More than 100,000 people will once again ring in the New Year while enjoying an aerial fireworks show coordinated by the Waikiki Improvement Association and sponsored by its members.
From a barge about 1,800 feet off Waikiki Beach, an announcement salute will be fired five minutes before midnight. This is the signal for everyone to direct their attention toward the ocean.
It’s also a chance to tune your radio to Hawaiian 105 KINE FM if you’d like to enjoy music choreographed to accompany and enhance your viewing experience.
At exactly midnight a barrage of colorful salutes will signal the start of the New Year, accompanied by Mariah Carey’s version of Auld Lang Syne. The 10-to-12-minute fireworks show will be accompanied by music choreographed by Fireworks by Grucci, including such local favorites as Bruno Mars, Kalapana, and Bruddah Iz.
The fireworks begins with a flurry of color and thunder, filling the sky to a height of three hundred feet.
Simultaneously, a second level of specialty shells will be launched to create special effects rising above the barrage of color and thunder. On top of it all, large bursting chrysanthemums will cover the entire sky up to twelve hundred feet, creating a kaleidoscope of color and beat.
The body of the program will exhibit the finest assortment of domestic and international fireworks. As the segments unfold, each brings an array of different effects displayed in a glorious style of multiple firings.
All of these brilliant colors and special effects are used to reflect the mood and theme of the show.
The main act concludes with a display of beautiful and powerful scenes featuring the Grucci Gold Multi-Comet. Numerous shells are fired simultaneously, splitting and blazing as an arch across the night sky, leaving behind a sparking trail that creates a Golden Milky Way effect.
From start to finish, the Grand Finale provides a continuous lift and bombardment of light and sound, which is always rhythmically robust. Launched into the sky are the red, white and blue star shells to begin the color saturation; then peonies and chrysanthemums shells burst open one level higher; thousands of flashing sateen shells are then shot up to set stage for the peak.
The heavy barrage of sound begins with our main trumpeters that quicken the tempo and rattle the sky at a stunning pace. All this is capped with a starry umbrella of Golden Kamuro shells drifting gently to the sea.
"More than 100,000 kama'aina and visitors will view this extravaganza, which will be visible all along Waikiki Beach," said Rick Egged, Waikiki Improvement Association president. "It will be a show worthy of our world-class destination, and also symbolizes Waik?k? Improvement Association members practicing the spirit of lokahi -- or unity -- as they have all come together to make this event possible."
The event would not be possible without the support of the following Waikiki businesses that sponsored this event:
Sheraton Hotels, Waikiki
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
Aston Hotels and Resorts
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort
International Market Place
Hale Koa Hotel
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki & Golf Club
Royal Hawaiian Center
Pacific Beach Hotel
Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Securitas Security Services, USA
Trump International Hotel
Waik?k? Shopping Plaza
Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel
Bank of Hawaii
First Hawaiian Bank
Central Pacific Bank
The Modern Honolulu
New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
Tiki’s Grill & Bar