July 1, 2010 – Hawaii County
Video by David Corrigan / Voice of Tim Bryan
This week, and just a few days before the 4th of July celebration in Hawaii, Governor Linda Lingle signed Bill 1059, allowing Hawaii’s four counties to make their own fireworks laws.
The Hawaii County Council supported the bill in March with a resolution, but it does not appear to have any immediate plans to introduce an ordinance to restrict fireworks on the Big Island.
Meanwhile, the administration urged the public to exercise safety when using fireworks on the 4th of July, one of only three days where the use of certain fireworks is legal in Hawaii. (the other two being New Years Eve and Chinese New Year)
The county says the public will need to purchase a permit – which costs $25.00 – in order to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers. Permits will be issued to a person 18 years of age or older and are non‑transferable, and non-refundable.
The county says setting off fireworks is allowable only between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on July 4th. Permits, if purchased, should be visibly displayed at the site of use on the day at the time of the firing.
The county is promoting three professional displays on the evening of the 4th:
Coconut Island in Hilo at 8:00 p.m.
Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona at 8:30 p.m.
Queens’ Marketplace in Waikoloa at 8 p.m.