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The Poipu Beach Resort Association is putting on its annual New Year’s Celebration

POIPU — There aren’t many places to go for New Year’s celebrations on Kauai, but the Poipu Beach Resort Association is offering an opportunity to enjoy the new year in style.

“There’s no other New Year’s Eve event on the island. And there’s definitely no free fireworks event on the island,” said Jody Kjeldsen, executive director of the Poipu Beach Resort Association. “It’s part of our goal to provide something for the public, visitors and residents, that they can enjoy free of charge.”

PBRA is hosting the New Year’s Eve Celebration on Saturday at Poipu Beach Park. The free event is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m with food trucks followed by a movie in the park at 6:45, ending with a fireworks show at 8:15 p.m.

The feature presentation is Disney’s ‘BFG – Big Friendly Giant’. The fireworks show is hosted by Poipu Beach Resort Association and is a New Year’s Eve tradition in Poipu that dates back over 10 years ago.

“We used to do a concert in the park with food trucks, but it sort of morphed into more of a movie night type of thing,” Kjeldsen said. “We’re trying to keep it more family-friendly and family-orientated going into the new year.”

As for the real show after the movie, there’s nothing like watching a fireworks display at Poipu Beach, Kjeldsen said.

“They’ll (residents and visitors) be sitting there on the beach where the fireworks are launched,” Kjeldsen told The Garden Island. “I think it’s going to be more of a personal, up-close experience because they’re going to be closer to the fireworks. Usually when fireworks are launched, they’re launched from quite a far distance. Here, it’s launched from the Keiki Lagoon, just beyond the safety zone with close proximity to the water and show.”

Parking in the Poipu area is limited. Additional parking will be available off of Hoowili Road. Those who live or are staying in the area are encouraged to walk or bike to the park.

As a safety precaution, the Keiki Lagoon at Poipu will be closed to beachgoers on Saturday.

Info: www.poipubeach.org or 742-7444

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