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Celebrating New Year's "Island Style"

Family and friends gather for New Years celebrations Family and friends gather for New Years celebrations
Lighting up legal fireworks in Kalihi Lighting up legal fireworks in Kalihi
Lighting up the grill was also a popular way of celebrating Lighting up the grill was also a popular way of celebrating

by: Beth Hillyer

KALIHI (KHNL) - Families and friends are celebrating New Year's Eve "island style" with plenty of food and fireworks.

It's smokey and noisy and the streets are filled with families partying, popping fireworks and ringing in the New Year.

This was the scene along Ahuula Street in Kalihi tonight.

And each year the celebration gets bigger.

Adults tell everyone to stand back and then they light up the sky with colorful pyrotechnics.

Kids fire up all kinds of fireworks.

Dustin Callahan explains,"I just do crazy things and hope to enjoy the people."

Little ones played with sparklers. Others enjoy colorful fountains.

And it seems like everyone is popping firecrackers.

Except the Antalin and Higa ohanas. They sit quietly and enjoy their traditional New Year's feast.

Still they shout, "Happy New Year!"

Down the street members of the Bonilla ohana throw some sausages on the BBQ and toast 2007.

"Happy New Year!"

It's a New Year's Eve tradition as families gather to celebrate 2006 and share their hopes for the New Year.

Keoni Silva states between rounds of fireworks, "The best part of New Years is about family, spending time with family. When I pop fireworks I scare away the devil."

No sign of the devil or any evil spirits lurking in Kalihi this New Year's Eve.

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