Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hawaii Kai businesses supporting July 4th fireworks

LOCATION: Maunalua Bay, Hawaii 
DATE: Thursday, April 1, 2010
BY: Dianne Glei Reader Submitted
DETAILS: July 4 may seem far away, but organizers of the third annual Independence Day at Maunalua Bay are busy raising money for the event with a little help from local businesses.

Panda Express Hawaii Kai Towne Center is donating 20 percent of sales to Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Foundation during one week in April, May and June. Diners must present a coupon at time of purchase. The promotion is good April 4-10, May 2-8 and June 6-12. Coupons are available by calling Melanie Long, IDMBF president, 375-9223, or Laura Buck, 2010 event chair, 256-3553.

76 gas station in Koko Marina is donating a percentage of all gas sales in the month of April to IDMBF. Last year, this promotion netted more than $3,000 for the fireworks celebration. Buck is encouraging all Hawaii Kai residents to support this community event by filling up their tanks at 76 in April.

Koko Marina Center is sponsoring a chili cook-off April 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Center Courtyard. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit IDMBF. More information is available from

For the second year, Outback Steakhouse Hawaii Kai is sponsoring a fund-raising dinner for IDMBF. Tickets are now available for $15, redeemable any time during May. The cost covers a sit-down meal with choice of three pre-fixe entrees, a side and salad. Tickets are available from Long or Buck.

Independence Day at Maunalua Bay is an all-volunteer effort celebrating freedom, family and friends. The event takes place from 2 to 9 p.m. in Maunalua Bay Beach Park with the spectacular fireworks show at 8 p.m.

Maunalua headlines the free entertainment again this year. In addition, local businesses are signing on as food vendors and community groups will have information booths and games.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks from logistics to hospitality. Interested persons may call Mike Nitta, 551-8516


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