Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks Information

December 14, 2018, 7:52 AM HST · Updated December 14, 7:52 AM
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Lahaina, Maui (7.4.18) PC: Rachael Johnson

Starting Monday, Dec. 17, fireworks go on sale in Maui County ahead of the New Year’s Eve holiday.

A fireworks permit is required for the use of fire crackers and costs $25 for the purchase of up to 5,000 pieces of firecrackers.

The public is reminded that fireworks can only be legally set off from 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.  Violations are subject to fines of up to $2,000.

The public is also reminded that aerial fireworks are illegal–the import sale, transfer or use of aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C Felony.

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There are two public aerial fireworks displays this year:  One from an offshore barge at the Grand Wailea Resort; and the other at the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi.  Both shows begin at approximately 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

The County of Maui’s Department of Fire and Public Safety provided the following details:

Regarding fireworks permits:

  • Each permit costs $25 payable by check/money order to the County of Maui. Cash will be accepted at the Fire Prevention Bureau and Pine Isle Market only.
  • Each permit allows a purchase of up to 5,000 pieces of fire crackers.
  • There is no limit to the number of permits issued to each person.
  • Permit applicants must be 18 years or older and show proof of age at the time of permit processing.
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Permits will be available from Dec. 17-31, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Central Maui: Fire Prevention Bureau (313 Manea Pl. Waikapū Consolidated Baseyard)
  • West Maui: County Parks & Recreation Permit Office (Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiʻilani Hwy. Lahaina)
  • Molokaʻi, County Parks & Recreation Permit Office (Mitchell Pauʻole Community Center, 90 Ainoa St.)

County Offices are closed on Monday, Dec. 25, 2018 in observance of the Christmas Day holiday.

A limited number of fireworks permits will be available at the following locations:

  • Kahului: Phantom Fireworks (front parking lot of Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, 275 West Kaʻahumanu Ave.)
  • Kīhei: Pacific Starr Fireworks (Piʻilani Shopping Village, 225 Piʻikea Ave.)
  • Lānaʻi: Pine Isle Market

Permit required firecrackers will be sold at the following retail locations:

All Maui locations

  • CVS Longs Drugs
  • Foodland Supermarkets, with the exception of Lahaina Farms.

Wailuku

  • Sack N Save
  • Walgreens

Kahului

  • Phantom Fireworks, Queen Kaʻahumanu Center

Kīhei

  • Pacific Starr Fireworks, Piʻilani Shopping Village

Molokaʻi

  • Misaki’s Grocery
  • Take’s Variety Store

Lānaʻi

  • Pine isle Market

The Maui Fire Department also would like to remind residents of the following rules regarding fireworks use:

  • Fireworks can only be legally set off from 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day.
  • Setting off fireworks outside designated times is punishable by law; violations are subject to fines of up to $2,000.
  • Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous. The import, transfer, sale, or use of aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C Felony.

General Prohibitions:

  • It is unlawful to remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.
  • It is unlawful to throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.
  • It is unlawful to set off fireworks within 1000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals.
  • It is unlawful to set off fireworks by schools.
  • It is unlawful to set off fireworks on public roads, in County parks, at County facilities, cane fields, or places of worship.
  • It is unlawful for any person without a permit to set off, ignite, discharge or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks within 500 feet from any hotel.
  • It is unlawful for any person to offer for sale, sell or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minors to possess, purchase, or set off, ignite or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except that the parents or guardians may allow the minor to use fireworks while under the immediate supervision and control of an adult.

Safety Tips

  • Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries.
  • Young children and fireworks do not mix. Never give fireworks, even sparklers to young children as sparklers burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Older children should only use fireworks under the direct supervision of an adult.
  • Always read and follow all warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer for the safe use and handling of fireworks.
  • Make sure you have a clear, flat area to use the fireworks; away from structures, dry grass or brush, or other readily ignitable materials.
  • Have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire.

Public aerial fireworks will be displayed at two locations this year.

  • The Grand Wailea Resort will launch fireworks from an offshore barge for public display. The event is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2018 at approximately 11:59 p.m.
  • The Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi will also have a fireworks display at the Laydown Area Mānele on 1 Mānele Bay Rd. The event is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2018 at approximately 11:59 p.m.

For additional information on fireworks permits, contact the Maui Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at (808) 876-4690.

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