Kailua celebrates Fourth of July

Kailua celebrates Fourth of July

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The annual Kailua Fireworks and Airshow will take place in Kailua Bay on July 4! 

The acrobatic "Twilight Air Show" performance by Clint Churchill and Hank Bruckner begins at 6 pm. 

The aerial fireworks barge show fires at 8 pm. The "fire" cue will be called by Carsie Green Jr. of Cinnamon's Restaurant, the official 2015 "Fire Starter." This coveted position was auctioned at last year's 1st annual Red White and You! Fundraiser. Fireworks can be viewed anywhere along the shore of Kailua Beach from the Kailua Boat Ramp to Castle Point.

Parking and shuttle service is available to the public. Complimentary shuttle service is sponsored by A&B Properties Kailua and will run from 3:30 pm to 10:30 pm with three stops at Macy's Kailua parking lot, Kailua Elementary and Kailua Beach Center. Public parking is not allowed in Lanikai.

Additional free parking is available at the following locations: Kailua Elementary from 8 am to 11 pm (shuttle stop), Kainalu Elementary from 1 pm to 11 pm, Kailua Intermediate from 1 pm to 11 pm, and Lanikai Elementary from 8 am to 11 pm.

Since 1948, Kailua Beach has been the center of a spectacular fireworks display each 4th of July evening.  In 2000, a "twilight air show" was added, featuring aerobatic performances by two local pilots. In 2012, the fireworks display was cancelled due to a lack of financial support. It was a wake-up call for the community, as many people were disappointed in the break in tradition. In late 2012, Kailua Fireworks, a non-profit corporation was formed by concerned residents and took on the task of resurrecting the show, which has been successful with donations from sponsors and the community. The 2015 sponsors include A&B Properties Kailua, iHeartRadio, The King Family, D.R. Horton, Hardware Hawaii, Kalapawai Market, Ameron, Bank of Hawaii, Carvill Sotheby's International Realty, Cinnamon's Restaurant, Macy's Kailua and Windward Ford. 

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services notified all O'ahu motorists and residents of Lanikai that this coming Fourth of July weekend, no parking of motor vehicles will be permitted on the unimproved sidewalk on the right side of the road along the Lanikai loop, in order to ensure access to Lanikai for emergency vehicles, residents, and visitors.  

The Lanikai loop includes Aalapapa Drive and Mokulua Drive, where a bike lane runs along the right side of both streets.  Parking is always prohibited in the bike lane, with a potential fine of $200.  Motorists should also not drive on the bike lane, stop and/or unload people or equipment on the bike lane.  Bike lanes are reserved for bicyclists.  This holiday weekend, barriers will be placed adjacent to the bike lane on the Lanikai loop notifying motorists that no parking is permitted on the right side of Aalapapa and Mokulua Drives over the Fourth of July weekend.  (Map attached)

"The city continues to physically restrict parking in Lanikai on three day weekends as it has proven effective in reducing safety concerns associated with severe traffic congestion," said Director of Transportation Services Mike Formby.  Meanwhile, the city continues to work on permanent improvements that will enforce existing parking restrictions on the bike lane side of the Lanikai loop seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

"This weekend's parking restrictions in Lanikai will help ensure that our residents have safe access to and from their homes, as has been the case during previous 3-day weekends that these parking restrictions have been in place," said Councilmember Ikaika Anderson.  "Mahalo to DTS Director Michael Formby for continuing to work with me and our community on congestion issues facing our district."

Motorists who park on the right side of the Lanikai loop over the Fourth of July weekend (July 3, 2015 through July 5, 2015), impede emergency response, or park, drive, stop or unload on the bike lane will be subject to citation and/or tow by the Honolulu Police Department.

Parking was similarly restricted in Lanikai over Memorial Day and President's Day weekend.  

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