New Year’s in Hawaii—A Guide to the Aloha State’s Best New Year’s Events

The second-to last New Year’s celebration in the world—just before the American Samoa and Midway Island —kicks off in Hawaii at 12 midnight on December 31st. Festivities abound on each island, so every mahalini (visitor) is close to some part of the action.  Fireworks displays color nearly every square inch of Hawaiian beach, and mochi pudding and dumplings fill the bellies of New Year’s revelers until morning.Among the biggest fireworks displays for New Year’s in Hawaii are Oahu’s Waikiki and Ko Olina Beach Resort, Maui’s Grand Wailea, Kauai’s Poipu Beach, Big Island’s Kona Town, and Manele Bay in Lanai.  There are many smaller displays throughout the main islands, too.  Or, if you want your personal show, you can purchase fireworks legally on every island but Oahu, from December 26th until the 31st, as long as you use them before New Year’s Day.In addition to tons of fireworks, for New Year’s in Hawaii, the islands echo with song and dance.  Hit up an all-night beach party at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, or the NYE Hawaii Party at Kaka’ako Beach Park, where there’ll be DJs, over ten live bands, fire dancers, a beer garden and food trucks serving up traditional Hawaiian fare.  Grab a beer and some pork adobo, watch the fireworks light up and color the warm skies and dance on the beach until the sun comes up! The festivities go on all night on Kauai, too—Poipu Beach will be buzzing from 5pm until breakfast.  Grab your friends, get your dancing shoes on, and hau’oli makahiki hou!

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