HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Taylor Preza
Celebrating seven decades of peace following the end of World War II in the Pacific, the City and County of Honolulu along with the City of Nagaoka, and the United States Navy will hold a peace friendship commemoration and fireworks spectacular at Ford Island on Saturday, August 15.
The fireworks spectacular is a gift from the people of Nagaoka to the people of the City and County of Honolulu.
"Seventy years after the end of a war that deeply impacted our two cities, I am proud to stand side-by-side with Nagaoka Mayor Mori, in collaboration and determination to maintain, nurture, and share this great peace with the rest of the world," said Mayor Caldwell.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at Aloha Stadium for $3 and shuttles will run to and from Ford Island from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m., a commemorative ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., and the fireworks show will start at 8 p.m.
Hawaiian 105.1 KINE-FM will broadcast accompanying music for the fireworks. Food vendors will also be on site and cultural and educational exhibits will be on display, including performances by the Pacific Fleet Band and the Nagaoka Aloha Club. There will even be a special performance of "jupiter" by Japanese singer/songwriter Ayaka Hirahara.
Backpacks, large bags, coolers, tents, and outside food and drinks will not be allowed on Ford Island for the event.
Honolulu and Nagaoka became Sister Cities in 2012.
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