The County of Hawaii in collaboration with the State of Hawaii and private organizations are coordinating efforts for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration. The “2011 Hilo Bay Blast” will feature activities for families throughout the day at the Hilo Bayfront areas. Festivities will begin at 10am and will end with the traditional Lehua Jaycees Fireworks Exhibition Finale.
Mass Transit will provide free shuttle service to various activity sites from 10am to 10pm. Parking will be available in the Downtown parking area near the Mo’oheau Bus Terminal, at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium and at the Hawaii County Aupuni Center. The shuttle route will run from the Civic Auditorium, through Banyan Drive and on to Kamehameha Avenue to the Mo’oheau Bus Terminal and back along Kamehameha Avenue up to the Aupuni Center on Pauahi Street. Patrons should wait for the shuttle at the bus shelters along the route.
The Hilo Bay Cook-off competitors are set to fire up their grills at the Hilo Bayfront Commuter Parking lot adjacent to the Mo’oheau Ball Field. A multitude of flavors and aromas will tempt our taste buds with competitions in BBQ Beef, Chicken, Pork, Brisket and Chili.
Judges from Texas will award trophies to the winners in three places. Coordinator, Rick Fredricks of Hawaiian Arts encourages private business and individuals to get a team together and participate in this event that is on its way to becoming the first sanctioned BBQ Contest on the Island and in the State of Hawaii.
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