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July 9, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

It is the mission of the Hawaiian Islanders organization to provide fans, sponsors and the community a channel for clear communication. We strive to achieve that goal through our website, our weekly television show (Islanders Illustrated), our media guide and our E-News services. Through these channels, our fans, sponsors and community will receive fast, accurate and complete information about our players, coaches, league, games and performances.

Islanders Celebrate Fan Appreciation Night July 10 against Bakersfield

The Hawaiian Islanders will celebrate Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, July 10 when they host West division leading Bakersfield Blitz at the Blaisdell Arena. Fan Appreciation Night is presented by CompUSA, Dave & Busters, and Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.

All general admission tickets are half price at the Blaisdell Box Office and all Islanders’ merchandise will be 25 percent off the regular price. In addition, the first 1,000 fans through the gate receive a free hot dog and soda courtesy of CompUSA. The first 500 fans will also receive $10 Dave & Buster’s Power Cards as well as discount coupons to Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.

The sensational group 24-VII Dance Force will perform prior to JN Chevrolet Fast Lane to Fame halftime featuring music by Hulili.

The fun begins two hours prior to the 6:30 p.m. kickoff when the Meadow Gold Dairies Family FANFest launches into action at 4:30 p.m. Demonstrations by the UH Wahine Soccer team as well as contests and fun will take place just outside the Blaisdell Box Office.

For group ticket information or for more on the July 10th activities of events, please call the Hawaiian Islanders at 53-ARENA.

Your Last Chance to Win a “You’re IN the Game Overnight Experience” for July 17

Here’s your last chance to win an exclusive behind the scene pass to the Hawaiian Islanders You’re IN the Game Overnight Experience. Up to two lucky couples will win a unique experience to what goes on before a Hawaiian Islanders game and how the team prepares for the big game.

The winner and their guest will meet the team the evening before the game, attend team meetings, ride the bus and even eat with the players. In addition, the winner will get six additional tickets for game day.

Here’s how to play.

Send an e-mail to info@hawaiianislanders.com On the Subject line, please write in: “You’re IN the Game Overnight Experience”

Answer the following questions:

1) Who is our opponent for the game on July 17?
2) What is their team nickname?
3) What was last year’s score between these two teams?
(hint: answers are listed at www.hawaiianislanders.com)

Write down your name, address, city, state, zip information as well as your daytime phone number.

Entry deadline is Tuesday, July 13. Good luck!

Last week's winners were: Louie Mansanas and Lori Figueroa.

ISLANDERS ILLUSTRATED WINS NATIONAL AWARD

HONOLULU – Even before the coaches could get a look at their prospective players for Hawaiian Islanders arenafootball2 season, plans were already underway for the organization’s 30-minute weekly television show, Islanders Illustrated.

Host and producer Alema Harrington’s primary goal was “to take the show to a new level.”

Less than three months later, Harrington and the rest of the Islanders Illustrated team accomplished their goal as a finalist in as many as 10,000 entries in the 25th Annual Telly Awards.

“What we wanted to do is put our show up against a national scale and see how we measure up,” said Harrington. “To win an award is a great accomplishment for the entire communications department here at the Islanders.”

The Telly Awards is a premier award honoring outstanding local and regional commercials, programs and the finest video and film productions. The widely- known award is highly respected on both a national and international level, receiving entries annually from all over the world.

“I don’t think that last year’s show even compares to this year’s show,” says Harrington of the second-year Islanders show, Islanders Weekly. “Last year we did the best with the resources we had while this year we built the set from the ground up and reformatted the show. We started brand new.”

Each entry is graded on a 10-point scale, which is the Telly Awards standard of excellence. Entries with a score of 9.0 and higher are award winners, while scores from 7.0 to 8.9 are award finalists.

Harrington is familiar to the Telly Awards criteria. The TV veteran has been involved in several Telly Award winning shows while working at KSL in Salt Lake City and with Hawaiian Sports Adventure, which aired on ESPN.

“I’ve had experience working on other award-winning shows,” says Harrington. “However, I don’t have the graphic ability or the creative ability to make all the ideas that I had come to life, so I depended on a lot on Sujeet Paul’s ability to make all these ideas happen.”

Senior Creative Executive Sujeet Paul was previously recognized with a Telly Award while working as the art director at Venture Magazine.

“It’s good to know that your work is being judged on a prestigious level and it’s a boost for your efforts to be recognized,” said Paul.

Paul, along with Harrington, put in countless hours designing their current set, which is located at Liquid Planet Studios. The set encompasses the major features of an arena football field, with a goalpost, rebound nets and turf built right into the set among other technological features.

“Our objective was to design a state-of-the-art set that had the look and feel of a network studio,” says Harrington. “We did it with a tight budget, but with the help of CompUSA and Steve Whitty of Whitty Construction, we accomplished our goal.”

But to make a set look as good as it does, it takes more than just plasma screen TVs. Hours before a show can be taped, videographer and lighting assistant Shon Muramoto takes careful direction from Paul to effectively light the set.

“Prior to this project, I’ve never really thought about the importance of lighting,” says Muramoto. “But learning about lighting from Sujeet, I’m now aware of how the lighting can really set the mood of the set.”

The mood of the show also depends on the creative minds of all involved in the overall production of each and every episode.

“It’s a collaborative effort and everyone does a good job, including our cameramen Mike Gonsalves and Trevor Gonsalves, to Eddie L, who edits a segment of the show” says Paul. “Eddie L. brings a different feel to the whole package, so overall we have a range of different styles and personalities that help make the show.

“Overall, we strive to be one of the best shows produced in the state,”says Paul. “We see people replicating things that we’ve done and it’s flattering, but we have to keep pushing ourselves to get better and not too comfortable. We want to change things around and keep growing.

Islanders Illustrated airs 11 times throughout the week on Oceanic Cable channel 16, with the show’s original airing on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.

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