10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Hawaii

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! It’s almost New Year’s Eve and in Hawaii, that means it’s time to party. Whether your party preference involves paddling out into the water for a closer look at beautiful firework displays, standing atop a cruise ship bow with drink in hand, or partying it up with thousands of your closest friends, the spirit of Hawaiian New Year’s is with you. Choose from any of the following 10 best New Year’s Eve events in Hawaii for an awesome time. 

Fireworks at Waikiki Beach in Oahu, HI

What could be better than ringing in the New Year on Waikiki Beach in Oahu? Stay for their New Year’s firework display at 11:55 p.m., set off from a barge just off the beach. According to their official website, “The 8-10-minute fireworks show will include designs of palm trees, rings, strobes, sparkling fans, colorful falling leaves, brocades, and willows falling to the ocean.” 

Addiction New Year's Eve, Honolulu, HI

The Addiction Night Club in Honolulu, Hawaii is throwing down the gauntlet NYE event. It’s a “New Year’s party that can’t be topped,” according to their website, with over 40,000 lights decorating the area and two DJs. Buy tickets online. 

I Lava The New Year at Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, HI

Celebrate New Year’s on the Big Island with I Lava The New Year at the Fairmont Orchid in Waimea, Hawaii. The festivities start at 6 p.m. with face painting, flash tattoo art, and Poi Ball before dinner, a show, and DJ party that evening. Fireworks cap it off at midnight.

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New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise, Lahaina, HI

The New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise offers a fun and memorable way to celebrate the New Year. The cruise departs from the historic Lahaina Harbor at around 10 p.m. and lasts for two hours, during which participants can see an amazing display of fireworks, eat appetizers, enjoy complimentary beverages, and more.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Poipu Beach Park, Koloa, HI

Poipu Beach throws a free New Year’s celebration every year that’s perfect for the entire family. Come early with lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a free family-friendly movie showing (exact title to be announced). Bring spare cash for the food trucks and get ready for the fireworks at 8:15 p.m. 

Waikiki Starlight Luau, Waikiki, HI

Experience Hawaii’s culture at the Waikiki Starlight Luau in Waikiki. This outdoor Luau features “extravagant Lei greetings, Hula kahiko performers, four acrobatic fire dancers and authentic Hawaiian dining,” according to the official description.  The party starts at 5 p.m. and lasts through the evening.

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New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner, Lahaina, HI

Ring in the New Year with a party for your taste buds at the New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner in Maui, Hawaii. The menu includes delicious meals like smoked salmon, seaweed salad, grilled chicken teriyaki and much more! 

The Annual Party of the Year, Honolulu, HI

The Annual Party of the Year, hosted at the Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Hawaii, is exactly that: One of the biggest, baddest parties anywhere, all year round. Leave the year on a high note, starting on December 31. The hottest current artists kick things off with a holiday concert. 

New Year's Eve at The Royal Hawaiian, Honolulu, HI

The New Year’s Eve Pink Party, hosted by the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu, is another excellent party option. Starting at 8:30 p.m., the festivities feature a DJ, dancers, party favors, delicious food, and fantastic views of the midnight fireworks. Tickets include party favors, valet parking, and champagne. 

New Year's Eve and Fireworks Extravaganza at Naniloa Volcanoes Resort, Hilo, HI

For the first time ever, fireworks will decorate the sky for New Year’s Eve at Hilo Bay for New Year’s Eve. Make sure to support this free event by heading to the bay early and consider taking the New Year’s Paddle Out Experience, in which spectators “will be loaded on their choice of a single or double-seat kayak, two-seat clear hull canoe or stand up paddle-board” for better viewing, according to the official press release. 

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