Fireworks show lights up Waikiki for another Honolulu Festival grand finale

An impressive display of fireworks shot into the sky Sunday evening marking the end to yet another annual Honolulu Festival.

The grand finale was the world-famous Nagaoka Fireworks show, which was launched from three barges off Waikiki Beach and were timed to Japanese and American music. Narration was also offered through a new smart phone app by the company Grucci.

Organizers say they have been working on the show for 11 months in collaboration with pyrotechnicians from the U.S. and Japan.

Although this is the 22nd Honolulu Festival, it is only the fifth year for the fireworks show. It is brought to Hawaii from Nagaoka City, Japan, the sister city of Honolulu.

Since August 1, 1946, the Nagaoka Fireworks have brightened the skies in Nagaoka, Japan annually. Originally the fireworks symbolized Japan’s hope for recovery after World War II. Today, the beautiful display is intended to express a desire for world peace.

The fireworks show was preceded by the Honolulu Festival Grand Parade through Waikiki Sunday afternoon.

The parade featured entertainers from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Tahiti, the Philippines, Italy and Hawaii.

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