Organizers for the sixth annual Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Festival say there will be no fireworks this year.
The Maunalua Communities Foundation says it has not received enough sponsor funding to afford the pyrotechnic display, which represents 60 percent of the budget.
“We have explored all the alternatives to shooting the fireworks from a barge in the bay (most expensive option),” 2013 event chair Dianne Glei said. “However, we could not find a suitable land site and even when the fireworks company worked to provide us with a reduced-cost option, it was still too expensive based on our funding projections.”
Should an angel donor come forward by June 1, the MCF says they will have the option to add the fireworks back in.
This year’s event will have top-name entertainment including Maunalua, Hawaiian cultural activities, a keiki bike parade, art projects, near-water activities, the traditional watermelon-eating contest, a barbecue, and more.
For more information on the community event, visit www.idmbf.org.