Fireworks show shoots past slumping economy

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Mass layoffs and cut backs are becoming familiar phrases in today's weak economy and while companies are facing new troubles, one attraction is still alive and kicking.

The weekly fireworks show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village attracts hundreds every Friday.

Seen from miles away, this entertainment fixture is focused on making it well into the future.

The Hawaii Explosive and Pyrotechics staff of four sets up hours in advance.The stage is set and security is on site,hoping to produce a show that blows crowds away.

"I really like how bright they are compared to when it's dark and I really like the sound.All the light and stuff, the different designs," said Visitor Marachel Leiv.

" Big enormous boom," said Keegan McCrary.

Sounds of excitement, the show has seen steady success. But even fireworks aren't invincible to sky high gas prices.

"We get most of our fireworks from China so as far as transporting that would probably be the biggest impact," said Operator Conrad Baker.

But still the company says a weak economy is no match for this family favorite entertainment.

" We have a lot of fun watching them because we get to have picnics," said Visitor Lily Leiv.

For at least 2 to 3 minutes, the show says onlookers get to escape reality and worries of the economy. gas prices, lay offs, even the mortgage meltdown, it doesn't matter. Producers say there will always be a place for this spectacle in the sky.

On any given Friday night they still see the parking lots and the beach packed with people checking out the fireworks.

Even if they have to scale it back at some point, they say the show must go on.