Fire Chief Darren Rosario announced this week that firework permits will be issued beginning Thursday, June 29 and ends on Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m.
Permits can be purchased at the following locations:
- Phantom Fireworks Tent Prince Kuhio Plaza parking lot off Ohuohu Street
- Phantom Fireworks Tent parking lot next to Walgreens Hilo
- Phantom Fireworks Tent Kona Commons Shopping Center parking lot
- Phantom Fireworks Tent Kona Crossroads parking lot
- Phantom Fireworks Tent Kona Coast Shopping Center parking lot
- Fire Administration Hilo, County Building, 25 Aupuni Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 29; Friday, June 30; and Monday July 3.
- Fire Administration Kona, West Hawai`i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building E (2nd floor) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 29; and Friday June 30.
Each permit is $25 and will allow the holder to purchase up to 5,000 individual firecrackers.
Only individuals 18 years-old and up are allow to purchase the permits. They are non-transferable and non-refundable.
A permit is not required for novelties and paperless firecrackers.
Those who have a valid permit for firecrackers are allowed to set off during approved hours of 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 4 only.
Chief Rosario reminds the public that it is unlawful to buy, sell, possess, or set off any Ariel Luminary Device such as Sky Lanterns and Hawai`i Lanterns. Anyone who is found to be in possession of any Aerial Luminary Device, who would like to dispose of it with amnesty, can contact HFD at 932-2912.
In addition, Chief Rosario is reminding the public that it is illegal for anyone to:
- Remove the powder of pyrotechnic contents from any firework;
- Throw firework from a vehicle;
- Set off any firework;
- At any time not within the time period allowed;
- Within 1,000 feet of any operating hospital, nursing home, home for the elderly or animal hospital;
- In or on any school building or property;
- On any highway, alley, street, sidewalk or other public way; in any part, or within 1,000 feet of a church during the periods when services are held.
- It is illegal for any person to offer for sale, sell, or given any firework to minors, and for any minor to possess, sell, set off, ignite, or otherwise cause to explode any firework, except under the immediate supervisor of an adult.
HFD is also asking everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by firework:
- Have a water hose connected to a water source or a fire extinguisher readily available. Wet down surrounding brush prior to setting off firework if need be.
- Children playing with firework shall be under supervision at all times. Even the smallest of firework can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
- Firework should be set off in a safe area away from dry grass, buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials.
Upon completion of firework activities, HFD will collect un-used and unwanted firework on Wednesday, July 12. Anyone interested in disposing of firework should clal the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 for further information including pick-up and drop-off locations. Firework should not be dropped off at local fire stations.
Public firework displays will take place at the following locations:
- Hilo Bay at 8 p.m.
- Barge off-shore of Ali`I Drive in Kailua-Kona at 8 p.m.
- Queens’ Marketplace in Waikoloa at 8 p.m.