Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann recently shared details about the first-ever Honolulu Olympic Celebration, part of the nationwide effort to show support for the U.S. bid for the 2016 Olympics in Chicago. Held June 15-23, the week-long Oahu celebration is being designed with the Olympics' three core values – Excellence, Friendship and Respect – as its guide.
More than 80 U.S. cities are participating with their own Olympic Day events on or around June 23rd. Hannemann and the Honolulu Olympic Celebration Steering Committee are working with the U.S. Olympic Committee to create the various Honolulu events, which will include dancing to a live simulcast at 9:15 a.m. The public is invited to tune in and participate.
In addition, Hannemann has decided to expand the festivities to a week-long celebration of Olympic-oriented sports events at various locations throughout Oahu. Sports activities include basketball, swimming and running.
On June 20 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a 5K fun run/walk at the Les Murakami Stadium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. All participants are asked to wear their own red, white and/or blue shirts. Admission is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.
An event called Sunset on the Field will follow the fun run at 6:45 p.m. Former Hawaii Olympians and other special guests will take part, and there will be lucky number drawings for official merchandise from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, plus food booths and live entertainment. Wrapping up the evening will be a screening of the movie "Miracles," the true story behind the 1980 U.S. ice hockey team's Olympic victory against the Soviet Union.
Hannemann, who is co-chair with Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley on a special task force working to support Chicago's Olympic bid, recently joined Daley and other officials to present the U.S. proposal to host the 2016 Games to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission. The IOC will be making its final decision in October.
"We encourage everyone to participate in our Honolulu Olympic Celebration and show Honolulu's support for the U.S. bid for the Olympics, while also having fun and keeping healthy," said Hannemann.