LIHUE — There will be action outdoors. There will be action indoors when doors to
A Night at the Museum opens from 5:30 p.m. June 24 at the Kauai Veterans Center, said Brenda Biehler, producer and director of the extravaganza.
“We will have a re-enactment of M.A.S.H. with Radar doing the commentary,” Biehler said. “All of the M.A.S.H. characters will be there, and
there will be action galore, including the arrival of helicopters with incoming injured.”
This takes place outdoors where a special military tank replica has been created, and the military tents — they already did a test run with help from the Kauai Fire Department — from the Kauai Veterans Center will give credence to the re-enactment.
As the sun wanes, action moves indoor to the stage where a Broadway show to salute the Armed Forces will take advantage of stage lighting, and two bands — the Starlighters, and Vibrations, a band from Honolulu.
“We’ll have representatives from the different branches of service,” Biehler said. “The commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Kauai will be here, joined by Capt. Vinnie Johnson of the Pacific Missile Range Facility. We will have a 91-year-old Double Purple Heart veteran representing the U.S. Marines, and a lady from the U.S. Air Force. Freedan, aka Ron Wood of FM97, will be wearing his dad’s uniform.”
What follows is a tribute to the Armed Forces and a musical tour of the payment for freedom — from the days of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and moving into World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.
“We have a lot of music,” Biehler said. “Nineteen characters, 19 tunes. That is a lot of music — and quick costume changes.”
Adding to the excitement is dinner, a no host bar, and silent auction filled with bargains contributed by generous community organizations and individuals — all to benefit the Kauai Veterans Museum, which is planning a remodeling to better preserve and display its many pieces of war memorabilia.
Tickets for this no-hold-over gala are available at the Kauai Veterans Museum located in the Kauai Veterans Center, the Kauai Museum in Lihue, Pono Market in Kapaa, Scotty’s Music House Kauai, the Ono Family Restaurant in Kapaa, Hanalei Surf, Progressive Expressions in Koloa, the Kalaheo Cafe, and Ishihara Market in Waimea.
People requiring Americans with Disabilities Act accomodations need to call 246-1135.