When you vacation on Oahu, make sure you make plans to start your weekend off with a bang. Each Friday evening the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a free firework show on Waikiki Beach.
The fireworks show usually begins at 7:45pm or 8pm and lasts about ten minutes depending on the season and daylight hours. Here’s the plan for 2018:
- January, February, March, April, May – 7:45pm
- June, July and August – 8:00 pm
- September, October, November, December – 7:45pm
Please check this link for any updates to the scheduled show times. Please note that the show time is subject to change and cancellation without notice.
Prior to the fireworks display, Hilton Hawaiian Village hosts a Rockin’ Hawaiian Rainbow Revue with music, torch lighting, hula dancing and a Mai Tai for $35. See this link for more details and the ticketing process for hotel guests an the general public.
If you want to see the fireworks from the beach area, there are several great vantage points — around the Hilton Hawaiian Village and at the beach area by Fort Derussy. Anywhere from the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Outrigger Reef on the Beach is great. Please note that there are two Outrigger properties in Waikiki Beach, so make sure you are at the Reef on the Beach location which is the westernmost of the two properties.
One vantage point for the fireworks that we really liked was from the concrete pier in front of the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. It was a perfect location to see the fireworks reflecting off the water. (We were able to capture a nice selection of fireworks photos.) Some boating companies offer cocktail and/or dinner cruises on Friday nights to see the fireworks.
Fireworks can be tricky to photography. Check out our Hawaii fireworks photography advice.
The fireworks are not visible from every spot of Waikiki Beach. Take a look at the following Google Map and take note of the curvature of Waikiki Beach. Hilton Hawaiian Village is noted with the red place marker.
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As you make your plans to watch the fireworks, consider planning sunset picnic on the beach prior to the show. That way, you’ll have a memorable dinner topped off by fireworks and it’s all on the cheap! Bonus!
If you have any further questions regarding this fireworks show, contact the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Have you seen the Friday night fireworks show in Waikiki Beach? Did you enjoy it?