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Budget cuts cancel Pearl Harbor fireworks, Bayfest

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:47 a.m. HST, May 07, 2013

<br /><br />The outdoor stage will be the site of a performance by Joe Nichols at 8:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $30 at the gate. For a schedule of all BayFest events call 254-7679 or visit bayfesthawaii.com.<br />

Federal budget cuts are forcing Pearl Harbor to cancel its July 4 fireworks and the Marine Corps to cancel its annual Bayfest event at Kaneohe Bay.

A Navy Region Hawaii spokes­man said Monday that annual fireworks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam have been canceled as the base scales back its Independence Day celebration at Hickam Harbor. The event will now be a daytime celebration ending at 5 p.m., featuring the Pacific Fleet Band and the Air Force Band of the Pacific, plus other activities.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii said earlier Monday its summer festival is being canceled this year because of automatic federal budget cuts and other fiscal constraints.

The Marines have been holding the festival for more than 20 years. The 2 1⁄2-day event draws 25,000 people to Kaneohe Bay for musical performances, carnival rides, fireworks and military static displays.

The Marines say the festival requires significant resources from many base departments and from Marine Corps Community Services. The Marines say all these sections are affected by potential furloughs and fiscal limits.

Military services and federal agencies are feeling the effects of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that took effect in March.

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yojimbo wrote:
I thought this activity was funded by non appropriated funds, like mwc.
on May 7,2013 | 02:52AM
FrankieT wrote:
So did I
on May 7,2013 | 03:28AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Go Army Beat Navy!
on May 7,2013 | 04:08AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
Go Navy, Beat Army!
on May 7,2013 | 11:49AM
lee1957 wrote:
It's supposed to be.
on May 7,2013 | 11:41AM
Grimbold wrote:
This No bother me!
on May 7,2013 | 05:35AM
soundofreason wrote:
"The Marines say all these sections are affected by potential furloughs and fiscal limits.">>> The "potential" furloughs that have not happened yet? Those? And as far as fiscal limits.......Cost divided by attendees equals ticket price.
on May 7,2013 | 06:41AM
lee1957 wrote:
While the furloughs are still potential, sequestration is not. Only question is whether Congress will grant the authority to move money between accounts to eliminate or reducte furloughs.
on May 7,2013 | 11:43AM
aionokea43 wrote:
This is exactly the foolish spending by the federal government. These events are non-essential and merely sucks money from the taxpaying public. While the event does provide morale and business benefit to the area where the event occurs, it really is non-essential. It is good the sequestration is causing the government to rein in their foolish spending.
on May 7,2013 | 06:51AM
Maili2 wrote:
Them fun to watch, but yes, too much moolah wasted. We should set good examples, I prefer that kind of spending go into the public gardens and making the city more beautiful and clean.
on May 7,2013 | 06:56AM
NITRO08 wrote:
The sequestration is stupid and so are you if you was effected by the furloughs your story would be different.
on May 7,2013 | 07:08AM
aomohoa wrote:
Shall we just keep spending money we don't have? Maybe if you didn't do that in your personal life you would have money put away for a rainy day. Stop whining and suck it up like the rest of us.
on May 7,2013 | 07:52PM
SteveToo wrote:
MWR events are for the good of the troops. don't be a fool.
on May 7,2013 | 07:08AM
Sunny wrote:
Agree, but these costs are a drop in the bucket compared to the $$'s the US is wasting in Afghanistan!
on May 7,2013 | 09:03AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I would disagree. Bayfest was one of the few times that the community could co onto the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe. It was an opportunity for the military community and local community to rub elbows. I personally enjoyed talking to the young (and not so young) men and women who serve our country and Bayfest was a good place to learn about what these fine men and women do, where they are from, and to give them a Mahalo and an encouraging word. It was also my observation that there was a fair amount of recruiting going on there as well, and of course the entertainment and food were great. I for one will miss Bayfest.
on May 7,2013 | 12:01PM
localguy wrote:
aionokea43 - Building on your post we should cancel all taxpayer funded parades like King Kamehameha and Prince Kuhio, other city sponsored outdoor activities, Honolulu Festival of Lights/Christmas lighting and start charging to go to the beach as taxpayer are paying for lifeguards. What? You don't like that? Next time do your research before posting. Activities like Bay Fest are not totally non-essential. Tax payers have a right to see where their taxes go towards military spending, Bay Fest and other activities fill that requirement. Posting rookies...............
on May 7,2013 | 11:05PM
loquaciousone wrote:
In place of the usual fireworks, the Marine Corps will fire missiles into Kaneohe Bay. All fisherman and boaters are warned to don their bullet proof tank tops and short when plying the waters in the bay.
on May 7,2013 | 07:27AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I heard they plan to nuke the sandbar.
on May 7,2013 | 05:12PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Its about time the our government starts to cut non-essential spending.;
on May 7,2013 | 09:29AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Got to thank the do nothing Republican Congress for not allowing the rich to pay their fair share in taxes.
on May 7,2013 | 11:24AM
lynnh wrote:
I have a friend that falls into the rich category. He pays more in taxes each year than "you" will make in your entire life. He also donates more to charity each year than "you" will make in your entire life. Your stupid, stupid argument is getting real old.
on May 7,2013 | 02:36PM
aomohoa wrote:
You are so right lynnh. I get sick of people like mikethenovice. The rick do pay more taxes in a year that most people will pay a life time and more that most welfare recipients put together. And then there are us middle class, that work are butts off to pay through the nose so the people, who think they deserve their entitlements get a share that many of them don't deserve.
on May 7,2013 | 07:58PM
matsudo wrote:
Republicans or Democrats . . . they are all the same. Bottom line is that the government needs to stop giving away the kitchen sink and make tax paying simple with a flat-rate tax. Get rid of al the deductions. That way, everyone will pay for anything above a certain amount no matter what.
on June 30,2013 | 08:15AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This is probably inevitable because of public relations. But it is really dum-dum to cancel an event that ultimately costs very little (rarely they even make a profit) and acts as a positive community event. The payback will come when the incredibly loud and intruusive Osprey aircraft show up and the neighbors go all bat cr@p crazy about the noise. Wait and see. The cost will far outstrip any perceived savings. Not bright at all.
on May 7,2013 | 05:18PM
localguy wrote:
Total shibai posting by a rookie.
on May 7,2013 | 11:07PM
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