LIST: Ready to ring in the new year — with firecrackers? Just don’t forget a permit

A firecracker permit is required to purchase. However, people can still purchase fireworks.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 9:31 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 27, 2022 at 5:15 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It’s only a matter of time when friends and families alike are ringing in the new year with a big bang.

If you are planning to pop firecrackers on the holiday, don’t forget to purchase a permit.

Applications for fireworks permit on Oahu, Maui and Kauai are now being accepted online through the end of the month.

Each firecracker permit costs $25 and will entitle the holder to purchase up to 5,000 individual firecrackers. You must be age 18 or older to purchase a permit.

Fireworks are allowed to be set off during the approved hours of 9 p.m. on New Years Eve to 1 a.m. on New Years Day only. Permits must also be visibly displayed while firing.

Here’s how to apply for a permit for each county:

Oahu

Firework permit applications are available online on Honolulu Fire Department’s website.

  • Click on the ‘Application’ tab located in the website ribbon.
  • Check the acknowledgement box.
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ tab and continue to payment processing.

The deadline to get a firecracker permit on Oahu is on Dec. 21. The county said the permit must be purchased at least ten days prior to the date of use.

Permits must be picked up from Dec. 19 to Dec. 30 at the following Satellite City Hall locations: Ala Moana, Kapolei, Pearlridge or Windward City.

A valid photo ID is required. Firework sales begin Monday, Dec. 26.

Maui

The Maui Fire Department are accepting firecracker permits through the county’s online portal.

A limited number of permits will also be available at select firework sales locations:

  • Kahului
    • Phantom Fireworks, front parking lot of Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 West Kaahumanu Ave
    • Kings Cathedral, parking lot of Walmart, 101 Pakaula St
  • Lahaina
    • Kings Cathedral, parking lot of Safeway, 1221 HI-30 (Lahaina Cannery Mall)
  • Kihei
    • Kings Cathedral, parking lot of Safeway, 1221 HI-30 (Lahaina Cannery Mall)
  • Lanai
    • Pine Isle Market
  • Molokai
    • Take’s Variety store

Permit required firecrackers will be sold at the following retail locations:

  • CVS Longs Drugs: Wailuku, Kahului, Pukalani, Kihei, Lahaina
  • Foodland: Wailuku
  • Kings Cathedral, Walmart Parking Lot: Kahului
  • Kings Catheral, Safeway Parking Lot: Lahaina
  • Phantom Fireworks, Queen Kaahumanu Center: Kahului

Permits will be available until Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. and will be available for pick-up until 4 p.m. at the Fire Prevention Bureau located at 313 Manea Place, Wailuku.

Firework sales begin Monday, Dec. 26.

Kauai

Firework permit applications are available online. KFD is encouraging the public to apply before Dec. 26, when vendors begin selling fireworks.

  • Visit https://connect.kauai.gov, click “Kaua’i Fire Department,” then click the “Firecracker Permit” icon.
  • Create an account or log in to your existing account with username and password.
  • Follow instructions and fill in application details.
  • Have a photocopy of your ID saved on your device and upload it to the application.
  • Once your application is submitted, the Fire Department will review it for approval.
  • If approved, the permit will be emailed to you.
  • Print the permit and bring it to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Motor Vehicles Division to pay the $25 fee. To accommodate the public, the DMV will have a dedicated line for payments for fireworks permits only. This line will be marked with signage and is walk-in only. Appointments must be made at kauai.gov/DMV or via walk-ins during the hours of 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

If you don’t have a printer, KFD officials can print the permit at Fire Headquarters at 4444 Rice Street, STE 315. Once paid, the DMV will stamp the permit and validate it for use to purchase fireworks. Payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card.

Hawaii Island

Firework permits are available for purchase at the following locations

  • Parker Ranch Shopping Center Food Court, Kamuela, from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31.
  • KTA Puainako, 50 E. Puainako Street, Hilo
  • KTA Kona; Kona Coast Shopping Center, 74-5594 Palani Rd. Kailua Kona
  • Pacific Fireworks, 74-5629 Kuakini Hwy Suite 155 Kailua Kona
  • J. Hara Store, 17-343 Volcano Hwy Kurtistown, HI
  • BJ Alan Tent Kona, 74-5511 Luhia St. Kailua Kona
  • BJ Alan Tent Hilo, 325 E. Makaala St.
  • BJ Alan Tent Hilo, 111 E. Puainako St.
  • TNT Tent Hilo 381 E. Makaala St.
  • TNT Tent Kona 75-1015 Henry St. Kailua-Kona
  • Long’s Drug Puainako Hilo
  • Long’s Drug Keaau
  • Fire Administration Office located at the Hilo County Building, 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2501, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30.
  • Kona Fire Prevention Office, located at the West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Bldg E, second floor, by appointment only from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30. Call (808) 323-4760 to set up an appointment.

Hawaii County officials said each permit costs $25 and will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers. Multiple permit purchases are authorized. You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a permit.

Fireworks sales will begin on December 26 and end at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Officials remind the public that aerial fireworks, including flying lanterns, are illegal. Aerial displays can only be ignited by licensed pyro-technicians with proper permits.

Permits are not required for purchasing novelties and paperless firecrackers.

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