Three Big Island Beaches Closing Early for 4th of July

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks reminds park users that the use of fireworks and alcohol is prohibited in all state parks, at all times.

Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay

In addition, State Parks division will conduct early closures of three West Hawaii parks on the Fourth of July holiday. (All other parks will close at normal times posted on the Hawaii State Parks website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/ )

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (including the Waialea Bay section), Kekaha Kai State Park (including the Maniniowali Beach / Kua Bay and Mahaiula Beach sections) and Kiholo State Park Reserve will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2016.

“We are closing these facilities early to discourage use of fireworks, which is prohibited in state parks, and to protect the public and natural resources of the areas,” said DLNR Chairperson Suzanne Case.

Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, as follows:

  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Kekaha Kai State Park – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kiholo State Park reserve – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As a reminder, tents are not permitted at Wailoa River State Park in Hilo.

DLNR Enforcement officers will be checking parks to ensure compliance.

DLNR Closing Three Parks Early on Fourth of July

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks will conduct early closures of three parks on the Fourth of July holiday.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach State Park

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (including the Waialea Bay section), Kekaha Kai State Park (including the Maniniowali Beach / Kua Bay and Mahaiula Beach sections) and Kiholo State Park reserve will close at 5 p.m. July 4, 2014.

“We are closing these facilities early to discourage use of fireworks, which is prohibited in state parks, and to protect the public and natural resources of the areas,”said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr.

Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay

Normal park hours will resume on Saturday, July 5, 2014, as follows:

  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area –7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Kekaha Kai State Park –9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kiholo State Park reserve –7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As a reminder, tents may not be set up at Wailoa River State Park in Hilo without a permit.

Fireworks Crown Queens’ Marketplace’s ‘Family Fourth’

Queens’ MarketPlace is where the Big Island wants to be on the 4th of July, when folks of all ages come out to play, shop, enjoy good food and great music all afternoon and evening—capped off with spectacular fireworks over Waikoloa Bowl. 

Queens Shop in Waikoloa

In the Coronation Pavilion five of the island’s favorite bands take the stage starting at 12:30pm (see below).  Free cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, balloon sculpting and other festivities offer non-stop fun from 1-5 p.m. For the keiki and the young at heart, there are carnival games (25 cents) and Zoo Choo train rides ($2), with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii.

When the sun starts to set, Waikoloa Bowl starts rocking with the exciting sounds of Vizion 20/20 and Bump City, leading into the fireworks extravaganza at 8 p.m.  After the fireworks, kick back and relax with “Full Circle” at the Coronation Pavilion.

Admission is free, and families are invited to come early, beat the crowd, enjoy the day and cap off the “Family Fourth” with a bang.  Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  Waikoloa Beach Resort would like to thank the Hawaii County Fire Department for co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822. 

July 4 Schedule of Events at Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl:

  • 12:30-1:45 p.m.  Music by Salsa Latinos at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 1-5 p.m.  Zoo Choo train rides, balloon sculpting, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, and cotton candy.    (Carnival games are 25 cents, and Zoo Choo rides are $2, all benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii.)
  • 2-2:45 p.m.  Music by Vizion 20/20 at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 3-3:45 p.m.  Music by Life in Pursuit at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 4-4:45 p.m.  Music by I’land Boiz at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 5 p.m.  Gates open to Waikoloa Bowl
  • 5-5:45 p.m.  Music by Bobby G and the Generous Theives at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 5:15-8 p.m.  Music by Vizion 20/20 and Bump City in Waikoloa Bowl
  • 8:00 p.m.  FIREWORKS SHOW
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m. Music by Terry Secor and Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822. 

 

Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Schedule

Media Release:

The West Hawai‘i community is invited to enjoy both a parade and fireworks this Monday, July 4. The Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The parade begins at the Kona Pool next to Kekuaokalani Gym on Kuakini Highway near Old Airport. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, past West Hawaii Today, to Palani Road, to Ali‘I Drive, and then south on Ali‘i to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. There will be about 69 festive entries. The community is invited to come dressed in their festive Independence Day outfits.

The theme this year is Celebrate Freedom. There will be multiple color guards to celebrate the birthday of our country. Several military organizations will be represented, including Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai‘i National Guard, Big Island Military Vehicle Group, and Camp Tarawa Detachment #1255. The entries will feature music, skateboarders, roller derby skaters, dogs, and lots of festive holiday creativity.

The Grand Marshal will be five members of our Hawai‘i County Police and Fire Departments who have served our country in the military. They include Fire Fighter Recruit Dominic Marzi, Fire Fighter Paul Kekela Jr.,and Volunteer Fire Equipment Operator Clinton Haina. From Hawai‘i Police Department, the Grand Marshals will be Officers Kupono Mata and Thomas Koyanagi.

Announcing stations for the parade will be at West Hawaii Today, Remixx Lounge at King Kamehameha Mall, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Tantes Restaurant, Boston Basils, Pancho & Leftys Cantina,Kimos/Uncle Billy’s, Waterfront Row, Island Lava Java, and Humpys at Coconut Grove.

Before the parade, there will be magic courtesy of The Great Arneleo at Kimos/Uncle Billy’s and music at Waterfront Row. The announcers at Pancho & Leftys will have an Independence Day Trivia contest (no prizes, just fun), and at Humpys, the two parade announcers dressed as Uncle Sam will provide frolic, fun, and trivia.

Many generous sponsors including the County of Hawai‘i, have contributed to provide a community fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.. The gala fireworks display will be from a barge in Kailua Bay, with pyrotechnics provided from a barge in the bay by fireworks production company Hawaii Explosives & Pyrotechnics, Inc. LAVA 105.3 fm radio will broadcast patriotic music before and during the display.

There are more than 50 generous community sponsors that have made the fireworks and parade possible. In addition to the two major sponsors, Hawai‘i County and Kona Commons, other significant donations have come from Queen Liliuokalani Trust, Coconut Grove Marketplace, Holualoa Management Corporation, Lanihau Properties, Inc., Royal Kona Resort, Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation, Royal Hawaiian Movers, and Fish Hopper.

4th of July Road Closures, Parking and Facilities

4th of July Road ClosuresShuttle Route

Designated parking areas, free shuttle services and road closures are being provided for the safety and convenience of the public (see map).

Just remember:

  • Bayfront Highway will be closed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July for the safety of fireworks viewers in the area (see map above);
  • Shuttle bus service will be available from parking lots at various locations (see map below); and
  • Tents, canopies, alcohol and personal fireworks are strictly prohibited.

GOOD VIEWING SITES

  • Along the Bayfront Highway and beach area. Three pedestrian gates are located along the fence along the Bayfront Highway and will be marked with orange flags.
  • The soccer fields along Kamehameha Avenue.
  • Liliuokalani Park

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Lihiwai Street from Banyan Drive near Coconut Island to Old Isles parking lot, 2 a.m. on July 4 to 10 a.m. on July 5.
  • Bayfront Highway from Waianuenue Avenue to Wailoa Bridge, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. (No parking allowed all day to allow for a better fireworks viewing area and ensure the safety of viewers and pedestrians by eliminating traffic.)
  • Pauahi Street from Kamehameha Ave. to Bayfront Highway, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.
  • Access will be restricted to Bishop Street and Piopio Street on July 4, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PARKING

  • Aupuni Center parking lots on Pauahi Street.
  • Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium parking lots.
  • Soccer field on the downtown (Hamakua) side of Kumu Street.
  • Designated disabled parking available in all parking areas, and an area exclusively for disabled parking at the Liliuokalani Park Tea House parking lot.

For those parking at the State Building, and on nearby mauka streets, please access the viewing area through the crosswalk at Pauahi Street.

While Kamehameha Avenue will be open there will be no parking along Kamehameha Avenue or the adjacent open fields.

Additional parking will be available on the Hāmākua side of Kumu Street, where people can then cross Kamehameha Avenue and access Bayfront through gates in the fence.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Free round trip shuttles provided by Mass Transit yellow buses will be available to carry people and their picnic gear between designated parking areas and viewing sites from 10a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4th (see map below). Shuttles are equipped with lifts to accommodate persons with disabilities.

WHY NO TENTS OR CANOPIES?

  • To prevent accidents and injuries due to fire.
  • To improve fireworks viewing.
  • To allow emergency responders to reach people needing assistance.
  • To comply with state parks rules and regulations.

RESTROOM FACILITIES

Along with permanent facilities, portable toilets will be located throughout the areas.

KEEP HILO TOWN CLEAN AND GREEN

In past years, people viewing the fireworks have left behind more than 11 tons of litter that was picked up by volunteers, so please kokua:

  • HI5 Recycle Bins will be distributed throughout the area by Department of Environmental Management and serviced by Hilo AYSO. Please recycle all your cans, glass and plastic bottles.
  • Trash bags will be distributed by Parks and Recreation personnel on July 4th.
  • Dumpsters will be located throughout the areas. Please use them.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Traffic Closures and Parking: Lt. Jason Cortez, 961-2350

County Park Activities: Roxcie Waltjen, 961-8706

Shuttle Service: Betty Alcover, 961-8343

Fireworks Rules: Fire Inspector Gantry Andrade, 981-8369

State Parks: 974-6200