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Help fund Lahaina’s Fourth of July fireworks

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010

The Maui Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) needs help to stage Lahaina’s biggest summertime event.

The chamber seeks $8,000 in donations to finalize Lahaina Town’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

MCOC has already raised $29,000 from businesses and individuals, and received a $9,000 discount from the fireworks company, Hawaii Explosives & Pyrotechnics Inc., but it needs the additional funds to close Front Street to motorists, pay extra police personnel, provide required restroom facilities and handle other necessary details.

“Fourth of July in Lahaina would not be complete without fireworks. Visitors expect them, and our residents and keiki wouldn’t miss them for the world,” said chamber President Pamela Tumpap. “The event… is a win-win all around.”

Lahaina’s Independence Day celebration brings thousands of visitors and locals to town for fun, food, shopping, music, a spectacular sunset and outstanding fireworks display.

“It is a day of glory that supports the West Maui economy and activities, merchants, restaurants, properties and other businesses, and unites the community in celebration. It has become one of the biggest revenue-generating nights… for Lahaina businesses, buffering the sting from other down months and assuring bigger paychecks for many workers on the fourth,” Tumpap commented.

Recognizing the importance of the celebration to the community, the chamber assists with fund-raising and event coordination, but it is an event truly funded by the people of Maui for the people of Maui and our guests.

The major contribution of $15,000 by Expedia Local Expert last year left remaining funds that kicked off this year’s drive.

Many businesses and individuals have stepped up to the plate this year, including AAAAA Rent-A-Space, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Expeditions, Hard Rock Cafe, Kimo’s and Old Lahaina Luau, which all contributed $1,000.

Other companies have donated $500 to $800 each, including Cool Cat Cafe, Feast at Lele, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Lahaina Fish Company, Minds Eye Interiors, Pioneer Inn and The Wharf Cinema Center.

With another run of contributions, the fireworks show will be guaranteed. Front Street will close at 4 p.m., the Arts Education for Children Group and Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise will offer an open-air concert at the Lahaina Public Library lawn at 5 p.m., and the fireworks will go off at 8 p.m. After that, head to one of Lahaina’s many nightspots.

All donations are welcome. Individuals or businesses can contribute online at www.mauichamber.com (click on the event in the scrolling calendar) or call 244-0081.

While some may question spending a large sum on fireworks as the nation struggles to emerge from the recession, Tumpap stressed that the investment delivers both economic, industry and social returns, and allows us to come together for the country’s birthday.

West Maui needs this big summertime celebration to have fun and support Lahaina’s businesses. Help the Maui Chamber of Commerce cross the finish line for the Fourth of July.