Officials urge safety as fireworks sales take off ahead of New Year’s festivities

Sparklers are set off

Zion checks out the selection of fireworks Tuesday at Pacific Fireworks. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Joe Tawater, right and his family have sold fireworks in Kona for over 16 years. (

Pacific Fireworks in Ilima Plaza is stocked with fireworks for New Years celebrations. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

It’s that time of year when blowing off fireworks will light the Big Island skies Saturday night, although not everyone is excited about the long-held tradition.