Waikiki - In the Wake of Dreams (Sunset on the Beach)
On 10 March 2001, following its national premiere in Washington D.C. at the National Geographic Society, Waikiki - In the Wake of Dreams premiered in Honolulu at Kuhio Beach, literally on the beach under the stars, in the shadow of Diamond Head. It took 9 months to plan the build out and to obtain all the sign offs necessary in creating this outdoor theatre. The template was then given to the city and “Sunset on the Beach” was born. Since then it has become part of Waikiki’s modern history.
5000 people attended the maiden voyage screening on the beach and the all day event into the night. Families brought their kids and blankets, mingled with visitors who sat in awe of one of the world's great entertainers, Don Ho, in one of his rare major public performances in the last decade, followed by the premiere of a film that documented a thousand years of Waikiki's history.
The event was hosted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the City of Honolulu, organized in great part by professionals from otherwise competing hotels, the Sheraton Hotels Hawaii - Starwood Luxury Collection and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts; and with tremendous support by the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau it was a coming together of people who love Waikiki and who were eager to put aside daily business to create something that was truly a public service. We worked with many people who had collectively spent hundreds of years working in Waikiki. Whether they were in management or housekeeping, if they cleaned the beaches and the park or they were HPD officers who walked the beat for 20 years, or concierges who greeted a good number of those 7 million travelers who visit our islands every year, we all worked together to create an event that did no harm to the environment and whose centerpiece has remained focused on the arts. The Grammy-winning acapella group, Take Six, had agreed to record Andy Cummings' magnificent composition, "Waikiki" for the film (mahalo to former Warner Bros. Records - Nashville President, and Kohala resident, Jim Ed Norman). Their rendition of Waikiki is what you hear in this video clip taken on that evening. So the entire experience was a hui of many people both in the making of the film and creation of the event.
Today this popular event is hosted by the Mayor of Honolulu and it remains free to the public. I “happens” near the “strand” at Kuhio beach. So when we think of how times are tough for so many we need to be reminded of life’s possibilities and how a place such as Waikiki can inspire. It has inspired artists and lovers, great athletes, and visitors who may never experience a place as welcoming nor as beautiful as these shores.
Waikiki in its name speaks of “spouting healing waters” where Native Hawaiians harvested the sea rich with lobster, shrimp, fish and limu; and where they found healing at a place where three streams flowed from the great Koolau Mountains down to Waikiki and out to sea.
So if you're feeling overwhelmed in your daily life why not go down to Waikiki to take a stroll on the beach at sunset, get your feet wet, and take a look around. Let Waikiki's timeless waves roll over your problems, catch a bite to eat at one of many great restaurants, take your beach mat and go watch a good movie under the stars and in the "magic beside the sea" because... you can. Life is Good in Hawaii.
For a glimpse of the film, Waikiki in the Wake of Dreams, visit Pacific Network.tv by clicking below: