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New Year's Eve: Street revelers and street residents

KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Kakaako waterfront area was teeming with activity Tuesday in advance of New Year's Eve celebrations. At Pier One, Tom Likos of Fireworks by Grucci was overseeing the loading of fireworks onto a barge.

“We're going to put a lot of stuff in the air that's going to explode at midnight" he said.

Down the street at Kakaako Waterfront Park, Theresa Schubert oversaw last minute preparations for ‘The Party of the Year'.

“This is THE party of the year, and we encourage everyone to come, and like we say, we have something for everyone" she said.

That includes live music as well as DJ's, food and beverages of all kinds. There will be a 21 and over area, as well as a family area all inside the park.

But what about the families outside the park? The multitude of homeless who live in the area?

"Well, it's always definitely a concern, it's a question we get asked all the time" she said. "In the past two years we've never had problems with them. They're just like any other family; they're there, they're enjoying the show as well".

Hawaii News Now spoke to several homeless people in the area. None wanted to be quoted or appear on camera for our story. However, they were also in unison that revelers don't usually bother them or start trouble.

This year, promoters are taking an extra step to ensure camps won't get unduly traversed once the show is over.

Said Schubert; "We made it more pedestrian friendly. We blocked off a part of Ilalo Street so we can have pedestrians going through without vehicles, just to flow everybody out to Ala Moana in a straight path".

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