"Cirque De Lima: A Tribute to Joy, Laughter & Frank De Lima"

(HawaiiNewsNow) - St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii presents "Cirque De Lima: A Tribute to Joy, Laughter & Frank De Lima" on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Ala Moana Hotel's Hibiscus Ballroom. The special event honors Hawaii's popular comedian Frank De Lima for his many years of bridging our cultures and making people laugh with his island  humor. The event also celebrates his Portuguese heritage.

The event's main attractions include a sit-down dinner featuring Portuguese delicacies, a silent auction and country store, and live entertainment by Kelly Boy De Lima & Kapena, Frank De Lima, guitarist Sonny Silva, and the dance group Folklorica de Camoes. Augie T, Carole Kai Onouye, Glenn Medeiros, and Michael W. Perry and Larry Price also salute De Lima and share their memories through video tributes. Kanoa Leahey of KHON2 serves as master of ceremonies. Honorary co-chairs are Bishop Larry Silva and HMAA Chairman, President & CEO John Henry Felix.

Individual seats are available at $150 each and may be purchased from St. Francis Healthcare Foundation office by calling 547-8030. Corporate sponsorships ranging from $2,500 (Tita Turner), $5,000 (Big Time Sumo), and $10,000 (Mary Tunta) to $25,000 (Cardinal Vermicelli), are also available. Please also call 547-8030 for more information on sponsorships.

Proceeds from Cirque De Lima will be used for the St. Francis Intergenerational Center, to be built on 1.25 acres in Ewa Villages. The proposed combination of a preschool and adult day care in the 15,000-square-foot center will be a valuable addition to the growing West Oahu region. It will bring young and old together for intergenerational activities such as cultural celebrations, music, games, and arts and crafts. These connections create rewarding experiences for both children and adults, provide enriching opportunities to learn from each other, enhance their health and well-being, and strengthen the community. The center will have a capacity to serve 42 adults and 96 children per day. This will be St. Francis' second intergenerational center in Hawaii; Franciscan Adult Day Center in Manoa has been serving the needs of older adults and their caregivers since 1996.

Frank Wilcox Napuakekaulike De Lima has been entertaining local residents and visitors for more than 30 years with his sense of humor, clever parodies, and ballyhoo. He is especially adept at taking topical issues and turning them into fresh, musical parodies.  He feels that "laughter or a smile is one of the greatest gifts you can give to people. Laughter makes a happy heart." Over the years, De Lima has released three videos and 13 comedy albums. In addition to his entertainment career, he founded a student enrichment program, visiting schools and helping students understand the importance of reading, studying, laughing, and family.

Organized in 1984, St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii, a subsidiary of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, supports the healthcare system's entities and health care ministries through fund raising efforts, community education programs and acquiring assets. For more information, call 808-547-8030 or visit www.stfrancishawaii.org.