Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Festival & Fireworks canceled for 2014
Hawaii Kai fireworks celebration canceled for 2014
HAWAII KAI –The annual Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Festival has been canceled for 2014.
Maunalua Communities Foundation has not been able to raise the needed funds to support the fireworks event, according to Win Schoneman, president. “Our plan is to do the event again in 2015, but we will need more financial support and it has to be very early in the year.”
Schoneman said MCF tried hard to work out sponsor partnerships to do the event, but could not. Its fund-raising fell $45,000 short and “we cannot do the last-minute scramble of last year when we had an anonymous donor come forward with half the amount if we raised the other half. We did but it was stressful.
“We are sorry to disappoint the community who enjoys this event, but we cannot commit to spend money we don’t have.
“We value, very highly, those who have donated (both large and small) and will redouble our efforts to do Independence Day at Maunalua Bay in 2015,” Schoneman added. “Because we are locked into doing fireworks on the water, we are seeking donors who would like to partner with us in this well attended event.”
The July 4th celebration is the signature event for MCF, which is a community education organization dedicated to creating opportunities and facilities to enhance livability and foster community pride and enjoyment. The Foundation has a long-term vision of providing the East Oahu community with a Culture and Arts Hale.