Fireworks in Honolulu, HI
The famous fireworks exhibit from Nagaoka city began bringing their annual tradition to the Honolulu Festival in 2010. In 2012, the two-hour Nagaoka show brought a condensed 15-minute version to Honolulu, exploding about 1,400 shells, including about 100 “Sanjaku-dama” shells, which are about three feet in diameter and are shot nearly 2,000 feet into the sky. The annual one-weekend community extravaganza that is the Honolulu Festival celebrates the many cultures nestled as neighbors in Hawaii. Experience Taiko Drums, Dance, Alaskan Native Heritage, Japanese Culture, Okinawan Food, and much, much more. The Honolulu Festival attracts groups from countries all over the Pacific Rim.
The day before Independence Day, visit Aloha Tower Marketplace with the whole family for fun and fireworks. Keiki festivities include bounce houses, face painting and balloon twisting. There will be food vendors there especially for the occasion, as well as the usual restaurants anchored in Aloha Tower such as Gordon Biersch Brewery, Harbor Chinese Seafood Restaurant, and Chai’s Island Bistro. Performances by local entertainers that vary year by year. 2012 entertainments includes Logan Okuda, Jewels of Paradise Dancers, and Efoe and Friends. The fun starts at 4:00 p.m. and continues until 10:00 p.m. The fireworks start at 8:45 p.m. Valet parking only.
The Independence Day fireworks show at Ala Moana Center is the largest in Honolulu, the largest on Oahu, and among the 25 largest in the entire country. The year 2012 will mark Ala Moana Center’s 21st anniversary Fourth of July fireworks show. There will be live entertainment starting at noon and the fireworks will be at 8:00 p.m. The fireworks show is 20 minutes long and always draws a humongous crowd and top entertainers from around the islands. Attendees can start jockeying for position in the Sears parking lot starting at 3 p.m. Go shopping and enjoy extra savings on the fourth from participating Ala Moana retailers, or just sit and enjoy the entertainment until the Fireworks Finale starts at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own beach chairs or blankets, and be prepared to get cozy with all your other stranger-neighbor-revelers in the mall parking lot!
Schofield Barrack’s 41st annual Fourth of July fireworks show will feature music from big names such as Hoobastank, Jack’s Mannequin, and Dita Holifield. They know how to do it on base, with loads of food, rides, games, prizes and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to ride the mechanical bull. Run off all those hot dogs as an entrant in the 5k, or sign the kiddies up for the Children’s One Mile Fun Run. This event is free and open to the public. Fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. No pets, personal fireworks, open flame or charcoal cooking. Canopy tents will be allowed on the field until 5:00 p.m. Everyone over the age of 16 is required to show a government-issued ID for entry. Organized by the department of Welfare and Morale, Family and Recreation.
The large percentage of Hawaii’s population with some Chinese heritage takes to the streets and celebrates with all the non-Chinese during the month-long Lunar New Year. Honolulu’s Chinatown bustles with street vendors, food, arts and crafts, entertainment, and of course many loud firecrackers to scare away bad spirits.. Catch a feng shui presentation, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese fortune reading, Chinese dancing, traditional Chinese song, Lion and Dragon Dances, the Narcissus Queen and her court, and weapons demonstrations. A street parade closes with a giant 150-foot dragon snaking through the crowd. This celebration takes place in January or early February, depending on the lunar calendar.