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May 16, 2013

Think About It: Sky Lights

In case you needed just one more sign about the changing and fragile world in which we live today, look no further than what's happened to our local 4th of July events. Bad enough that the military cuts are costing us the annual Bayfest event at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which always made for a fun summertime concert series, but now Maunalua Community Foundation has announced that the Maunalua Bay Festival will eliminate its fireworks display on the 4th of July, as it simply can't afford the rockets' red glare and the bombs bursting in air.

As Kailua residents sadly learned in 2012, 4th of July fireworks are no longer a guarantee, as tough economic times and business cutbacks have necessitated belt-tightening and fireworks elimination. The Kailua 4th of July Fireworks 2013 campaign is valiantly trying to revive the windward side festivities through donations from residents and other interested parties, and even has a commemorative tee shirt available for a $20 donation at a few Kailua retail outlets. You can go on-line to the organization's website at www.kailuafireworks.com  to make a contribution to help bring the bang back to the Kailua skies on July 4th.

It's mid-May, and the fuse is not yet officially doused for Kailua and Maunalua Bay fireworks events, and with some community and business help, one or both of these grand illuminations can still be revived in the next few weeks. Holding a birthday party without a cake being served is somewhat sacrilegious, and while the annual parades and festivals are wonderful, it would be a cake-like highlight to once again end this U.S. birthday celebration with fireworks. But that's not going to happen without a real push in the next few weeks. Tell your neighbors and friends that they can be a big help to make it happen this year. Help light up the skies. Think about it…

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