at the clubhouse three years ago.
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Station fails to provide
tickets for Super Bowl
A group of fans from Hawaii who traveled to San Diego for the Super Bowl found themselves without tickets and plan to file a complaint with Honolulu police against the radio station that provided the Super Bowl package.
About 20 fans from Hawaii said they had purchased or won a Super Bowl package through KIKI radio station.
Brian Chun, a 29-year-old carpenter, said he paid $2,000 for a package that was supposed to include air tickets, a hotel room and Super Bowl tickets.
But as the big game began, he and the others were left watching the game on a television with poor reception at a San Diego hotel.
"They told us the tickets were supposed to have been delivered Friday, then Saturday and then today," he said. "We haven't gotten them, and I don't think we're getting them."
Chun said he tried to file a police report in San Diego but was told he had to contact law enforcement in Hawaii. He said he would file a report when he returned to Honolulu tomorrow.
"We don't even have a rental car," he said. "It's been a horrible trip, really horrible."
David Patterson, spokesman for Clear Channel, the station's parent company, said the booking agent failed to deliver the game tickets and the episode is "an extremely unfortunate rise of events beyond our control."
His client is seeking legal action, Patterson said.
The station ran a Super Bowl XXXVII promotion given by Universal Music Group and RCA Records, which paid for the packages in full, he said. The promotional prize included round-trip airfare for two, hotel and a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl.
All winners received their airfare and hotel but not the Super Bowl tickets, he said.
The station repeatedly tried to contact the booking agent but failed to secure tickets.
"Although we understand that our promises to our winners were unmet, we equally feel victimized by this entire episode," he said.
"We understand that this is a unique prize and are currently working with the record labels and the authorities to rectify this situation."
Star-Bulletin staff and news services.
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