Fireworks Fundraisers Relying On Residents To Support Show

State Rep. Chris Lee and Kailua resident Rhea Yamashiro joined other supporters during a sign-waving campaign to pay for the 2011 fireworks show - which was the last time the event was held. Photo from Brook Gramann.

It’s March already, so do you know where your check is for the 2013 Kailua Fourth of July fireworks show?

A determined group of volunteers has launched a new fund drive to bring the pyrotechnics back to the beach this summer after a dark July 4 in 2012, and it is appealing to area residents with big or small wallets. The nonprofit Kailua Fireworks has a web presence and a number of founding sponsors already committed to the task.

“The disappointment in the community led to the formation of the new group,” explained spokeswoman Jody Sakaba, who doubles as marketing manager for Round Table Pizza. “Kailua Fireworks will have all of the permits in place and is in the process of raising money … it’s up to the community.”

The goal is $70,000 to cover signage, road blocks, off-duty police officers and the fireworks display itself. At press time last week the incoming cash totalled about $5,000, according to its website.

To donate to the cause, make checks out to Kailua Fireworks and send to 600 Kailua Road #119, Kailua, HI 96734. or visit