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Posted on: Saturday, January 13, 2001

Prospects strong for 'Pearl Harbor' premiere in Honolulu

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski
Assistant Features Editor

All systems are go for a "Pearl Harbor" world premiere in Honolulu on May 21, said Thomas Smyth, administrator of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Disney-Touchstone, the film company behind the multimillion-dollar movie, sent officials to Honolulu last week to firm up plans for a Hawaii premiere, holding meetings with state and military representatives.

Parts of the movie, which has a public release date of May 25, at Pearl Harbor.

Plans call for a premiere-related event on Ford Island.

Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, spokesman for the Pacific Fleet, said last month that Department of Defense cooperation was expected if Disney made the request for a Ford Island event official.

"I don’t think the Navy will have any problem with that," Smyth said. "It looks pretty firm."

Smyth, who oversees the operations of the state’s Hawaii Film Office, called Ford Island an "ideal location" for premiere activities.

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