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Stay for the Show
An experience that many people look for when they visit Hawaii is the classic Waikiki Beach scene. With so many hotels along nearby Kalakaua Avenue (Waikiki's main street), there is a place for everyone. One of the favorite events in Waikiki is Friday Night Fireworks. They explode from the beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. There are even fireworks packages available, if you want to enjoy the show from your room.
If staying at the Hilton is a bit much for you, it's easy to find a spot of sand, watch the sun go down (like those in the photo), and wait for the show from the beach (beaches in Hawaii are public).
For locals, the fireworks are a sign that the weekend has begun! For tourists, the show is an extra special treat to enjoy after living like the Duke in the surf and sunshine all day long!
The Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki has just announced that is is rolling out a second weekly fireworks display. Starting August 6th 2013 guests and the public will be able to enjoy The Hilton's tradition that started in 1988 celebrating it's $100 million “Return To Paradise” master plan. With the addition of the Tuesday display there will also be a high energy 15 minute show by Tihati Productions at 7:45 followed by the fireworks at 8 p.m. Understanding that many guests who may not stay the weekend, Hilton decided that this would be a wonderful way to say Mahalo to them while hosting them at their resort, and also to the public. If you want to have the best view of the show, for a $20 admission fee Hilton offers the Rockin Hawaiian Rainbow review on Friday nights at 7p.m. Featuring Tihati celebrating the golden age of Hawaiian music, and a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku. This includes seating at the Super Pool and a Mai Tai punch cocktail, followed by of course the fireworks display. There is no admission charge on Tuesdays. Also be sure to experience all of the shops, restaurants (including beach side dining) and fantastic live music offered nightly. The Hilton Hawaiian Village truly has something for everyone !
Pélé—the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes—may provide the Big Island with its fiery glow, but she can’t take all the credit for the illuminated Hawaiian nights. At remote stargazing sites like Kauai’s Napali coastline or Polihale Beach the galaxy bursts overhead with wild displays. The Big Island’s Mauna Kea Observatory delights stargazers with glimpses of other worlds. For a spark of a decidedly more human kind, kick off the weekend with dinner at Rum Fire on Oahu’s Waikiki Beach. Here, over cocktails and pupus (appetizers), guests can watch Friday Night fireworks at the neighboring Hilton Hawaiian Village. After the show, keep the night alight with the “God of Fire” roll at Doraku Sushi restaurant.
For people who want to visit Hawaii and stay in one place, a trip to Honolulu and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort is the perfect place to throw down a towel and enjoy the sun. This complex goes far beyond a hotel and offers shops, restaurants, a spa, and a beach. The self-contained resort in Waikiki is the perfect spot for families as well as honeymooners and business people.
For those who have an itch to get out, the main strip in Waikiki and the quieter beachside neighborhood of Ala Moana are both within walking distance (or the Waikiki trolley).