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Hawaii Kai Fourth of July fireworks canceled, says organizer

July 4, 2012 at Maunalua Bay July 4, 2012 at Maunalua Bay
HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Kai will celebrate Independence Day 2013 without a firework show.

The Maunalua Communities Foundation (MCF) on Thursday announced, " Unfortunately this year's event will not feature fireworks because as of April 30 MCF has not received enough sponsor funding to afford the pyrotechnic display which represents 60 percent of the budget."

"We have explored all the alternatives to shooting the fireworks from a barge in the bay (most expensive option)," explained Dianne Glei, 2013 event chair. "However, we could not find a suitable land site and even when the fireworks company worked to provide us with a reduced-cost option, it was still too expensive based on our funding projections.

"We know the community will be disappointed, but we just cannot go forward with fireworks this year knowing that it will put us in the red. Should an angel donor(s) come forth by June 1 we have the option to add the fireworks back in," she added.

MCF did say that the annual Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Festival will continue. This year's event will be a Backyard Barbecue on the Bay and Music Festival.  

The event will have top-name entertainment such as Maunalua, Hawaiian cultural activities including hula, a keiki bike parade, art projects, near-water activities, the traditional watermelon-eating contest, a barbecue and more.

Glei expressed appreciation to those sponsors who have pledged support for 2013: City and County of Honolulu, Bubbies Koko Marina, Outback Steakhouse, Koko Marina 76, the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association, Koko Marina Center, American Savings Bank Hawaii Kai, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii American Water.

"We hope people will come out and celebrate friends, family and freedom on the 4th of July at Maunalua Bay. It is still their community event." Hours will be noon to 7 p.m.

For more information visit www.idmbf.org or to volunteer, call 224-8357. 

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