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Sunset on the Beach free movies return to Waikiki this weekend

Once the sun sets, dimming the skies above the makeshift outdoor theater, the show begins. It's a great family event in a truly one-of-a-kind setting—especially so when a bright full moon rises over neighboring Diamond Head crater.

The event is free, organized by the Waikiki Improvement Association, and paid for by the City & County of Honolulu and private sponsors. Mostly due to financial constraints, Sunset on the Beach's schedule these days is more spotty than when Judy visited in 2004. Sunset on the Beach screenings were near weekly at that time.

Waikiki_sunset_on_the_beachThere's some good news, though. After an entire summer season without an event, Sunset on the Beach returns to the beach this weekend for Saturday and Sunday night screenings of recent summer blockbusters, courtesy of lead event sponsor Tesoro Hawaii.

Showing on Sat., Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. is Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Amy Adams, just released to theaters in May. Showing on Sun., Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m., is Harrison Ford's summer 2008 return to the bullwhip and fedora, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—partially filmed on the Big Island of Hawaii (photo, above).

Food booths open at 4 p.m. both days, with live entertainment kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

Sadly, no future Sunset on the Beach events are currently scheduled for the remainder of the year. Keep checking HawaiiMagazine.com's events calendar for updates.

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