Where can visitors enjoy some surefire, fun-filled
For 10 years, Wayne Hikiji has been blasting
fireworks to thrill Hawaii audiences statewide. From small weddings
to large conventions, his special events company, Envisions
Entertainment and Productions, stages about two dozen fireworks
shows a year. Not bad work for a former Oahu attorney.
Those fiery, aerial explosions cost around $12,000 at the
low-end, Hikiji said, and can easily run into the six-figures for
Pricing is based on impact value, he noted, and not simply the
length of a show.
In other events, Envisions Entertainment has
arranged for a 44-piece symphony to play alongside a 12-piece dance
band on the driving range of a golf course. The company regularly
decks out tents, ballrooms, outdoor venues and restaurants for
themed beach parties, luaus, biker parties or elegant galas.
Attendees can mail friends coconuts with personalized messages or
even send surfboards.
The company, jointly owned by Hikiji, works with resorts,
destination management companies, wedding planners and incentive
companies. For groups of seven to several hundred, Hikiji knows how
to throw a party.
Topping his personal favorites for Hawaiian entertainment, not
surprisingly, is the Ala Moana Fourth of July
Fireworks. It is the biggest fireworks show in the state,
and Hikiji places the Ala Moana celebration among the top fireworks
shows in the country. Launched from Magic Island at the Ala Moana
Beach Park, spectators can sit on the lawn, in their cars, or in
their hotel rooms, while the audio show is simulcast on the
Aside from fireworks, Hikiji is a big fan of the summer film
series Sunset on the Beach. The outdoor series is
held 24 weekend nights on the Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. More
than 1,000 people show up, Hikiji said, to watch the movies
projected onto a large screen. Entertainment and food booths
precede the films.
Over on Maui, nothing compares to the annual Halloween
bash in Lahaina on Oct. 31, Hikiji said.
“Known as the ‘Mardi Gras of the Pacific,’” he said, “some
actually plan their vacations around this event.”
Organizers said the event draws 30,000 people. The pageant
begins with a children’s costume parade in the early evening and
continues through the night with raucous, dressed-up crowds roaming
the town’s Front Street, which is closed to vehicle traffic.
For ongoing quality entertainment, Hikiji said, the Maui
Arts and Cultural Center, or MACC, always has something
“There is very, very high caliber entertainment,” he said,
including some nationally known artists.
For a real infusion of Hawaiian culture, Hikiji’s favorite
entertainment on the Big Island is the weeklong Merrie
Monarch Festival. Held in Hilo, following Easter Sunday,
the 40-year-old festival includes arts and crafts shows, a city
parade and its signature three-day hula dance competition.
From petting a cow to hanging upside down in a carnival ride,
the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair offers the best
traditional-style entertainment. Each August, local food booths
line up alongside the games, rides, arts and crafts displays, as
well as the county’s livestock and agriculture displays.
Hikiji’s picks are a guaranteed good time for visitors and