4th of July in Hawaii Kai

Since this is a food blog, I’ll start this post by sharing with you this beautiful tray of Choux Creme “Cream Puff” pastries our Nihongin tomodachi, Kachan brought for us yesterday as omiyage to celebrate July 4th. Arigato gozaimasu, Kachan! Oishii desu!


Kachan’s Choux Creme with Rasberry


Kachan’s Choux Creme covered in Chocolate

Yummy.

July 4th, 2008 was the first year for the Hawaii Kai neighborhood to host a community-sponsored Fireworks display. Food booths and entertainment were provided at Maunalua Bay Beach Park, located on the shoreline where Keahole street intersects with Kalani’ana’ole highway, across Roy’s Restaurant.

Following are some photos from the event.

A small arsenal for the house party, including paperless firecrackers, morning glory sparklers, fountains and ground bloom flowers…

The games are on at Kuliou’ou Beach Park…

Shootin’ some hoops before the fireworks start shootin’…

The grass strip in front of Maunalua Bay Beach Park’s parking lot…

The grass lawn in front of Roy’s Restaurant…

Food & misc. vendor booth tents…

Quite a crowd…

A squall forms off the shore of Niu Valley…

Anticipation is high for the start of the fireworks display…

The featured entertainer on stage was Hawaii Kai resident, Henry Kapono…

Emcee duty was provided by Hawaiian KINE 105fm’s Billy V. and KGMB news anchor Kim Gennaula and husband/weather guy, Guy Hagi…

Without further ado, let the show begin!…

The pyrotechnics were staged off a barge located fairly close to shore, not far from the Kaiser Estate in Portlock….

The reflection off the calm waters of Maunalua Bay DOUBLED the intensity of the fireworks….

It was a fantastic fireworks display which lasted a good 20 minutes. I heard the company who did the Hawaii Kai show also did the Ala Moana show. I hope they do it again in Hawaii Kai next year!

Earlier that day I fired up some chicken on the grill…

My preparation is simple: just Hawaiian Salt, fresh cracked pepper and a little shoyu. Nuff. Winnahz.

That was a fun 4th of July Friday! I hope yours was as well.

🙂

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8 thoughts on “4th of July in Hawaii Kai

  1. The festivities in Hawaii Kai looked awesome. We were in Kailua and enjoyed the show too (even despite the technical difficulties). I’m drooling over those desserts. We’ve got two professional pastry chefs in our family, so the final course is always a show stopper.

  2. great pictures, those pastries, wow, drool, salivate, and the chicken looks ono. been decades since i had shoyu marinated chicken. last time i had it , we cooked on a hibachi, too many years ago

  3. Hey Pomai, tell Kachan that those cream puffs look amazing. That is my absolute favorite pastry to make and hers look so perfect!! The Hawaii Kai fireworks look great – I think it’s a good idea so that people don’t have to drive all the way into town. Thanks for the comment on my blog 😉

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