Celebrate Friday with fireworks in Hawaii

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Of all the attractions available in Waikiki, one of the most popular is the free fireworks display each Friday evening from the Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian village.

The fireworks show is a popular tradition that has been going on since 1988. It is a great way to celebrate Aloha Friday and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Waikiki Beach.
The best way to view the fireworks is to find a spot on the beach or in the resort’s lagoon. You may also want to consider watching the show from a boat in the ocean.

The fireworks show is a free event, so there is no need to purchase tickets. However, some of the resort’s restaurants and bars offer special packages that include food, drinks, and a prime viewing spot for the fireworks.

Although the fireworks are free, they’re not fully visible everywhere along the beach. They are exploded from HHV at the marina end of Waikiki, so the Ilikai and Modern Hotel have good views. I’ve also had a decent view of them from the far end of Waikiki on San Souci beach. But one time, we tried to see them from the pocket of hotels just Diamond Head of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and got nothing.

The show begins at 7:45, just after sundown most of the year. It lasts 5-7 minutes, usually time to get several good photos. The fireworks reflecting off the water of the ocean are really special, so try to watch at least a few without peering through the camera viewfinder. Many locals bring chairs and picnic meals that they set up in the parking lot to enjoy the week-end kick-off. If you are on a Hawaii vacation, the hardest thing about catching the fireworks display might be remembering if today is Friday.

Here are some tips for enjoying the fireworks show:
•Arrive early to get a good spot.
•Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
•Pack snacks and drinks.
•Be prepared for crowds.
•Relax and enjoy the show!
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