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Concert in the Sky explodes Saturday

LIHUE — Putting on a mega show takes teamwork and a lot of sweat.

“We did all of the electrical setup for the event. That was hard work, and when the fire department got involved, I was so happy with the extra help,” said Richard “Soupbone” Kashiwabara, one of many people who helped prep Vidinha Stadium this week for Kauai Hospice’s 26th annual Concert in the Sky Fourth of July celebration Saturday.

Kashiwabara oversaw the placement of electrical outlets and lights, taking a break from electrical work to help firemen set up a small tent near the designated stage area.

He’s used to the job, though.

“I’ve been here since the very first one,” Kashiwabara said.

He wasn’t alone helping out.

“It’s time to turn over the duty,” said Steven Doi, a former site and logistics leader. “The young guys have a lot more energy and can handle it.”

The work should pay off, as Saturday will feature a keiki zone with inflatable toys, games, live entertainment and food booths.

“Everything should be ready by Saturday,” said Bo Domingcil, Kauai Fire Department’s site coordinator.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with the 3D pyrotechnic display sponsored by King Auto Center scheduled for 8:35 p.m.

To accommodate the event, the Kauai Police Department will close off Kapule Highway from Ahukini Road to Rice Street. Rice Street from Kapule Highway to Hoolako Street will also be closed throughout the duration of the fireworks show.

Following the show, officers will be directing traffic out of the stadium parking lot until 10:30 p.m. During this time, Kapule Highway will be northbound-only from Kaana Street, and southbound only from Halau Street. Hoolako Street will be southbound-only from the stadium to Rice Street.


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