Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year's Eve Fireworks Displays in Hawaii

If this is your first New Year's Eve in Hawaii, prepare yourself for some loud and explosive action. I will never forget the first time I saw one of my Oahu neighbors string 10,000 firecrackers together, hang them over the branch of a tree, and set the whole thing on fire! Or wading through early-morning ankle-deep firecracker papers in the streets of Waikiki on New Year's Day. Firecrackers are a strong cultural tradition in Hawaii, but some islanders would like to see them outlawed because they can cause injuries and fires, scare pets, and cause air pollution that is a danger to small children, the elderly, and people with asthma. The safest way to enjoy fireworks on New Year's Eve in Hawaii is to watch one of the public aerial fireworks displays. Fireworks displays on December 31, 2006 include:
  • OAHU: Waikiki Beach and Aloha Tower Marketplace
  • MAUI: Hana, Wailea Beach, and Maluaka Beach
  • KAUAI: Poipu Beach
  • LANAI: Manele Bay Hotel
    See also: Hawaii Fireworks Controversy

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