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Thursday, June 29, 2000

Fourth of July



Setting off a frenzy of fireworks will likely be a blast from the past after this Fourth of July.

A new state law that takes effect two days later will require a license that cost $25, cap the number of poppers a permit holder can buy to 5,000 and fine violators $2,000.

So future celebrations of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence -- the foundation of our free society -- will be limited. But don't let that get you down. It is, after all, a day off from work.

Those who favor colorful over loud can catch the fireworks displays off Magic Island, Lanikai or at Schofield Barracks.

The Magic Island show, put on by Ala Moana Center, will begin about 8:30 p.m. Schofield's will shoot off at 8:15 p.m. and Lanikai's at 8 p.m. over Flat Island. Parking and traffic will be difficult, but that's the part of the price of freedom. (See parking suggestions and display details in following list.)

Earlier in the day, the Kailua Chamber of Commerce will stage its annual parade along Kainalu Drive, beginning at 10 a.m. at Omao Street to Kailua Intermediate School.

And the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center will host special interpretive boat tours around Ford Island on the 4th.

A National Park Service ranger will present oral histories of Pearl Harbor on the limited-seating boat tours. These special tours, giving passengers the chance to see many historic sites of significance in the Pearl Harbor attack, will each last about one hour.

Tour boats will pass by the USS Missouri and take time to honor the sunken USS Utah on the northwest side of Ford Island. It's known that 57 Utah crewmen died in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack. Another 54 are missing and presumed trapped inside.

These 9:30 and 11 a.m. tours are free. For reservations, call Ranger Chris Chang at 422-2771, ext. 110, by 3 p.m. tomorrow. Leave your name, local telephone number, the time you wish to take the tour and the number of people in your party.

Each boat is limited to 150 people and will leave from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center boat dock. Guests are advised to arrive no later than 30 minutes before departure time.


"Hawaii, Bridging the East and West"

Ala Moana, 955-9517
4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Concert and festivities include strolling musicians, choirs, balloons and performances by Frank Delima, Rolando Sanchez, Makaha Sons, The Society of Seven and more. Suggested parking: Access center by Piikoi ramp, enter the new 3-level covered parking structure mauka of Sears; or on Coral level, accessible by Atkinson Drive. Fireworks, 8:30-8:50 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration

Aloha Tower Marketplace, 566-2337
5-10 p.m. Monday. Strolling entertainment, clowns, jugglers, face painters, local bands and hyper games for adults. Flat rate parking available after 4:30 p.m.: Irwin Park, Harbor Court, Harbor Square, and Piers 5 and 6, $2; Grosvenor Center and Marketplace valet, $3; and Amfac, $4. Fireworks, 8:40-9 p.m.

Kailua Parade and Fireworks

Chamber of Commerce, 261-2727
Parade, 10 a.m. Monday on Kainalu Drive from Omao Street to Kailua Intermediate School. The following streets will be closed from 9-9:45 a.m.: Uilama, Pukoa, Omao and Ainoni Streets; Kaha Street between Kainalu Drive and Kaiholu Street; and Kalama Street between Kainalu Drive and Maluniu Street; and all of Kainalu Drive. An air show off Kailua Bay begins at 6:30 p.m. The streets in and near Lanikai will have no parking zones after 5 p.m. Fireworks, 8 p.m.

JN Chevrolet July 4th Block Party

Pearl Harbor Naval Station, 473-0819
2-10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Live music with The Lovenotes, Dita Holifield, Dick Jensen, Hula Joe and the Hutjumpers, pro-wrestling, carnival rides and games, auto displays, a lion dance and more. Free parking available at Merry Point, Bloch Arena, The Banyans and Club Pearl. Fireworks, 8:30-8:45 p.m.

Army's 4th of July Extravaganza

Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, 438-1980
8 a.m.-8:45 p.m. Tuesday. Keiki run, food, game and craft booths, pony rides and a flag retreat. Live entertainment by The Krush, Local Divas, Carole Kai, Loyal Garner, Nohelani Cypriano and Melveen Leed. Free and ample parking. Fireworks, 8:15-8:45 p.m.

Special Events

"An American Salute" Concert

Kawaiahao Church, 532-1258
4 p.m. Sunday. Free musical extravaganza featuring the Kawaiahao Church Choir, Hawaii Opera Theater Chorus and the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Boogie Woogie Swing Dance Party

USS Battleship Missouri, 526-4400
5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Food, music by Sgt. Willie Barton and the Company B Boogie Woogie Band and more. Tickets are available at all Ticket Plus Outlets, Blaisdell Box Office, Tower Records and Video, Bloch Arena and all Oahu Sizzler Restaurants, $25. For every ticket sold, $5 is donated to the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Dita Holifield

Ala Moana Hotel, Ginger Terrace, 955-4811
6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, free performance. An ala carte dinner featuring all-American favorites will be available for purchase.

"Let us not forget"

Iolani School, 949-5355
9:45 a.m. Monday. Independence Day Parade beginning on Convention Drive. Event concludes with a program featuring homemade flags and decorations, patriotic songs, and a speech by Col. Bert Nishimura, a veteran of the 442nd Combat team who served in WWII.

"Steel Beach" Barbeque

USS Battleship Missouri, 536-7177
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $14; $10 kamaaina and military; $5-$10 children. An all-American barbeque featuring grilled chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans an apple pie will be available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at an additional cost.

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