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FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES, GYOTAKU FISH PRINTING, LIFE JACKET FITTINGS FOR KIDS, TIPS & TRICKS FROM THE PROS, AND HAWAII GOES FISHING’S DEAN SENSUI, AT WEST MARINE’S GRAND OPENING WEEKEND – Thursday, March 22 to Sunday March 25; Great Giveaways, Special Discounts

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Kenton
808.499.5503
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Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

Honolulu, Hi (March 14, 2012)

West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories will hold its Grand Opening Celebration Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. West Marine’s 40 knowledgeable Associates invite anglers, boaters, families and water sports enthusiasts to stop in at 420 N. Nimitz Hwy (across from K-Mart) during the Grand Opening weekend.

West Marine Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest retail boating, fishing and sailing store, is planning fun activities, including free giveaways, Gyotaku fish printing, tips from experts and life jacket fittings to make sure your family has a safe and fun day out on the water.

Thursday, March 22, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

“Cruising For A Cause” benefit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the store. Attendees will enjoy Hawaiian music, keiki hula, dancers, local food and drinks, plus a raffle and silent auction. Each non-profit will have a display, many including interactive activities. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the following charities: The Hawaiian Monk Seal Response Team, M’Ocean Therapy, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Marimed Foundation, American Reef Coalition, Pacific Islands Fishery Group, Waianae Youth Sailing Program/Sea Scout Ship Kaveha Pono and the Hawaii Sailing Foundation.

Thursday, March 22 through Sunday, March 25: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

In-Store Events:

  • Boats on display from local dealers
  • High tech electronic demonstrations from Raymarine and Navico
  • Experts provide Tips and Tricks on how to maximize your boat’s performance and expand your fishing expertise.
  • Free refreshments while supplies last
  • Raffle prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend

Thursday, March 22 through Sunday March 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Life Jacket Fittings by US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Kids will enjoy sightings of Coastee Robot and the Coast Guard’s Life-size fish mascot.

Thursday, 6p.m. – 9p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 11a.m. to 1p.m.

Gyotaku artist Naoki Hayashi appearances fish printmaking and signings.

Friday, March 23, 10a.m. -11a.m.

Weather Guy Rick Shema presents an informative seminar for long distance cruisers.

Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dean Sensui of Hawaii Goes Fishing, meet and greet.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 310 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).