Kailua fireworks show fizzles out

Brook Gramann
Brook Gramann
Scott Carvill
Scott Carvill

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

KAILUA (KHNL) - It's been a scenic holiday staple for more than 60 years, but now the Kailua 4th of July Fireworks Show is officially a "no-go."

Six months ago, the Kailua Chamber of Commerce elected not to participate in the annual event, putting the burden of planning all on one person, who says it's too much.

Now, a group of area residents are stepping up to try to save it.

They have two things going against them- Time and money.

"Hi, my name is Brook. Do you live in Kailua? We're not going to have the 4th of July fireworks this year, we've had it for 60-years. Nobody's stepped up to coordinate it, so what we're doing is putting some community support together and signing a petition to show people want it. Would you mind signing a petition?," said Kailua resident Brook Gramann.

Brook Gramann is on a great mission.

"We've been on Facebook, we've been on Twitter," said Gramann.

She's part of the group "Save Kailua Fireworks!" The spectacle in the sky entertains more than 60,000 each year and this group doesn't want the fireworks show to fizzle out.

"People go to barbecues, they go out to the beach they have their family come over and it's really an important part of the tradition," said Gramann.

"A lot of us take it for granted that it happens every year," said Kailua resident Scott Carvill.

But not this year, the Kailua Chamber of Commerce has typically taken care of signage, permits and police participation. Officials told KHNL and K5 news "no comment." After hearing concern from the community on a new website, Carvill is determined to keep the Kailua event.

"If I can contribute and make on year happen, it's a small price to pay for something that's been important for such a long time," said Carvill.

The small group must raise a big sum of $40,000.

"Hopefully we can drum up enough support so that the great businesses that supported us in the past will come forward," said Gramann.

Since Bayfest has moved to August, as of right now, Windward Oahu will have no fireworks on the Fourth of July. Now, citizens are counting on local businesses to come through to make the Kailua event a reality.