Aloha, downtown Minot

While North Dakota is nowhere near the ocean, let alone anywhere close to Hawaii, that doesn’t mean that the Downtown Business and Professional Association can’t bring Hawaii to the landlocked state on the prairie. That’s exactly what they plan to do with the Blue Hawaiian Holiday event.

There will be a festival celebrating Hawaii in downtown Minot on Friday, June 6, starting at 7 p.m. and finishing at 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Cookies For You or at Outdoor Recreation at the Minot Air Force Base. Those attending need to be age 21 and older since alcohol will be served at the event.

According to Bonny Kemper, president of the Downtown Business and Professional Association, the Blue Hawaiian Holiday event is their kickoff to the summer. That evening, there will be a homemade Hawaiian dinner and drinks, live music and other entertainment, as well as an outdoor showing of the movie “Blue Hawaii.” There will also be a surprise ending to the event, which Kemper said people will have to stick around until after the movie to find out what it is.

“We’re putting up a big tent and blocking off the street,” Kemper added about the event. Not a whole lot of tickets have been sold yet due to the weather being cold, she added, and thought that maybe people were waiting until the temperatures warmed up before deciding to buy tickets.

The Hawaiian theme was chosen simply because it hadn’t been done before. The movie was chosen to show an old movie to see how people like it, Kemper said. “It’s just a good way to kick off the summer,” she added.

Kemper thinks people will enjoy the event since it will be held outside, they can visit, there is original food, music and dancing. “It’s a nice way to relax after the week and a fun thing to do.”

There will be other events planned for the summer by the Downtown Business and Professional Association. “We want people to know we’re alive and well,” Kemper said, about starting off the season with the Hawaiian party.