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Oscar Night America 2009 Press Release

HAWAII’S OFFICIAL OSCAR NIGHT® PARTY BENEFITING HAWAII INT’L FILM FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT NEWLY RESTORED ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL

HONOLULU – The iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, known as a luxurious holiday haven for the rich and famous, is rolling out the red carpet for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night. Guests are invited to experience the thrill of the 81st Academy Awards® on Sunday February 22, 2009, at the Hawaii International Film Festival’s (HIFF) very own Oscar Night® America party. HIFF will be airing an advanced telecast allowing party guests to see the ceremony before anyone else in the Islands.

Oscar Night® benefits HIFF, which is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film, and will be held at the newly restored Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Luxury Collection Resort, in the Monarch Ballroom. Arrivals and cocktail party begin at 4:00 p.m. with the advanced telecast of the award ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for $250.00 per person. To purchase tickets, please call HIFF at 808-528-3456 ext. 113 or via e-mail at ona@hiff.org.

“Millions of people tune in every year to see the gowns, the jewels, the hair, the stars and, of course, who walks away with the Oscar,” says HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller. “Celebrating this year’s Oscar Night® America Party at the renowned ‘Pink Palace of the Pacific’ will be a special thrill for all our Hawaii guests. They will have the chance to be one of the first to visit the newly restored historic resort, while at the same time enjoy the glamour of the Oscars and help HIFF raise money.”

Jay Chen, Oscar Night Chair adds, “We’re working hard to make this an exciting and fun evening. We’ll have a great grand prize for the ‘predict the winners’ contest and some special and unique silent auction items. It promises to be the place to see and be seen in town Oscar night.”

Guests will enjoy a taste of the Academy Awards as they make their way down the hotel’s famous ‘pink’ carpet, and later, savor a sumptuous meal while watching all the action unfold from Hollywood on large TV screens. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a private guided tour of the stunning hotel with its magnificent Spanish-Moorish architecture and learn about how ‘The Royal’ changed the face of Waikiki Beach forever more than three quarters of a century ago.

The Hawaii Oscar Night® party is one of 46 official parties sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar Night®. VIP guests in Hawaii will receive the official Academy Awards program distributed to guests seated at the Kodak Theatre and copies of the 81st Academy Award commemorative poster will be available for purchase.

ABC Television and the Academy are cooperating for the 16th year with local charities to support official Oscar Night® viewing parties throughout the country. Last year, Oscar Night® America parties raised over $3.3 million for charities across America, bringing the total raised since the program’s inception to more than $23.7 million. All money raised stays in the community.

The 81st Academy Awards honoring the best in film for 2008 will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and will be broadcast here in Hawaii on the ABC affiliate KITV.

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