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Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) - Hawaiʻi Public Radio To Broadcast Musical Accompaniment For Waikīkī New Year’s Eve fireworks show - 10pm - 12 midnight, December 31, 2021
Hawaiʻi Public Radio to broadcast musical accompaniment for Waikīkī New Year’s Eve fireworks show
As a gift to the community, Hawaiʻi Public Radio will air a live radio special as part of the Waikīkī New Year’s Eve fireworks show, taking place Friday, December 31. Attendees can tune in via traditional radio on 88.1 KHPR FM and 88.5 K203EL FM, by streaming on the HPR website or mobile app, or by using the smart speaker command “play Hawaiʻi Public Radio.”
The broadcast will consist of a countdown to the stroke of midnight, followed by a medley of local and pop music synced with the Waikīkī fireworks spectacle. It will serve as the finale for Bridging the Gap’s New Year’s Eve special (10 p.m. - midnight on HPR-1), hosted annually by Jon Alan.
Jon Alan is well known to late night listeners of HPR-1 as the voice of Blues from the Basement (Saturdays at 10 p.m. - Sundays at 1 a.m.) and B-Sides and Beyond (Sundays 10 p.m. - midnight). He traditionally brings in the new year for the station as guest host on Bridging the Gap each New Year’s Eve.
The fireworks show is funded by Waikiki Improvement Association, who have hired New York company Fireworks by Grucci as a gift to visitors and the local community. The company has produced the Waikīkī fireworks show annually since 2006 (there was no 2020 show due to the pandemic). Grucci’s unique designs will include color changing chrysanthemums, double crackling peonies, glittering strobes, and Brocade Kamuro shells that create a golden weeping willow-like effect descending towards the water. The largest aerial shell measuring 8’ in diameter, will be one of the largest displayed in the area on New Year’s Eve.
Attendees can tune in via traditional radio on 88.1 KHPR FM and 88.5 K203EL FM, by streaming on the HPR website or mobile app, or by using the smart speaker command “play Hawaiʻi Public Radio.”
Waikīkī New Year’s Eve Fireworks Countdown
KHPR 88.1 and 88.5 K203EL FM, streaming at hawaiipublicradio.org
10pm – 12 midnight, December 31, 2021
Photo courtesy of Waikiki Improvement Association.
About Hawai‘i Public Radio
HPR is a private, nonprofit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawai‘i Public Radio. Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, has awarded HPR nine consecutive four-star ratings for exceptional fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The station won two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for its news coverage of the 2014 Pāhoa lava flow, and a third National Murrow Award for its series on the Thirty Meter Telescope.
HPR’s mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1 broadcasts news, talk, entertainment, jazz, blues, and world music. Its FM frequencies on O‘ahu (KHPR 88.1, K203EL 88.5); Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i (KKUA 90.7, KJHF 103.1); Hawai‘i island (KANO 89.1, KHPH 88.7, KKUA 90.7, K235CN 94.9, K239BV 95.7); and Kauaʻi (KHPR 88.1 and KIPL/KIPL-FM 89.9). HPR-2, "your home for classical music" is found on Oʻahu (KIPO 89.3, K264BL 100.7); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i (KIPM 89.7, plus KIPH 88.3 in Hana); Hawai‘i island (KIPH 88.3, KIPM 89.7, KAHU 91.3, and K283CR 104.5) and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3; K269GD 101.7). HPR can be streamed at hawaiipublicradio.org, on the free HPR mobile app, and on smart speakers. HPR-1 and HPR-2 may also be heard via cable broadcasts from Spectrum (channels 864 and 865) or Hawaiian Telcom TV (channels 661 and 662). Follow HPR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
About the Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA)
The WIA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to making Waikiki a great place to invest, work, live and play. Our members represent the major stakeholders in Waikiki – businesses of all types, the visitor industry, property owners and professionals. For more than 50 years, the Waikiki Improvement Association has remained true to its objective: "To improve, enrich and beautify Waikiki for the benefit of residents and visitors alike...to promote conditions conducive to the economic and cultural good and for the betterment of the entire community." For more information about Waikiki Improvement Association visit www.waikikiimprovement.com
About Fireworks by Grucci
Fireworks by Grucci is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated fireworks performance company with its primary studio and corporate offices in Bellport, New York. Known as "America's First Family of Fireworks," the Gruccis have transformed the night skies to the delight of millions across the globe since 1850. Phil Grucci currently serves as CEO and Creative Director of Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. and Pyrotechnique by Grucci, Inc., the manufacturing entity of the Grucci group of companies.
They are world-renowned for pyrotechnic artistry, scientific innovation and old-fashioned values. Their signature performances include the official celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the National Anthem “Star Spangled Spectacular,” in Baltimore, countless performances in and around the United States and abroad, eight U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, the Olympic Games in Beijing, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Lake Placid; commemorations such as the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty and star-studded extravaganzas including the grand opening the Atlantis Dubai and the Palm Jumeirah Island in the United Arab Emirates. Fireworks by Grucci has set 9 Guinness World Records: 9. Longest Chain of Fireworks, 2018; 8. Longest Straight Line of Fireworks, 2018; 7. Largest Fireworks Image, 2018; 6. Largest Fireworks Choreographed in Multiple Cities, 2018; 5. Largest Firework Aerial Shell, 2017; 4. Largest Pyrotechnic Image, 2015; 3. Largest Fireworks Display, 2014; 2. Largest Pyrotechnic Image, 2014; 1. Largest Firework Aerial Shell, 1979. Additionally, Grucci performs annually in Las Vegas for America’s Party, the United States’ largest New Year’s fireworks celebration. This New Year’s Eve, Grucci will be producing performances throughout the United States and the Middle East!
About Hawaii Public Radio
HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive highest, four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawaiâ€˜i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on Oâ€˜ahu and Kauaâ€˜i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Molokaâ€˜i, Lanaâ€˜i, and West Hawaiâ€˜i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawaiâ€˜i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Molokaâ€˜i, Lanaâ€˜i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawaiâ€˜i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); Oâ€˜ahu and Kauaâ€˜i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM).
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