MCBH cancels BayFest

May. 6, 2013 | 1 Comment
At BayFest 2011, Karina Medina cranked the elevation wheel of a 155mm Howitzer as Lance Cpl. Isaias Calderas looked on. (Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell)

At BayFest 2011, Karina Medina cranked the elevation wheel of a 155mm Howitzer as Lance Cpl. Isaias Calderas looked on. (Star-Advertiser File)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

Due to sequestration and budget constraints, the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe is canceling BayFest this summer.

Open to the public for two-and-a-half days, the popular family festival has, since 1991, offered carnival rides, a nightly fireworks show, military displays, and entertainment from such popular mainland acts as Alan Jackson, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Black Eyed Peas and, at the last BayFest held in 2011, Puddle of Mudd and Hoobastank.

According to a press statement released Monday afternoon, because BayFest is dependent on “numerous MCB Hawaii departments and (organizer) Marine Corps Community Services, all of which are impacted by potential furloughs and fiscal limitations,” the festival will not be held this year.

A base representative will have more information available to the press Tuesday morning at the Pacific War Memorial.

  • http://limemediahawaii.com/ AniMatsuri

    So the President gets weekly concerts by big name artists but, the military can’t afford one weekend a year?