Despite concerns about gatherings, New Year’s fireworks show in Waikiki still on

The big New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Waikiki is back this year after the pandemic forced organizers to cancel in 2020.
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 5:35 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2021 at 12:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The big New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Waikiki is back this year after the pandemic forced organizers to cancel in 2020.

There are concerns from those who feel the surge in COVID cases is enough to call off the show ― given the number of people who usually gather at Ala Moana Beach Park. Others feel because much of those crowds gather outdoors, the show won’t be as risky and should go on.

State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char expressed concern over gatherings in general ahead of the holiday.

“We’re very concerned about New Year’s, we hope that people will behave accordingly to minimize the risk and I think it’s kind of fatalistic to say it’s just going to go crazy and there’s nothing we can do about it. We absolutely can influence this by our behaviors,” Char said.

Prior to those statements made in a Wednesday DOH press briefing, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi made his own comments regarding his decision not to bring back tighter restrictions on businesses or individuals despite the high number of cases.

“All of us, as individuals can help deal with this situation,” Blangiardi said. “I really find it fascinating that people would rather be told what not to do versus what we are telling them to do. What we’re telling people to do is get a booster, get a booster.”

Still, the show is set to go on. The Waikiki Improvement Association is working with Fireworks by Grucci-Hawaii to put together the 15th annual display.

The show starts at midnight and will last for eight to 10 minutes.

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