Pa’i ki’i Imagery

March 6, 2012

Nagaoka Fireworks

The Honolulu Festival took place last weekend (the first weekend of March). On Sunday, the Festival has a parade on Kalakaua Ave through Waikiki with the performers giving there best for the crowds.  It’s a great opportunity to get pictures of the performers.  If you plan to be on Oahu in March 2013 schedule some time to see it.  This year to end the Festival a fireworks display from Nagaoka, Japan took place. To quote from an interview about the fireworks

 “The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival is well known for the spectacular "Sanjaku-dama." The diameter of the shell is about one meter (39 inches) and it is shot 600 meters into the sky. I think that the Nagaoka sanjaku-dama is the largest single firework in Japan. But it’s not just the mere size that is spectacular but the techniques that are used to create and to shoot up this firework. We have wonderful fireworks specialists that live and work in Nagaoka. And they in turn pass on their trade to their apprentices. This trade is a special tradition of Nagaoka. We are very proud.”

For more info here’s an interview with Mr. Kazuo Nizawa, vice chairman of the Executive Committee for Developing a Bridge of Friendship between Japan and USA prior to last years festival Honolulu Festival

I watched it from the beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon beach.  It gave me a side on view of the fireworks. I’ll post more over the next few days.


Nagaoka Fireworks


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