Air show times depend on the weather
Do you know the actual time the Blue Angels will be performing on Saturday and Sunday? When it was reported in the paper, it said 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Answer: The exact times when the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron will perform at Kaneohe Bay can't be pinpointed, according to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which is hosting the Blues on the Bay air shows.
That's because the performances are "weather dependent and show driven," a Marine Corps spokesman said. Although the Blue Angels do tend to perform last, "they could be bumped up earlier," he cautioned.
The air show schedule, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days (see www.bluesonthebay.org), lists aerobatic performances by Red Bull Aviation Helicopter and Albatross; demonstrations by various military aircraft and local military squadrons; and sky-diving demonstrations by the U.S. Army Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs in addition to the famed Blue Angels.
A car show, carnival and airplane rides, as well as food and drink, will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the Marine base, as well as parking, will be free to the general public, although special seating can be purchased (go to www.ticketmaster.com/promo/vso8hq).
Q: Can anyone shoot arrows at the Kapiolani Park Archery Range? Are there set hours for the range?
A: Anyone is allowed to shoot arrows at Kapiolani Archery Range, as well as the city's ranges at Central Oahu Regional Park and Koko Head.
No permit is required, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and no animals are allowed.
The Kapiolani range is open daily between dawn and dusk. No staff is stationed at the range, but Kapiolani Park attendants monitor the area throughout the day, said Dana Takahara-Dias, deputy director, city Department of Parks and Recreation.
Archers are told they will be held liable for any injury caused to another person.
Takahara-Dias noted there are many rules posted at the range that archers must follow regarding what kind of arrows may be used (only target or field point arrows allowed; firearms and crossbows are prohibited) and the protocol for shooting.
For example, archers may shoot at the target in their shooting lanes only; no more than three archers are allowed to shoot at one target; they must shoot from the same shooting line.
If archers want to shoot at different shooting line distances, they must alternate shooting lines, allowing 30 minutes at each shooting line. When more than one archer is shooting, each archer is limited to six arrows at a time.
When an arrow is strung on a bow, it must be pointed toward the ground of the target, and if anyone is in front of the shooting line, everyone is required to stop shooting.
Archers must retrieve arrows at the same time, and, when other archers are present, searching for arrows is limited to five minutes.
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