30th annual Honolulu City Lights opens in town, Saturday

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
The 2014 Honolulu City Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place 6-11 p.m., Saturday, at Honolulu Hale. The event will include food booths; an electric light parade, which features “Hello Kitty” and begins at Aala Park, continuing down King Street; music by Willie K; and much more.

The 2014 Honolulu City Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place 6-11 p.m., Saturday, at
Honolulu Hale. The event will include food booths; an electric light parade, which features “Hello
Kitty” and begins at Aala Park, continuing down King Street; music by Willie K; and much more.

Opening day activities include parade, festival

Friends of Honolulu City Lights
News Release
HONOLULU — Honolulu City Lights will celebrate three decades of tree lightings and holiday fun, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Honolulu Hale (city hall).

Highlights of the event include the Electric Light Parade through Chinatown and downtown past Honolulu Hale, the illumination of a 50-foot Norfolk Pine tree covered with large versions of the signature ornaments sold by the Friends of Honolulu City Lights, and a festival beginning at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center, next to Honolulu Hale that includes food booths, keiki rides, entertainment and souvenir stands.

This family-friendly event includes the all new Enchanted Forest home for Santa in the Honolulu Hale courtyard, along with a display of 24 Christmas trees decorated by city employees, plus with a public wreath contest exhibit.

Early arrival is recommended between 4-5 p.m. for parking in the Civic Center Parking Garage with entrances off Alapai and Beretania streets.

Schedule of Events
Here’s a look at events:
•4 p.m., food booths, keiki rides and souvenir stands open on the grounds of the Civic Center. Friends of Honolulu City Lights will be selling 20 different ornaments from 2000-2014 that are represented on the big tree.
•6 p.m., Mayor’s tree lighting Ceremony begins on the front steps of Honolulu Hale and features Emme Tomimbang, one of the original HCL emcees, who returns to emcee the 30th year opening ceremonies. Also, enjoy a musical performance by the Kamehameha Middle School Choral Group.
6 p.m., Public Workers Electric Light Parade begins at Aala Parkand proceeds down King Street. Macy’s will welcome “Hello Kitty” as a special parade participant.
6:30 p.m., Mayor and guests illuminate the City’s 50-foot Norfolk Pine tree decorated with huge versions of the event’s ornaments created since 2000, plus candy and bows. The tree lighting will trigger a “corridor of lights” in downtown Honolulu.
•6:30 p.m., Public Workers Electric Light Parade reaches King and Punchbowl streetsto continue past Honolulu Hale. Wreath and tree exhibitions open inside Honolulu Hale Courtyard, and Santa visits with children on the Opening Night Santa Stage at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.
•7:30 p.m., HCL Holiday Concert at the Skygate Stage on the grounds of the Civic Center features headliner Willie K. and his band (9:15-10 p.m.). Also performing are Sounds of Aloha Barbershop Chorus, the Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio/Ka Pa Nani ‘O Lilinoe, Maunalua, and (from “America’s Got Talent” Season Four) Hawaii’s own Ciana Pelekai.
11 p.m., HCL closes for the day. It’s open daily from 8 a.m.-11 p.m., including Christmas and New Year’s Day, till Jan. 4, 2015.

B1_Honolulu_City_Lights_002_wAbout HCL
Honolulu City Lights is sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu in partnership with the Friends of Honolulu City Lights, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing holiday joy to local families and visitors through its annual monthlong celebration on the grounds of Honolulu Hale and Civic Center.

HCL admission is free and open to the public.

HCL Broadcast, Online
Watch all the festivities broadcast live on Dec. 6:
•Olelo 54 at 6 p.m.
•Olelo 53 at 7:30-10 p.m.

Honolulu City Lights goes social at www.honolulucitylights.org, on Facebook@honolulucitylights and on Instagram@honolulucitylights

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