September 9, 2008

Aloha nui loa

photo Leslie Pugmire Hole/copyright Redmond Spokesman
Craig Hubbard of Redmond receives plenty of personal attention during his impromptu
dance with members of Hokulea at the last Music on the Green concert of the season

The Redmond Chamber of Commerce wrapped up another season of Music on the Green, its summer concert series, with a performance Sept. 3 by perennial favorites Hokulea dancers.
Chamber Executive Director Eric Sande called the 2008 season “the best ever,” adding that attendance at all events save one topped 1,000.
Vendor participation was up this year, Sande said, with the exception of food vendors, which was limited due to several last minute cancellations.
Although the stage and amphitheater at Redmond’s new Legion Park will be ready by next year Sande said it was not a sure thing the concert series would move.
“There’s more room for the audience there but it’s also more structured – you can’t just spread out your blanket and chairs,” he said. “And the stage is much bigger than we need, almost too big for the size acts we have.”
The chamber was the original inspiration for the amphitheater, encouraging a Leadership Redmond group, then the Redmond Rotary, to take on the project, which was originally envisioned for Sam Johnson Park. It was relocated to Legion Park while still in the design phase and broadened in scope.
“The amphitheater really caters to larger venues,” Sande said. “We’ll have to evaluate whether it’s right for us.”

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