By the box full and basket full, shoppers at Don Quijote loaded up on firecrackers for the New Year.
"It was really easy. I knew I needed to get down here early and pretty much almost sold out for now," said Momi Gray of Honolulu.
That was good advice. Thursday was the first day of the firecracker sales and, by mid-morning, shoppers already cleared half the shelves at this store.
Oahu residents can expect more noise to greet 2014.
The City & County of Honolulu issued nearly 11,000 permits this year -- that's 2,000 more permits than last year and in 2011.
With each permit, shoppers can buy up to 5,000 firecrackers. To make sure she gets as much bang for her permit, shoppers like Zany Resquero, were calculating how many boxes they can buy to get the most for their permits.
"We are trying to get how many boxes for the three permits that we have since it shows 1,000 to 4,000," said Resquero of Kalihi.
Cam Tran asked, "How many firecrackers are you buying this year?"
Michael Naone answered, "Probably about $100-something worth for the permits."
Tran asked, "Are you going to max it out?" Naone answered, "Yeah."
Those residents who secured permits have until midnight on Dec. 31 to buy firecrackers.
If you don't have a firecracker permit, it's too late. The last day to buy the permits was Dec. 20.
If you can't buy firecrackers, you can always watch the public fireworks display in your area.