Nagaoka Fireworks at Pearl Harbor highlight ’70 Years of Peace’

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The city of Nagaoka, Japan, brought its famous fireworks to Pearl Harbor on Aug. 15 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific. Nagaoka and sister city, Honolulu, along with the U. S. Navy in Hawaii, will jointly host the historic “70 Years of Peace” commemorative event on historic Ford Island at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The public was invited to the festivities with food vendors, cultural and educational displays, and entertainment on stage, followed by a commemorative program, and the fireworks display. The special Nagaoka fireworks honored the memory of war victims and celebrate 70 years of continuing peace and friendship.

Entertainment on stage featured multiple Hoku award-winning musician, Mark Yamanaka, U. S. Navy’s talented Pacific Fleet Band, Aloha Hula Club from Japan, and a taiko drum performance by Ryukyukoki Matsuri Daiko. The official commemorative program began at 7 p.m. with guest speakers, a youth peace summit declaration, choir performances by Nagaoka Boys and Girl’s Choir and HEARTS Hawaii Choir, and a special live performance of the hit song, “Jupiter” by Japanese singer, Ayaka Hirahara.

At 8 p.m., the skies above Pearl Harbor and surrounding areas lit up with a spectacular display of Nagaoka’s special fireworks to honor war victims with prayers for world peace and hopes of a bright and peaceful future for future generations. Music for the fireworks was simulcast live on radio station Hawaiian 105.1 KINE-FM.

Traffic delays were expected due to the limited lanes on the Ford Island Bridge so plan for an early arrival.

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