No fireworks for Kealakehe grads

  • Graduate Hiilawe Manoi records the fireworks at the end of Kealakehe High School's commencement ceremony in 2016. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kealakehe High School graduates watch fireworks at the end of the 2017 commencement ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Fireworks have lit up the sky for years to celebrate Kealakehe High School’s graduating seniors, but changes made more than a year ago to the county’s fire code are putting an end to the festive tradition.