The Waikoloa Beach Resort will offer a Fourth of July event that includes 10 free mini concerts on two stages, carnival food and games, the annual Rubber Duckie Race and musical sounds of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, capped off with fireworks over the Waikoloa Bowl.
Non-stop family entertainment starts at 11 a.m. with live music at Kings’ Shops, followed by Merriman’s Market Café Watermelon Eating contest and the Rubber Duckie Race to benefit United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii at 3 p.m. Thousands of the bright yellow ducks take a “quack” at crossing the finish line first, with great prizes for winning waterfowl and 100 percent of the proceeds going to UCPAH. To adopt a duck, call Kings’ Shops office, at 886-8811.
At 12:30 p.m., Salsa Latinos will perform at Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion followed by Girls Night Out, Tomi Isobe Blues Band, Friends of Bluegrass and Mystik Rhythmz.
Meanwhile, families from near and far enjoy free cotton candy, popcorn and more from 1 to 5 p.m. Throughout the shopping center, balloon sculpting, a photo booth for $1, colorful Zoo Choo Train rides for $2 and carnival games for 50 cents, all in support of UCPAH.
Just after dark is the fireworks display at Waikoloa Bowl, and families are encouraged to come early to enjoy pre-show country music by the Michael Strand Band, and the full sound of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, with contemporary hits and patriotic music. Gates open at 5 p.m., admission is free. Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating. Smoking, coolers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
The Hawaii County Fire Department is co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822.
July 4 Schedule of Events
11 a.m. Kahikina’s Nahenahe Ohana, traditional Hawaiian
12 p.m. Kris Fuchigami, contemporary Hawaiian, ukulele
1 p.m. Merriman’s Mediterranean Cafe, watermelon eating contest
1:30 p.m. Music by Laulima
3 p.m. Rubber Duckie Race
3:30 p.m. Dam Str8, contemporary Hawaiian, pop, rock classics and originals
5 p.m. Duck Calling and Waddling Contests
5:30 p.m. Award Ceremony
Queens’ MarketPlace, Coronation Pavilion:
12:30 p.m. Music by Salsa Latinos
1-5 p.m. Zoo Choo train rides, balloon sculpting, carnival games, photo booth, popcorn, and cotton candy. (Small fee for carnival games, photo booth and Zoo Choo rides to benefit United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii)
2 p.m. Girls Nite Out, rock, blues, disco, pop, rhythm and blues, Hawaiian, country
3 p.m. Tomi Isobe Blues Band
4 p.m. Friends of Bluegrass, Waikoloa’s best bluegrass
5 p.m. Mystik Rhythmz, rock, reggae and blues
8:30 p.m. Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion, pop, rock and jazz
5 p.m. Gates open to Waikoloa Bowl
5:30 p.m. The Michael Strand Band, country
7 p.m. The U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, pop, rock ‘n’ roll and patriotic music
8 p.m. Fireworks
For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.