Sunday, July 4, 2004

Ricky Oshima

True Colors


The colors of the flag caught the eye of amateur photographer Ricky Oshima, who captured these images throughout the streets of Oahu. Oshima, executive sous chef at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, uses his photography as a hobby to help him relax.


A Waimanalo mailbox and the fence in the background proudly wear the red, white and blue.


A slightly tattered flag flies from a boat docked in Kaneohe.


A flag is reflected in the windows of a downtown office building.


A huge flag flies proudly outside a Chinatown store.

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Today's Events On Oahu

Kailua fireworks: The show begins over the water at Kailua Beach at 8 p.m. Call 261-2727.
Waialua Bandstand in the Park: Patriotic concert at the new bandstand will feature the Hawaii National Guard band, 5 to 6 p.m. Picnicking on the tree-shaded lawn, reminiscent of old-time Fourth of July celebrations in the park, is welcome. The bandstand is across from Waialua Public Library on Goodale Avenue at Kealohanui Street.
Fourth of July at Ala Moana: A pre-fireworks show begins at Ala Moana Center on the parking deck makai (oceanside) of Sears, with entertainment and live radio remotes. The fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., 20 minutes of pyrotechnics exploding over Ala Moana Beach.
The Ala Moana Hotel hosts an Independence Day barbecue, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Ginger Terrace. After dinner, enjoy the fireworks. Meals run $11.50 to $15.50. Call 955-4811.
Ryan's Grill at Ward Centre will also be hosting a rooftop fireworks viewing party from 5 to 10 p.m. Call 591-9132 for details.
Other fireworks: Turtle Bay Resort, 8 p.m.
McKenna Motors Bayfest 2004: Band concerts, carnival rides, games at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Admission is $5 before 5 p.m., $8 in the evening. Call 254-7563.
Fourth of July Spectacular: Schofield Barracks will be open to the public, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with games, entertainment and fireworks at 8 p.m.
Other military fireworks: Pearl Harbor, 9 p.m.; Hickam Air Force Base, 9 p.m.

Neighbor Island Events

Celebrating America's Independence: Whalers Village hosts family activities, noon to 4 p.m. There will be inflatables, face painting, carnival games, arts and crafts, and a coloring contest with prizes. An Uncle Sam stilt-walker and strolling magician will entertain with juggling and balloon animals. Maui Cruisers' Classic Car Show of 1916 to 1960 vintage autos will be parked along Kaanapali Parkway. There will also be shows of magic, yo-yo artistry, Thailand's Mahidol University College of Music String Quartet and Saxophone Quartet, and New York's Nassau-Suffolk Wind Symphony Orchestra. Call 808-661-3271.
July 4th Jamboree: Poolside at Sheraton Maui throughout the day. Entertainment highlights include Hawaiian music and magic performances, balloon art and face painting. Call 808-662-8053.
Taste of Marriott: From noon to 4 p.m., Maui Marriott Resort & Ocean Club offers plenty of edibles for purchase, such as mango barbecue ribs, shrimp kebabs or all-American favorites such as cheeseburgers, hot dogs, apple pie sundaes and root beer floats. Keiki and family activities, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., include water-balloon toss, sack race, pie-eating contest and horseshoe and croquet tournaments. Call 808-667-8356 to purchase scrip.
Lahaina Town fireworks: The show, visible from anywhere in town, fires off from a barge off the 800 block of Front Street at 8 p.m. Front Street will be closed to vehicles from 5 to 9 p.m. between Baker and Dickenson streets; parking on Front Street will be prohibited from 4:30 to 9 p.m. For traffic updates, call 808-667-9175.

Turtle Independence Day: Celebrate release of baby honu raised in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Resort. The celebration includes some very human symbols of American freedom: flags, hot dogs, music, a parade, balloon animals and face painting. Honu release begins at 8:30 a.m., with sendoff at 9:30 a.m. Call 808-885-6622. (Read more about it in today's Travel section.)

Concert in the Sky: Kauai Hospice hosts a day of food, entertainment, a silent auction and a 20-minute fireworks show, running 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium, 3170 Hoolako St. in Lihue. Tickets are $10 at gate. Children 5 and under admitted free. Call 808-246-2440.

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