Pro Bowl in Hawaii gears up

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Let the festivities commence for Pro Bowl 2011! The annual best-of-the-league football game, back in Honolulu after a stint in Miami, held a press conference today at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to kick the week off.

Football is big here — Hawaii's high-school players are strongly recruited here and abroad, and the University of Hawaii Warriors have an iron-clad fan base. But we're too small, too isolated for a professional team. So this is our week to go hog-wild for all things National Football League... and to host a bevvy of Mainland fans looking to shake off the frost for a few days.

Don't be surprised if you see the pros and their families hanging around town this week. They're here to play, but also to do community events and bask in the sun — they'll be all over the place. If you want to see the all-new Pro Bowl trophy, it'll be displayed this week at Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Waikiki.

Not many surprises at the presser (see photos, above). Local singer Anuhea, who is performing in a Hawaiian-tribute halftime show, was on hand and said she was honored to represent Hawaii at the event. (She got a round of applause from the local media — eh, got pride!)

As for the public events, here are the highlights. All are free unless otherwise indicated:

Friday, Jan. 28

Sunset on the Beach: NFL mascots and cheerleaders will be on hand to entertain at the 30-foot screen and stage at Queen's Beach in Waikiki, followed by a screening of "The Blind Side" at dusk. 4:30-9 p.m. Fly there in 3D »

Saturday, Jan. 29

Ohana Day celebration: Come down to Aloha Stadium to watch the AFC and NFC teams in action, and enjoy fan contests, interviews, NFL video features and a preview of the Pro Bowl game entertainment. Children are invited to sit in the Kid’s Zone for special contests, prizes and mascot mania. 9 a.m.-noon. Fly there in 3D »

The Pro Bowl football clinic at Kapiolani Park. c_chan808/Creative Commons.

Youth Football and Cheerleading Clinics: Work with former NFL players and NFL cheerleaders at Kapiolani Park to improve your skills on and off the field. Registration is required, contact the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii or the Honolulu YMCA for information. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fly there in 3D »

Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party: Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki shuts down for a party that includes five entertainment stages, the Island’s hottest bands, NFL players, cheerleaders, mascots, local celebrities, great food, NFL merchandise, local crafts and special surprises. 7-10 p.m. Fly there in 3D »

Game Day: Sunday, Jan. 30

Pro-Bowl Touchdown Club: Verizon presents a tailgate with food, drinks, entertainment and interactive games at Lot 8B (North End) of Aloha Stadium. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Official Pro-Bowl Tailgate Party: "NFL Island Style" includes entertainment and delectable food at Richardson Field, overlooking Pearl Harbor and walking distance from Aloha Stadium. Tickets available at Ticketmaster. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Pro-Bowl pre-game ceremony: If you've got tickets for the game, head in early to enjoy a celebration of the NFL season and a special performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. 1:30 p.m.

GAME TIME: 2 p.m. Book it in 3D »

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