Waikiki Beach New Year's Eve Fireworks
Waikiki Improvement Association Partners with Renowned Fireworks by Grucci to welcome 2022!
For the 15th year, Grucci will illuminate the skies over Waikiki Beach on New Year’s Eve!
Photo courtesy of Waikiki Improvement Association.
What: Waikiki Improvement Association New Year’s Eve Celebration Where: Waikiki Beach Honolulu, HI
When: December 31, 2021 at Midnight
BELLPORT, NY and HONOLULU, HI (December 23, 2021) – Waikiki Beach in Honolulu will be saying goodbye to 2021 and a big ALOHA to 2022 with a tremendous fireworks performance! Waikiki Improvement Association and Fireworks by Grucci-Hawaii join together for the 15th year, celebrating with an extraordinary kickoff to the New Year!
Countless tourists and Waikiki residents head to the beachfront for the much-anticipated, Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) fireworks spectacular each New Year’s Eve. Since 2006, world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci has partnered with WIA for an awe- inspiring farewell to the past year. After a hiatus in 2020 due to Covid-19, to introduce 2022, Fireworks by Grucci promises yet another spectacular performance for all visiting and gathering on Waikiki beach onNew Year’s Eve!
“We are truly honored that Waikiki Improvement Association has again commissioned us to create a performance to celebrate the end of this year and welcome 2022. Our Hawaii based team of Pyrotechnicians look forward to delivering an exciting performance to entertain the thousands of guests and residents along Waikiki beach”, says Fireworks by Grucci CEO and Creative Director, Phil Grucci. “The Waikiki beach setting coupled with a warm starry night presents an incredible stage for us to exhibit our choreographed performance. We hope that this year’s show will capture the palpable energy felt on New Year’s Eve and bring joy to the individuals who choose to celebrate the New Year at this breathtaking location.”
Five minutes before the clock strikes midnight, watch for the first announcement “salute” displayed from a barge offshore to signal the countdown to midnight. Groups of family and friends along the beach will shuffle as the countdown begins, softly at first, “10! 9! 8!...” louder as midnight grows nearer... “3! 2! 1! HAPPY NEW YEAR!” At the stroke of midnight, the sky will be filled with electrifying colors and bright lights. Grucci’s unique designs will include dazzling color changing chrysanthemums, double crackling peonies, glittering strobes, and of course the majestic Brocade Kamuro shells that create a golden weeping willow like effect descending downward towards the water. The largest aerial shell measuring 8” in diameter, will be one of the largest displayed in the area on New Year’s Eve. Adding to the celebratory energy of the night will be a brilliant custom soundtrack featuring local and pop artists such as Mariah Carey, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Kalapana, Crossing Rain, BTS, Pink, and many more!
As a gift to the community, Hawaiʻi Public Radio will air a live radio special as part of the Waikiki New Year’s Eve fireworks show, taking place Friday, December 31. The broadcast will consist of a countdown to the stroke of midnight, followed by a medley of local and pop music time synched with the Waikiki fireworks spectacle. It will culminate Bridging the Gap’s New Year’s Eve special (10 p.m. - midnight on HPR-1), hosted annually by Jon Alan.
Host Jon Alan is well known to late night listeners of HPR-1 as the voice of Blues from the Basement (Saturdays at 10 p.m. - Sundays at 1 a.m.) and B-Sides and Beyond (Sundays 10 p.m. - midnight). He traditionally brings in the new year for the station as guest host on Bridging the Gap each New Year’s Eve.
The fireworks show is funded by Waikiki Improvement Association, who have hired New York company Fireworks by Grucci as a gift to visitors and the local community. The company has produced the Waikiki fireworks show annually since 2006 (there was no 2020 show due to the pandemic). Grucci’s unique designs will include color changing chrysanthemums, double crackling peonies, glittering strobes, and Brocade Kamuro shells that create a golden weeping willow-like effect descending towards the water. The largest aerial shell measuring 8’ in diameter, will be one of the largest displayed in the area on New Year’s Eve. Attendees can tune in via traditional radio on 88.1 and 88.5 FM, by streaming on the HPR website or mobile app, or by using the smart speaker command “play Hawaiʻi Public Radio.”
Special Thanks to our Generous Sponsors: This event would not be possible without the support of the following Waikiki businesses that sponsored this event: Halekulani Hotel, Kyo-ya Management Co, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Outrigger Enterprises, Inc, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, Hale koa Hotel, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, International Market Place, Royal Hawaiian Center, ABC Stores, Prince Waikiki, Waikiki Shopping Plaza, Queen Emma Land Co, Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Kamehameha Schools, Luxury Row at 2100 Kalakaua, First Hawaiian Bank - Waikiki, Trump International Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, Springboard Hospitality, Steiner Family LTD, The Modern Honolulu, Duke's Waikiki, Central Pacific Bank – Waikiki, Ambassador Hotel, Paradise Cruises, Park Shore Hotel, Robertson Properties, The Laylow, Tiki's Grill & Bar, Kaimana Beach Hotel, Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel, and Pearl Waikīkī Hotel
Show Design and Choreography: Phil Grucci
Show Producer: Thomas Likos
Number of Hours to Choreograph: 18
Number of Pyrotechnicians: 8
Number of Days to Install: 3
Number of Man-hours to Set-up: 277
Featured Fireworks: High Aerials and Grucci Grand Illuminations
About the Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA): The WIA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to making Waikiki a great place to invest, work, live and play. Our members represent the major stakeholders in Waikiki – businesses of all types, the visitor industry, property owners and professionals. For more than 50 years, the Waikiki Improvement Association has remained true to its objective: "To improve, enrich and beautify Waikiki for the benefit of residents and visitors alike...to promote conditions conducive to the economic and cultural good and for the betterment of the entire community." For more information about Waikiki Improvement Association visit www.waikikiimprovement.com
About Fireworks by Grucci: Fireworks by Grucci is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated fireworks performance company with its primary studio and corporate offices in Bellport, New York. Known as "America's First Family of Fireworks," the Gruccis have transformed the night skies to the delight of millions across the globe since 1850. Phil Grucci currently serves as CEO and Creative Director of Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. and Pyrotechnique by Grucci, Inc., the manufacturing entity of the Grucci group of companies. They are world-renowned for pyrotechnic artistry, scientific innovation and old-fashioned values. Their signature performances include the official celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the National Anthem “Star Spangled Spectacular,” in Baltimore, countless performances in and around the United States and abroad, eight U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, the Olympic Games in Beijing, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Lake Placid; commemorations such as the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty and star-studded extravaganzas including the grand opening the Atlantis Dubai and the Palm Jumeirah Island in the United Arab Emirates. Fireworks by Grucci has set 9 Guinness World Records: 9. Longest Chain of Fireworks, 2018; 8. Longest Straight Line of Fireworks, 2018; 7. Largest Fireworks Image, 2018; 6. Largest Fireworks Choreographed in Multiple Cities, 2018; 5. Largest Firework Aerial Shell, 2017; 4. Largest Pyrotechnic Image, 2015; 3. Largest Fireworks Display, 2014; 2. Largest Pyrotechnic Image, 2014; 1. Largest Firework Aerial Shell, 1979. Additionally, Grucci performs annually in Las Vegas for America’s Party, the United States’ largest New Year’s fireworks celebration. This New Year’s Eve, Grucci will be producing performances throughout the United States and the Middle East!
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