As usual, there will be no public fireworks display on Molokai tonight for New Year’s Eve. However, expect many private displays.
A private fireworks display held in Kaunakakai during 2010 New Year’s celebration was recently posted by the San Francisco Chronicle. The video is a good example of what will probably be seen later tonight.
Molokai has enough firecrackers on hand for 26 permits. The $25 permits are good for the purchase of up to 5,000 firecrackers. Use is limited between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight. Novelty fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, fountains and cylindrical or cone fountains which emit effects not higher than 12 feet off the ground are legal in Maui County and do not require permits.
For public displays on Maui, Mulligan’s on the Blue at the Grand Wailea Resort is advertising its concert by Willie K. and special guests as the “only fireworks this year.” Mick Fleetwood, Rick Vito and local bandmates also perform New Year’s Eve in a fund-raiser for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and the Maui Food Bank at Māla Wailea. Hana is planning a fireworks diswplay at Fagan’s Cross.
Lanai’s fireworks display takes place at midnight over Hulopo’e Beach.
If an object should become tangled in an overhead power line, don’t try to free it. Call the MECO trouble line at 1-877-871-8461 on Molokai.