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Fireworks over Ford Island Saturday will celebrate peace, friendship

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The Japanese city of Nagaoka, sister city to Honolulu since 2012, will put on a fireworks show at Ford Island Saturday to commemorate the end of World War II in the Pacific.

Sponsored by the city, the Navy and Nagaoka, the public event is being held to celebrate seven decades of peace.

“Seventy years after the end of a war that deeply impacted our two cities, I am proud to stand side-by-side with Nagaoka Mayor Mori, in collaboration and determination to maintain, nurture, and share this great peace with the rest of the world,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell in a news release.

The commemoration begins at 7 p.m. Entry is free.

Parking will be available at Aloha Stadium for $3 and shuttles will run to and from Ford Island from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Gates open to the public at 4 p.m., a commemorative ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., and the fireworks show will start at 8 p.m. Hawaiian 105.1 KINE-FM will broadcast accompanying music for the fireworks.

Food vendors will be on site and cultural and educational exhibits will be on display, including performances by the Pacific Fleet Band, Nagaoka Aloha Club, and a special performance of “Jupiter” by Japanese singer/songwriter Ayaka Hirahara.

Backpacks, large bags, coolers, tents, and outside food and drinks will not be allowed on Ford Island for the event. For more information, visit www.cnic.navy.mil/70yearsofpeace. 

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