1. Which Gates are accessible?


City buses stop at nearby bus stops along Kamehameha Hwy.  Riders may walk onto Ford Island.

Handicapped parking will be available on the northern portion of the runway closest to the event. Security will be able to point you in the right direction once you are on base.  A disabled placard that allows you parking privileges in those spaces is required.


2. I don’t have a military ID, can I get on base?  When do gates open?

Ford Island will be open to the general public for the Fireworks display.  A valid driver’s license is required to get through the gate. 

The general public will be allowed on base starting at 4 p.m.

Where can I park?

There is limited parking available on Ford Island on the old runway. 

There will also be parking available at the old Kam Drive-in Theater on Moanalua Road and Kaonohi Street in Aiea.  There will be a FREE shuttle service to and from the event from the Aiea parking area.  There will be a limited number of busses shuttling people from the Aiea location, so it may take an extended time to depart the island after the fireworks event.


4. Is there a charge for admission or parking?

Admission to the event and parking is absolutely FREE!


5. Will there be a shuttle from the Ford Island parking areas?

No.  The event area is a short walk from the parking areas.


6. Which city bus route do I take?

Route 20, 40, 42, 62, 74, 88A, A, PH1, PH2, PH3 will take you to the Ford Island bridge.  It is a short walk from the bus stops to the event area.


7. Can I walk onto Ford Island?

The Ford Island Bridge will be open to all pedestrians.  If you want to park off base or take The Bus to the event, it is a 15-20 min. walk across the bridge to the event.


8. May I leave and re-enter the event?



9. Will there be any provisions for the physically handicapped?

Patrons may access handicapped parking on the North side of the old runway.  Signs will be posted directing drivers to the area.  A disabled placard that allows you parking privileges in those convenient handicap spaces is required.


10. Are there any other places I can view the event?

There will be a number of alternate viewing locations to watch the fireworks.  Blaisdell Park, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and Rainbow Bay marina will be open for visitors. 

The fireworks will be set to music which will be broadcast over 105.1 KINE.


11. Are pets allowed to the event?

No pets of any kind, except service animals, are allowed.


12. Can we bring coolers to the event?

Coolers are not permitted on the event grounds. A variety of food and drink will be available for purchase.  Water is allowed in a closed container (bottle, Hydro Flask, etc)


13. Can we bring lawn chairs to the event?

Yes. Lawn chairs are permitted on the event grounds. Small lawn chairs or camp chairs (no lounge chairs). You will be responsible for your own chair at all times.


14. Can we bring umbrellas or tents into the event?

No. (LARGE) Umbrellas and tents are not allowed onto the grounds as they would block viewing in the general viewing areas.


15. Are Cameras and video recorders allowed?

Yes, you may bring cameras and video recorders into the show.  Remember: EVERYTHING is subject to search.


16. Is shade available?

Only limited areas of shade throughout the park are available.


17. Do you have any bleacher seating?

No bleacher seating will be available


18. What happens if it rains?

In the event of rain, unless the weather poses serious threat to the safety of the visitors and participants, the event will proceed as scheduled.  In the case of rain, ponchos are recommended.


19. Can I bring food?

No outside food is allowed at the event. Food is available for purchase.  Water in closed containers is permitted.


20.  Will there be ATM's?

ATM's will be on-site provided by Bank of Hawaii and normal applicable fees will be applied.  It is recommended that patrons bring adequate cash to avoid delays. Most of the vendors are accepting credit cards for your convenience.


21. Will there be anything for me to do before the Fireworks show?

There will be a number of interactive cultural exhibits to explore when the event opens at 4:00 pm.  There are also going to be a variety of food vendors providing local cuisine starting at 4:00 pm.

Live entertainment will be rocking all night starting at 4:00 pm.  Performers will include the Pacific Fleet Band Rock Band, Aloha Hula Club, Matsuri Taiko and live performances from KINE 105.  The international performer Ayaka Hirahara will be performing her hit single “Jupiter.”


22. What should I bring with me to the event?

Suggested items include sunscreen protection, hats, cameras, small collapsible chairs, or beach towels.  All carry-in items and persons are subject to search.

Bags, coolers, luggage and tents are prohibited at the event.  People found with these items will be stopped at the Ford Island gate and prohibited entry.  For a full list of prohibited items, click here.


23. How do I get press or media credentials?

Press/Media Credentials requests must be submitted through our website. Please see our Media Credential page to submit an application.


24. What is the base access process for commercial buses, trucks and other commercial vehicles?

All commercial vehicles will need base access to enter Ford Island. Halawa Gate will be open for commercial vehicle inspections from 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.


(Updated: 08/03/15)

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