Tens of thousands watch fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park, Maunalua Bay

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It’s recognized as one of the best fireworks show in the country and attracts tens of thousands to Ala Moana Beach Park.

People wait hours and hours for the show. They even camp out at the beach to save their spot. They say it was well worth it.

Canopies and spectators filled Ala Moana Beach Park, waiting for the 15-minute show to begin. When it finally did, all eyes were focused on the spectacular shapes and array of color, splashed across the evening sky.

For those who waited all day with loved ones, it was time well spent.

“It was really nice. Beautiful. It was the first time I ever came,” one spectator said.

“Oh it was awesome, and I was impressed at how big the explosions were. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them cover that much space in the sky like that. That’s pretty awesome,” spectator James Andrews said.

As many as 50,000 people were expected to watch the show, which is in its 22nd year. Some followed tradition and watched from the parking deck across the street at Ala Moana Center. Spectators enjoyed the entertainment before the show.

“It’s always a safe place, so we do love coming here through our kids growing up. We’ve got four now, and we try to make it every year. It’s always something we enjoy,” spectator Angela Molden said.

Since construction of the new Ewa Wing expansion starts on Friday, officials at the shopping center do not know where they’ll host this next year.

“When we do it, it’ll be somewhere around here. We might have to shift and play hopscotch a little bit but we don’t have any intention of cancelling such a great community event with the fireworks and everything,” General Growth Properties Associate Marketing Manager Robyn Gee said.

The fireworks show at Ala Moana Beach Park wasn’t the only one in town.

There were lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” in Hawaii Kai as people enjoyed the show over Maunalua Bay. The show was in jeopardy because organizers needed $45,000 to put on the annual show. Thanks to donors, the money was raised just in the nick of time.

“Yah it was worth it, it was good fun. It was fun,” one spectator said.

“I love it, I’d do it again. Definitely,” spectator Garrett Kam said.

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