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Waikoloa Beach Resort offers “Family Fourth” celebration

<p>Fireworks at Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Garden (PHOTO COURTESY OF QUEENS’ MARKET PLACE)</p>

Fireworks at Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Garden (PHOTO COURTESY OF QUEENS’ MARKET PLACE)

Waikoloa Beach Resort will offer a Fourth of July celebration with 10 free mini concerts on two stages, carnival food and games, the annual Rubber Duckie Race and more, capped off with spectacular fireworks over Waikoloa Bowl.

Non-stop family entertainment starts at 10 a.m. with live music until 1 p.m. at Kings’ Shops, followed by the Merriman’s Market Café Watermelon Eating contest. New this year, Chef Ippy Aiona of Three Fat Pigs will host a “mystery box” cooking challenge at 1:30 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m., Salsa Latinos will perform at Queens’ MarketPlace with free cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, and face painting from 1-5 p.m. Throughout the shopping center, colorful Zoo Choo Train rides at $2, and carnival games at 25 cents, will benefit Special Olympics West Hawaii. Live music continues all afternoon, with Vizion 20/20, Life in Pursuit, I‘land Boiz and Bobby G & the Generous Thieves.

At 3 p.m., the Rubber Duckie Race is at Kings’ Lake at Kings’ Shops, where thousands of the bright yellow waterfowl take a “quack” at crossing the finish line first. Great prizes go to the winning ducks and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association. To adopt your duck, call Kings’ Shops, 886-8811 or purchase a quack pack at the event.

The fireworks display will lights up the skies at Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Garden. Doors open at 5 p.m., with pre-show music by Vizion 20/20 followed by the big rock and roll sounds of Bump City. Fireworks to begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free, and beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted. For more information, visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call Queens’ MarketPlace 886-8822.