Weekends are a walk on the beach in Waikiki

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WAIKIKI -- Free family-oriented movies on the beach, food booths, live music and a torch-lighting ceremony are all part of the Sunset on the Beach program here.

The program, sponsored by the city of Honolulu and the Waikiki Improvement Association, runs from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the city's Queen's Surf Beach in Kapiolani Park.

The city recently completed a restoration of the area around Queen's Surf Beach with new grass, trees and sidewalks.

One weekend a month, the event will be held at an alternate Oahu beach.

Peter Apo, a special-event planner for the city of Honolulu, said the first Sunset on the Beach night drew 4,000 people.

The program features free movie showings on a 30-foot screen, starting at about 6:30 p.m. The first two movies shown were "George of the Jungle" and "Dinosaur."

Enthused by the success of the Brunch on the Beach -- a morning street fair held one Sunday a month in Waikiki -- city officials launched the new program, according to Kayleen Polichetti, vice president of the Waikiki Improvement Association.

Following in the steps of Brunch on the Beach, a host of local restaurants will sell food and drinks during the Sunset on the Beach, and there will be tables set up for dining.

"We try to provide a variety of ethnic food that we have here in Hawaii as well as the traditional Hawaiian fare," said Polichetti. "We'll also sell popcorn during the movie."

For information on both programs, call (808) 523-2489.

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