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Bayfest and July 4 fireworks canceled because of budget cuts

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:31 a.m. HST, May 07, 2013

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 two-and-a-half-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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oxtail01 wrote:
EXACTLY the right impact of budget cuts! ALL the right wingers in Kaneohe and Kailua should be applauding this.
on May 6,2013 | 04:25PM
sumoroach wrote:
Obama's idea for the budget cut you fool. Then the left and right didn't make a decision. SO IT IS WASHINGTON (CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT FAULT!) fault you fool.
on May 6,2013 | 06:20PM
bender wrote:
Actually it is the Republicans in the US House of Representatives who brought this about. We need to give credit where credit is due.
on May 7,2013 | 05:37AM
hanalei395 wrote:
That's great. That July 4 fireworks show is not needed. To see a good one, it's at Ala Moana.
on May 7,2013 | 09:47AM
loio wrote:
"right wingers" are bad, aren't they oxtail1? baaaaaaad. but not as bad as libtards. this military loving Obama-can't-standing right winger agrees that this is EXACTLY an appropriate budget cut. although i can think of a helluva lot more of them which would be more appropriate, from this federal "guvmint" (that's be Dear Leader and Great Equalizer to you, left winger).
on May 6,2013 | 04:29PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Than why don't you ask you right wing military-industrial complex turds to stop spending on all the useless weapons.
on May 6,2013 | 05:44PM
iwanaknow wrote:
So..................we don't know what we had til it's gone.
on May 6,2013 | 04:33PM
oxtail01 wrote:
What we had was a total waste of money - won't be missed!
on May 6,2013 | 05:46PM
peanutgallery wrote:
You're a fool!
on May 7,2013 | 04:41AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Was this all bread and circus?
on May 6,2013 | 04:34PM
Anonymous wrote:
I guess its cheaper to send a stealth bomber to South Korea for training, than to let all civilians in for free, give them free food, free entertainment, free concert, free fireworks.. They should take more out of our taxes and give it to the beetlenuts instead of something so terrible for the public
on May 6,2013 | 04:55PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Sad, the children really loved the outdoor event. Oh well, maybe next year.
on May 6,2013 | 05:00PM
Nalochun wrote:
That's the point...it is geared for families to bring their keiki to groom them to be future recruits.
on May 7,2013 | 06:52AM
false wrote:
Just don't take away the free vehicles from all the government workers.
on May 6,2013 | 05:12PM
oxtail01 wrote:
It's not free - we pay for it because the right-wingers refuse to cut it out of the budget.
on May 6,2013 | 05:47PM
Anonymous wrote:
Hmm i think its called sarcasm bud
on May 6,2013 | 05:57PM
sumoroach wrote:
We lease the government vehicles from government motors at a high rate. $500 a month for a small pick up truck. $600 a month for a sedan, larger vehicles cost more $1200 a month. SO Let stop leasing vehicles and watch GM & Ford take a lose for the year. It is the democrats from Michigan that wishes to continue the program. KNOW YOUR FACTS YOU FOOL OXTAIL01.
on May 6,2013 | 06:25PM
bender wrote:
It's free to the government workers.
on May 7,2013 | 05:39AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
oxtail01 wrote: "It's not free - we pay for it because the right-wingers refuse to cut it out of the budget."

Are you OldDiver's long lost brother?

on May 7,2013 | 07:58AM
ISCREAM wrote:
How funny...they think we don't know that this is supposed to be a MWR event funded by NON appropriated funds. The liberal scare tactics...again. If you can't do what is right...scare 'em.
on May 6,2013 | 05:19PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I see that too!
on May 6,2013 | 08:20PM
bender wrote:
MWR doesn't cover the entire costs although I think they fund a great deal of it.
on May 7,2013 | 05:40AM
Bdpapa wrote:
No big deal. If the money is spent on more important things its okay with me.
on May 6,2013 | 08:19PM
ghstar wrote:
The right decision, but for the wrong (or made up) reason. Neither appropriated nor non-appropriated funds should be spent by the Marines to entertain the general public. It is not the USMC mission to put on big entertainment shows for the good citizens of Hawaii (or anywhere else). Effort (either money or manpower) used to put on such a show detracts from support to the mission to defend and protect the interests of the US and its allies. Nowhere in the USMC mission statement is selling cotton candy or hobnobbing with the Black Eyed Peas.
on May 6,2013 | 08:53PM
Skyler wrote:
The only good Black Eyed Peas are the ones on my rice.
on May 6,2013 | 09:09PM
bender wrote:
I have mixed feelings on that. I like to see the military do communivity events like thiese. They tend to bring the diverese military and civilian communities together, and all too much they are isolated from each other. In addition it probably helps the recruiting effort. But money is money. One question though, it appears that Schofield Barracks will continue with their fireworks show since no mention was made of cancelling it. How can they pull it off and the other services can't?
on May 7,2013 | 05:45AM
Nalochun wrote:
Nothing to do with entertainment - it is for recruitment of the keiki, i.e. future soldiers.
on May 7,2013 | 06:49AM
hanalei395 wrote:
And the future soldiers will get to play with bigger, LOUDER fireworks, making it easier for them to go to war. (After the U.S. starts one.....like Iraq).
on May 7,2013 | 10:37AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You pretty much have to cut these sort of things even if it is purely for the optics. From a financial perspective, the millions and millions and millions we spent because the Fat Korean Kid played us like a used violin would have funded air shows through the end of the century.
on May 6,2013 | 09:10PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
All the more reason to hand him his head.......
on May 7,2013 | 12:16AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I'm not surprised, whatever the reason.

In recent years, Bayfest has become an unmanageable mess.

on May 7,2013 | 08:00AM
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