Weekly Waikiki fireworks to temporarily shift launch sites

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The state is taking a closer look at fireworks shows.

Those in the industry are wondering about the impact it could have on future shows in Hawaii.

KHON2 started asking questions after the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki told us it was temporarily relocating the launch site of its Friday night fireworks show.

The Hilton says the move was requested by the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

KHON2 found out officials had concerns about environmental impacts.

Every Friday at 7:45 p.m. fireworks in Waikiki can be seen for miles. Fireworks that are usually set up right near the water, but for the next three weeks that won’t be the case. The current fireworks display firing site takes place at Duke Kahanamoku beach but for the next three week it will be moved to the Duke Kahanamoku lagoon.

A member on the Board of Land and Natural resources expressed concerns about the debris from fireworks falling into the ocean, something fireworks expert Thomas Likos say hasn’t been a problem in the past. We put a minimal amount of debris into the ocean and it is biodegradable. It’s basically some paper and some paste there are no chemicals going into the ocean.”

So in addition to relocating the three Hilton fireworks shows, the fireworks Hawaii Explosives and Pyrotecnics inc, will have to document all debris from the shells, and then the company and hotel will have to present what it’s learned. But Thomas Likos, who’s done shows from the Duke Kahanamoku lagoon with his company fireworks by Grucci, says it isn’t ideal. “Generally when we have shot from the lagoon area for conventions that are in that corner of the Hilton you really can’t see it as well down the whole beach so it’s not as good of a location.”

Likos also worries that moving shows away from the ocean will hurt the fireworks business as a whole. “If the DLNR or the fire department discourage us from doing commercial shows, people in Hawaii love to come and watch fireworks, then we are going to see a continued increase in illegal fireworks on the islands.”

The DLNR has begun to require divers to take pictures of the ocean floor before and after a fireworks show that is held near the beach.

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