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Beloved Event Returning To Hawaii’s Oahu

by SharonKurheg

It’s been over 2 years since COVID, and some things are only now starting back up. The Boston Marathon happened last month for the first time since 2019. At Walt Disney World, in Florida, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is returning on June 23rd, after being shuttered since March 2020. And now, a favorite event of thousands is coming back to the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Since 1988, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort had hosted a weekly fireworks display on the beach. Every Friday night, hundreds of people would go to the beach to watch the free show. Well, until COVID, anyway.

Of all the states, Hawaii was arguably the most careful about the health and safety of its residents and didn’t even allow out-of-state visitors (at least not without jumping through some major hoops) until late 2021. So it makes sense that they stopped the 32-year tradition in March 2020.

However, even Hawaii is admitting that things are better now. Not perfect, of course (not even close – hello, super spreadable Omicron! Thanks for not being as deadly as Delta, etc.). But good enough that the Board of Land and Natural Resources just approved a permit for Hawaii Explosives & Pyrotechnics, the company that organizes the fireworks display at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, to start their weekly fireworks again.

The show will begin on Friday, June 3rd.

Here’s what the hotel has to say about it:

The pyrotechnic extravaganza is free (Yay FREE!) – just stake out your spot on the sand. The hotel also has a $20 per person package that includes the best seating (by the Super Pool), as well as one mai tai punch (or non-alcoholic punch).

The 45-minute performance features a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku (the legendary Hawaiian beach boy and award-winning surfer), a charming keiki (children’s) hula, and the “hapa-haole” music that was popular in the 1930s and 1940s

The audience is invited to join in on favorite island numbers such as “Tiny Bubbles,” made famous by the late Don Ho, and the late Israel (“Iz”) Kamakawiwoole’s haunting rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which leads into the dazzling display of fireworks over the resort’s Rainbow Tower.

More info will soon be found on Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort’s web page.

Feature Photo: Edmund Garman / flickr / CC by 2.0

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