Hawaiian New Year’s Eve Celebrations
In our own time zone, 2,390 miles away from the nearest continent, and considered the most secluded population on earth, Hawaii has another peculiarity, which is particularly relevant on December 31st: The island state is the last major worldwide location to celebrate the coming of the New Year. While others on the planet are sleeping, we’re just getting started with our Hawaiian New Years Eve Celebration.
In this magical island world of goddesses, Monarchs, Volcanoes and Hula, festivities are second nature and the Makahiki (new year) is a premier reason to celebrate. Sashimi, fireworks, mochi and lau lau are but a few samples of traditional ways to Celebrate the New Year in Hawaii.
One of the most prominent Hawaiian New Years Eve celebration customs is the display of fireworks. Every island has some sort of display to enjoy. Here is a list of displays by Island.
• 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., midnight – Kaka’ako Waterfront Park
• Midnight Waikiki Beach fronting the Halekulani Hotel, from a barge 1,500 feet offshore
• Ihilani Resort & Spa
• Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
• Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
• South Maui
• Four Seasons Lanai Resort at Manele Bay
• 9:20 p.m. – 3rd once-a-year New Year’s Eve Music Fest and Fireworks celebration at Poipu Beach Park; concert starts at 5 p.m.
Waikiki, of course, will have an abundance of parties so be sure to check with your hotel concierge for information on where to celebrate.
Just outside of Waikiki the 4th yearly “Party of the Year” takes place at Kakaako Park and includes a Ferris wheel, carnival rides, food trucks, live DJs and bands delivering the music. There will additionally be firework displays every hour from 9pm, concluding in the main display at midnight.
If you referred to escape the crowds and view the fireworks from the ocean, then we recommend a New Year Eve dinner or cocktail cruise. You’ll get to relax on one of Oahu’s spacious ocean vessels and enjoy fine music, dancing and food.
Just being in Hawaii on New Year’s Eve is a reason enough to celebrate, so no matter what activity you choose, remember to enjoy your balmy tropical in in Hawaii.