September 28th, 2012
Posted by Guest Contributor
The Windward community will come together for the fourth annual Cool Kailua Nights, a free block party on Saturday, October 13, from 4 to 9:30 p.m. in the Whole Foods Market parking lot in Kailua Town Center. This year’s Cool Kailua Nights may be the biggest in the event’s history with organizers expecting as many as 15,000 people. More than 35 local shops and restaurants are participating in the party.
Danielle Scherman, who founded Cool Kailua Nights in honor of her mother, a breast cancer survivor, said all proceeds will go to Castle Medical Center’s Oncology Unit, which provides outpatient services to patients battling cancer, and to the Boys & Girls Club’s Windward Clubhouse, which provides children from 7 to 17 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs.
“We are thrilled that so many Windward organizations and businesses want to be a part of this community event,” said Scherman. “It’s going to be an exciting night in Kailua with entertainment on the main stage, a beer garden, a silent auction and various tents featuring food and merchandise from local restaurants and shops. We invite our neighbors from the nearby Marine Corps base and our Kailua friends to come out for the fun.”
Evening entertainment will include a fashion show featuring designs from Kailua vendors, various musical groups, including Kapena, and a doggie fashion show with therapy dogs wearing donated outfits.
“Kaneohe Ranch is proud to be one of many sponsors for Cool Kailua Nights,” said Kimo Steinwascher, executive vice president and COO of Kaneohe Ranch. “Our Kailua Town Center (Phase III) is fully occupied and is the ideal gathering place for this block party. It’s also great to see so many businesses donating their time, energy and products to such a good cause.”
Other highlights for Cool Kailua Nights will include a dunking tank run by the Boys and Girls Club and various lemonades for sale from Lemonade Alley, a program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to students by helping them run their own lemonade stands and businesses. Throughout the night, students will be on stage promoting their various flavors of lemonades to the audience and competing with each other to see who can sell the most.
Interested vendors or sponsors can contact Scherman at www.coolkailuanights.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cool-Kailua-Nights/175692495809225. Scherman can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Kaneohe Ranch. The ranch manages the real estate owned by the family business entities of Harold K.L. Castle and Alice H. Castle and their nonprofit charitable foundation, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. The portfolio consists of major landholdings in Kailua as well as other properties on Oahu and the U.S. mainland. The Kailua properties include commercial, retail, office, industrial and residential leasehold parcels.