People Camp at Ala Moana Beach

Devie Nakahara
Devie Nakahara

ALA MOANA (KHNL) - If you're a fan of fireworks, then Ala Moana Beach Park is the place to be.

You'll be able to view the state's largest fireworks show.

But people aren't waiting until then to reserve their spots.

Devie Nakahara and her family arrived at 5 a.m. on July 3.

"To choose a good spot before anyone else steals it," she said.

They've been planning for this for the past week.

"What we want to make for the meals and a couple days ahead we start taking all the camping gear out," said Nakahara.

But they're not the only ones. The park usually closes overnight. But it'll remain open so people can camp out and get a prime spot for the show.

This year, campers are competing with surfers. Big surf is hitting the south shores of Oahu. But some surfers plan to avoid this place on the holiday.

"Too many people, no parking, I'll stay home with the family and enjoy everybody there," said Alex Webb, surfer.

Although people will be allowed to camp here, cars aren't allowed overnight. The gates will open to vehicles at 4 a.m. Wednesday and parking will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. People say getting here early is worth it.

"It's like a tradition for us now, and for the kids, it's something we look forward to," said Nakahara.

If you're headed to Ala Moana Beach Park, you'll need to arrive bright and early.

You also might want to catch the bus, which will operate on a Sunday schedule.