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OUR TEAM

For more than 65 years, Kailua Beach has been the center of a spectacular fireworks display each 4th of July evening. For most of its history, the show was launched from Flat Island across from Kailua Beach Park. In 2000, a “twilight air show” was added, featuring aerobatic performances by two local pilots. In 2002, in consideration for environmental concerns, the platform for the fireworks launch was moved from Flat Island to a mobile barge, adding significantly to event expense.

The foundation for the continuation of both the fireworks exhibition and air show is now in place. The next step is sustainability and gradual build-up of a reserve to ensure that the fireworks and our other beach-front Independence Day events will continue.

Did you know…..Uncle Sam is a nickname adopted by the US on September 7, 1813, during the war of 1812 fought between the US and UK from June 1812 until February 1815.  The name was linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, NY who supplied barrels of beef to the solders in the US Army. In character at all Kailua Fireworks events by a Kailua resident of 53 years, Don Holden, president of Holden Hospital Supply.  Uncle Sam wants YOU to donate to Kailua Fireworks to keep our tradition going.

aka Don Holden

Uncle Sam

Originally from Croatia, I moved to Hawaii in 1969 and lived in Kailua since 1976.  I’m currently employed at Holden Hospital Supply, a Board Member of Kailua Chamber of Commerce and an original committee organizer of Kailua Fireworks beginning 2013.  My personal interests include community service projects, cooking, reading, photography, health and fitness, and inspiring youth to live up to their dreams. Highlights of my experiences include traveling to many countries and meeting people all over the world.  My personal desire is to make 4th of July Fireworks a self-sustainable event so it can celebrate its “100 years” centennial anniversary in 2047.

Board Member

Jana Holden

Kailua is an amazing place to live. Growing up in Kailua, I've been blessed to experience the Fourth of July celebration for many years. It's the one time in the year that the community comes together with family and friends to share in celebration of our Independence. As one of the founding members of Kailua Fireworks, I want to continue to foster this tradition for the generations to come as it brings unity and pride to my community that I love. 

President

Jody Sakaba

Chow has over 25 years of experience specializing in accounting, finance, and internal auditing for manufacturing and service companies with both domestic and international operations.  Her prior employers include Ernst & Young, American Standard, Inc., Tupperware, Inc., Waste Management, Inc. and FTSI, International.  Her accomplishments include building an internal audit team with over 30 professionals in nine months, restructuring an existing team with process and service issues, creating policies and procedures that enhanced departmental and corporate governance and processes, and coaching and mentoring professionals for continuous growth and career development.  Chow graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in accounting and she also has certifications of public accountant and management accountant. 

Chow moved to Kailua, HI in May 2016 and has since been providing consulting service to a major confectionery company in Honolulu and a federal credit union. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, watching movies and traveli

Treasurer

Chow Yu

Joan Sakaba is a retired social worker and a busy grandma.  Working with Kailua Fireworks has been a big job that lasts all year long...hoping some younger community members will step up and bring some different energy and ideas to the fundraising efforts!  One big benefit -- meeting super committed people in this community whom I would have never met had it not been for KF!

Committee Member

Joan Sakaba

I have been a resident of Kailua for over 30 years and have enjoyed the fireworks with my family for all of those years when given the opportunity to help and participate in the event, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this wonderful presentation and help continue this great Kailua tradition. 

Committee Member

Michael Soldat

A volunteer since 2013! Hollis wanted to re-engage with the Kailua community after returning from the mainland and Japan.

Committee Member

Hollis Wadsworth