Organizers are guaranteeing that the popular Kailua 4th of July fireworks and twilight air show will be back again this year.
Before its cancellation in 2012, the show was held annually since 1948. In 2000, aerobatic performances at twilight by two local pilots were added to the show.
Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, pilots Clint Churchill and Hank Bruckner will do their aerobatic show. The Marine Corps Marching Band will perform at Kailua Beach Park between 6:30-7:30 p.m., and at 8, the fireworks show will start, fired off a barge in the center of Kailua Bay.
In 2013, a group of eight Kailua residents established a corporation, secured IRS 501(c)4 status, and organized a grass-roots fundraising effort, raising more than $60,000 to fund the display. The foundation works for the continuation of both the fireworks and air show exhibitions each and every year with the goal of sustainability and the gradual build-up of a reserve to ensure that the fireworks and twilight air show continue for years to come.
Free round-trip shuttle service will be available between 4:30-10 p.m. from the parking area behind Macy’s Kailua (near the parking garage) to Kailua Beach Center, as well as from Kailua Elementary School on Kuulei Rd.
The parking structure and Macy’s parking lot will be open all day.
School parking lots that will be available to the public will be Lanikai Elementary (noon-10 p.m.), Kailua Intermediate and Kainalu Elementary (1-10 p.m.) and Kailua Elementary (4-10 p.m.)
For more details, including a full list of the participating food vendors, available parking areas and shuttle times visit the event website at www.kailuafireworks.com.