By U.S. Army Garrison-HawaiiJune 25, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- When the Southern California-based rock band Jack's Mannequin steps up to the Fourth of July Spectacular stage on Weyand Field, here, the anticipated 40,000 audience members will see a band whose performance is being funded by an unusual method.
Funds to underwrite this year's Fourth of July headline entertainment were generated from Army Recycle Center revenues generated by the Environmental Division, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.
"Finding new sources of funding and partnering this way is extremely gratifying," said Michael Amarosa, director, DFMWR. "This is a win-win for an important community event and our garrison recycling effort."
The headline band for the 41st annual event, Jack's Mannequin was formed by pianist, composer and frontman Andrew McMahon in 2004. The group's first album, "Everything in Transit," made an immediate impact and peaked at No. 37 on Billboard's top 200.
At the same time, McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia that required stem cell treatment.
In the ensuing years, McMahon's battle and recovery from leukemia has also left an imprint on his music and community efforts. His "Dear Jack Foundation" raises funds and awareness about cancer and cancer treatment, while the band has gone on to release multiple recordings.
Jack's Mannequin will start at 5:30 p.m. at Weyand Field, here, following the return of another popular mainland group, Hoobastank, at 4 p.m.
The free, daylong celebration includes games, a 5K Fun Run, a Children's One-Mile Fun Run, crafts, a new products bazaar, entertainment, 20 food locations and evening fireworks.
New to the 41st annual event will be a Commissary 'farmer's market' location and an Exchange "shop."
Gates will be open for public access; however, random vehicle inspections will be conducted. Visitors will need to show a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and a current safety check.
Carpooling or walking to the event is encouraged. Pets are prohibited; backpacks, coolers and vehicles are subject to inspection; and glass containers are not permitted.
For more information about the Fourth of July Spectacular, visit www.himwr.com.
This Fourth of July, celebrate Independence Day with a multitude of opportunities and activities islandwide. Spectators can safely view public fireworks displays and enjoy a safe holiday at many locations, listed below. All times are approximate; some displays may be cancelled by promoters or are pending final approval.
•Mayor's Parade, Honolulu, 5-6 p.m., sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu. Parade route starts at Fort DeRussy, Saratoga Road and Kalakaua Avenue, and continues down Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. Call 768-6622 or email email@example.com.
•Sunset on the Beach, Waikiki, 7:15-10 p.m., Kuhio Beach Park, sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and Waikiki Improvement Association. Watch the blockbuster movie "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." Call 923-0775.
•Aloha Tower Marketplace, Honolulu, 5-9 p.m. Festivities include entertainment and keiki activities with bounce houses and face painting. Fireworks display begins at 8:45 p.m. Visit www.alohatower.com or call 528-5700.
•Runway 5K Run, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, 7 a.m., at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The course will start and finish at Hangar 104 and goes along the length of the runway. Call 254-7590 or visit www.mccshawai.com.
•Fourth of July Train Ride, Ewa Beach-Kahe Point, Waianae Coast, and return, featuring vintage World War II-era Army flatcars that have been converted to passenger cars by the Hawaiian Railway Society. The historic narrow-gauge train will depart the Ewa Train Museum at 9:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Visit www.4Ewa.org. Adult tickets are $12; tickets for keiki ages 2-12 are $8. Tickets must be booked in advance; email gm@4EWA.org.
•Kailua Fourth of July Parade, from 10 a.m.-noon, organized by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce. Parade travels south along Kainalu Drive from Palapu Street to Kailua Intermediate School. Call 261-7997.
•Maunalua Bay, Hawaii Kai, from 1-9 p.m. This family event includes entertainment and keiki games; fireworks begin at 8 p.m.
•Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, 5:30-9 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m.; festivities start at 4 p.m. The event includes live entertainment including Kapena at 6:30 p.m., keiki activities and community food booths. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Visit www.turtlebayresort.com or call 293-6000.
•Ala Moana Center Fourth of July Spectacular, Honolulu. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., but entertainment starts at noon. Show will be off Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park.
•Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam MWR Fourth of July celebration, 2--9 p.m. at the Hickam Officer's Club, with free admission. Free activities for keiki and adults begin at 2 p.m. Season seven "American Idol" winner David Cook performs a free concert at 7:15 p.m., followed by fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.greatlifehawaii.com. Call 449-5215/473-2431.