Fourth of July preps: Magic Island

By Kelly Mumme

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state's biggest fireworks display is just hours away.

However, there's still plenty of work to be done at Magic Island, before the first effect lights up the night sky on Monday.

For 20 years Ala Moana Center has put on the biggest fireworks show on any island and this year it's better than ever.

"So the whole sky is going to be lit up with silver everywhere. It's just going to be crazy. It's going to be loud, it's going to be intense, and it's going to be more silver than you're ever going to believe and then you're going to go, 'Ohh,'" PyroSpectaculars head technician Sherry Souza said.

Souza has been prepping this show for 19 of its 20 years. She and her team at PyroSpectaculars have been working since last Tuesday at Magic Island, making sure everything is just right.

"Once the shell is connected into the mortar gun here, the electric match comes out and we connect it to the terminal on our module," Souza said. "This will go directly into our computer, and the computer is what shoots the whole entire show."

Each firework is set to music and timed perfectly with the beat to fly into the sky.

But it's not all glitz and glamour.

"It's crazy, over-the-top pressure. It really is because we're not only dealing with explosives, but we're dealing with something that's beautiful and you only get one shot at it. One time and that's it, so the pressure is very intense," Souza said.

According to Souza, the moments make all the work worthwhile.

"We try to make memories. We want to make good memories. We want to make memories that will last for the children," Souza said.

Hundreds of families and friends have already started camping out at Magic Island.

"the time, the family just cruising, being able to be someplace together and having good times," Mililani resident Brent Ishikawa said.

A prime spot for the fireworks show, which is slated to start at 8:30 p.m. on Independence Day.

"You get to feel the action from right here. Right there when they blast off and you get the boom, and you're like 'Whoa,'" Ishikawa said.

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