Fourth of July festivities will soon be under way in the 50th state. If you’re looking for fireworks shows, you’ll find them on four islands this year — Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Here's our list of the large-scale get-togethers that include fireworks displays. Happy Independence Day from the entire HAWAII Magazine ohana!
Get your pyrotechnics fix a day early on Tuesday at downtown Honolulu's Aloha Tower Marketplace annual Pre-Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display. Live music and assorted festivities begin at 5 p.m. The Marketplace’s fireworks show over Honolulu Harbor (pictured, below) starts at 8:45 p.m. For more information, click here.
The biggest (1,800 shells from three platforms) fireworks display in the state is marking its 21th annual Independence Day event. Live music at Ala Moana’s Center Stage will feature Nathan Aweau, Star Kalahiki, Eric Lee, Jody Kamisato, Danny Couch, Natalie Ai Kamauu and Sean Naauau. At 5 p.m., the entertainment will continue on the Makai-Ewa parking deck with performances by the Pacific Fleet Ceremonial Band, Holunape, Hapa, Na Palapalai and A Touch of Gold. The fireworks show starts at 8:30 p.m. (pictured, at top and bottom) at neighboring Ala Moana Beach Park. Tune in to KRTR 96.3 FM (Krater 96) for a fireworks soundtrack. For a complete schedule of Ala Moana Center’s Independence Day festivities, click here.
At Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai. Entertainment begins at 1 p.m., with local food vendors, Maunalua Talk Story about history and culture of area, kids’ bike parade, watermelon-eating contest, live entertainment with hula halau (hula group) and other local performers. Fireworks start at 8 p.m. For more information, click here.
Festivities at the North Shore’s Turtle Bay Resort get under way at 10:45 a.m. with the 34th annual Hio He e Nalu Paddleboard and Stand-up Paddle Race. Family-fun events start at 4 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. A party, featuring a performance by Michael Rose, lead singer of Black Uhuru, is set to start at 9 p.m. at Surfer, The Bar. For more information, click here.
Festivities based at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, will start with an 8 a.m. 5K run, followed by a children’s 1-mile run at 9 a.m. Among the attractions opening at 10 a.m. are a ride midway, pony rides, games and food booths. The concert is slated to begin at 4 p.m. with Hoobastank taking the stage, followed by Jack’s Mannequin at 5:35 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 8:30 p.m., from the Commissary parking lot. If you go, please note that drivers and all passengers 16 years and older must show a valid state or federal government ID upon entrance at gates. For more details about the event, click here.
The Hickam Officers' Club is hosting a free event for military-affiliated personnel and their sponsored guests, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Among the daytime free activities: “Xpress train,” airbrush tattoos, petting zoo, and pony rides. Food options available for purchase range from Ray's Kiawe Broiled Chicken to rotisserie beef and local plate lunch. At 7:15 p.m., "American Idol" winner David Cook will give a musical performance. Event and parking access is limited, but free shuttles will be available. The fireworks display, 8:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
At Queen’s MarketPlace, kids activities and live entertainment from 11 a.m. The Waikoloa Bowl will open at 5 p.m., with Johnny Shot performing at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 8 p.m. at Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Full Circle will perform after the fireworks, at 8:30. For more information, click here.
The Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Click here for details about the parade’s route. The fireworks show over Kailua Bay is slated to start at 8 p.m. For more information, click here.
Hilo Bay Blast
The annual Hilo Bay Blast gets under way with a 7 a.m. 5K run, starting at Liliuokalani Gardens. A barbecue cookoff begins at 11 a.m. with judging of chili, chicken, pork spare ribs, pork, and brisket categories. Music and dance performance begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. There will be daytime games, activities, and contests at Mooheau Baseball Field. (Note: a classic car show, live entertainment, and skateboarding competition has been moved to the Hilo Bayfront Park canoe landing area. The Mass Transit Agency will run a free Hele-On shuttle service to assist with transportation from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) The fireworks display from Moku Ola (Coconut Island), 8 p.m. You can view the fireworks virtually anywhere from the bayfront in Hilo town. For more information, call (808) 961-8706.
Lahaina town’s 12th annual fireworks celebration will feature a variety of bands and various holiday specials in town shops. The aerial displays will beging at about 8 p.m. in Lahaina Harbor’s historic waterfront area. The fireworks are visible from throughout Lahaina Town, but are best along the Front Street seawall and Lahaina Library lawn. For more information, click here.
Festivities will be in the works at Vidinha Soccer Field, Lihue, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at about 8:30 p.m. For additional information, click here. (Entry charge to watch from inside the soccer field. The event serves as a “friendraiser” for Kauai Hospice.) For more details, click here.
E Ola mau Na Leo O Kekaha community members are hosting festivities, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Kekaha “Faye” Ball Park. Among the entertainment highlights: family games and activities, cultural demonstrations, a talent show, food booths, game booths, crafts, and rides. A Zumba fest and a fun run event are set for 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and all other activities will begin at 10 a.m. The fireworks spectacular is scheduled for the evening. For more information, click here.
Photos: Page 1 (top) Aloha Tower Marketplace Pre-Independence Day Celebration; Page 1 (bottom) and Page 2, Ala Moana Center Fourth of July Celebration.