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City Centennial Too Early?

Author Rich Budnick says the city jumped the gun, sort of, in celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Author Rich Budnick says the city jumped the gun, sort of, in celebrating its 100-year anniversary.
Ron Wright with the Honolulu Centennial Commission, says the city made its choice knowing the possible date controversy. Ron Wright with the Honolulu Centennial Commission, says the city made its choice knowing the possible date controversy.

HONOLULU (KHNL) - When you're 100 years old, age tends to become irrelevant.

So what's this about the City and County of Honolulu celebrating its centennial this year?

One local author claims it's too soon.

"It might be embarrassing," said Rich Budnick.

In 2005, the centennial celebration began.

"They called it the 100th birthday of the City and County of Honolulu. That's how they specifically called it, when it's not," said Budnick.

In his book on local history, Budnick says we should be celebrating the County of Oahu's birthday. That's what was formed on July 1, 1905.

"But the actual City and County of Honolulu was not established until 1907," said Budnick.

The author of the book says celebrating the city's birthday a little early is an honest mistake. But those who have been planning the centennial celebrations say it's not a mistake. They knew what they were doing all along.

"We knew all the dates from, 1905, 1906, 1907. And we could've chose any of those dates but it was our choice to go with July 1, 1905," said Ron Wright with the Honolulu Centennial Commission.

Wright says he appreciates the author's input, but he disagrees with him.

"I think our centennial was celebrated at the right time," said Wright.

To celebrate the centennial, the city spent hundreds and thousands of dollars organizing seven major events.

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