Lahaina fireworks show to be only one on island

The island’s only Fourth of July fireworks show will be held off Front Street in Lahaina, beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Front Street from its intersections with Baker and Hotel streets will be closed to traffic from 4 to 9:30 p.m. for the fireworks show, organized by the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

At Campbell Park in Lahaina, the LahainaTown Action Committee has organized a Fourth of July event with music, food and drinks from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Maui Electric Co. and AAA Hawaii offered safety tips and services for the Fourth of July fireworks and partying.

Maui Electric Co. advises caution when playing with Fourth of July fireworks and suggests:

* Carefully setting up and using fireworks in an area clear of overhead power lines. Do not string fireworks on utility poles.

* Do not use metal ladders or poles near power lines. Keep any type of ladder, pole or tie lines used to set up fireworks at least 10 feet away from power lines. Power lines are energized and could cause serious electrical shock, burns or electrocution.

* If an object should become tangled in an overhead power line, don’t try to free it. Call Maui Electric’s trouble line at 871-7777 on Maui or (877) 871-8461 on Molokai or Lanai.

And AAA Hawaii offers a last resort for Fourth of July partyers who have had too much to drink. The organization urges celebrants to avoid drinking and driving and to stay the night or to designate a sober driver.

But as a last resort, AAA Hawaii is offering Tipsy Tow of up to 5 miles from 6 p.m. today to midnight Thursday in areas served by AAA Hawaii. Tipsy Tow provides drivers with safe rides home for themselves and their vehicles instead of driving while intoxicated.

Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a driver, who may inebriated, may call (800) 222-4357 for a free tow home of up to 5 miles, a AAA Hawaii news release said.

Callers tell AAA operators, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” to receive the free tow and ride home. A regular AAA Hawaii-contracted emergency road service truck will be dispatched.

Tipsy Tow excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver and the destination is limited to the driver’s residence.

Reservations are not accepted. Drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor for rides farther than 5 miles.

“It takes only one or two drinks to slow physical and mental skills and affect vision, steering, braking, judgment and reaction time,” said AAA Hawaii’s General Manager Liane Sumida. “Drivers should be aware that the law enforcement agencies are likely to be using extra patrols to look for drinking drivers during the holiday.”

As far as government services, all federal, state and county offices will be closed Thursday. There will be no regular mail delivery, and all public libraries will be closed.

All residential trash collections will follow normal schedules.

The Central Maui Landfill and EKO compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. The Olowalu and Molokai landfills will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The Hana and Lanai landfills will be not be open.

All county pools will be open, contrary to information published in a County in Brief on Page A4 on Tuesday.