(Media release) â€”Â The County of Hawaiâ€˜i will celebrate Hawaiâ€˜iâ€™s 50th anniversary of Statehood with a special concert and celebration Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A similar celebration will be held in Kona on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.
Special guests at the Hilo event will include former mayors of Hawaiâ€˜i County and dignitaries. The Makaha Sons will be the featured entertainers, and admission is free.
â€œWe are looking forward with special anticipation to this celebration,â€ said Hawaiâ€˜i County Mayor Billy Kenoi. â€œEveryone on the program has helped make our county what it is today, and their contributions over the first half-century of statehood will help to move us through the next 50 years.Â We owe these people a tremendous debt of gratitude, and on this special anniversary we wish to honor them with an expression of our thanks for their significant community service.â€ Read more