Attendance Exceeds 20,000 at Lahaina Fourth of July Celebration
Thousands of spectators gathered along Front Street in Lahaina to witness Maui’s only aerial public fireworks display on Wednesday. Attendance exceeded the previous 20,000 estimate from last year, according to Sne Patel, Board President of the Lahaina Town Action Committee, the organization that puts on the event annually.
Due to generous support from the county and local business and merchant community the Lahiana Town Action Committee comfortably reached its $50,000 goal with over $55,000 raised.
The funds helped to cover the cost of the aerial fireworks show that was staged from an offshore barge. The event also included entertainment on shore and food vendors.
The Lahaina Town Action Committee promotes, preserves, and encourages the historical, cultural, social, commercial and environmental vitality of Lahaina. Since its establishment in 1988 the non-profit has worked to preserve the historic integrity, re-kindle the small town atmosphere and promote the uniqueness of Lahaina.
Maui Now is awaiting a rundown of fire response calls made during the Fourth of July holiday. (Check Maui Now for updates).
We already know that fireworks is likely to blame for an afternoon fire that destroyed two homes and damaged four other residences on Kawailani Circle in Kīhei on the Fourth of July. Fire officials say witness heard children playing with fireworks behind the homes immediately before the fire began. Fireworks remnants were also found in the area.
Maui Fire Department, Assistant Chief of Support Services, Val Martin said, “The Department of Fire & Public Safety does not support or endorse the use of fireworks; however, when used, fireworks need to be under the supervision of a responsible adult and must comply with the laws of its use.”