How to Celebrate New Year in Hawaii

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Get ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Hawaii with lots of fun activities, festivities, and fireworks. You can party all night, watch fireworks and enjoy every moment on the Hawaiian Islands that will start your new year with joy and laughter. People from all over the world visit Hawaii during New Year to enjoy every glimpse of the celebration.

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New Year Traditions in Hawaii

The cosmopolitan makeup of Hawaii makes celebrating the New Year very different as compared to the rest of America. You can participate in one of the traditions of Japanese culture in Hawaii and that is Mochi Pounding. People pound steamed glutinous rice by hand into cakes of mocha. In Mochi Pounding, one person pounds the mochi with a giant wooden mallet, and the other wets the mochi and turns it over in between mallet strikes. In the end, it is hand molded into mounded patties which are considered the symbols of good luck for the New Year.

Food – Jook and Sashimi

The preparation and eating of jook form an integral part of Hawaii’s Chinese tradition for the New Year. This is basically a rice porridge typically eaten by the residents after the clock strikes midnight on the first day of January. A sliced raw fish called Sashimi in Japan is one of the primary food dishes that locals eat during the New Year. It is usually served on a bed of shredded lettuce or cabbage with soy sauce.

New Year Celebrations at Oahu

The events that take place in downtown Honolulu to Waikiki are full of activities including fireworks, cruises, dinners, and parties. The fireworks show is launched on Waikiki Beach from 11:55 pm after every minute and it ends at midnight with an explosive crescendo of light. If you want to see a longer fireworks show than this one, then you can head towards Honolulu’s Kaka’ako Waterfront Park.  It starts at 9 pm, continues in hourly intervals and ends at 12 am with a classic display. There are remarkable firework displays at the Ko Olina Resort and the Moana Surfrider hotels as well. Fireworks form a part of the experience of the onset of the New Year in Oahu. You will also find New Year’s Eve parties here including Tiki’s Grill and Bar, the Trump Hotel Waikiki or the Pink Party at the Royal Hawaiian. You can view fireworks out on the ocean perfectly from the Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise. You can find multi-course dinners having fixed price at most of the restaurants and hotels which is great for families who want to feast together.

New Year Celebration at Kauai

Poipu Beach is already one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii but its famous shores are particularly glorious on the New Year’s Eve. The visitors can see the fireworks that start at the Poipu Beach in thunderous glory at 10 pm. You can enjoy live music that starts at the beach at 5 pm and have dinners at local hotels. You can walk the Inspirational Moonlight Labyrinth at Kealia Beach in case you have a meditative approach. It can help you get rid of any unwanted thoughts from the past and increase your focus towards the future.

New Year Celebration at Maui

The coastal views from the water are among the most striking sites of Maui. You can spend New Year’s Eve off Lahaina on dinner cruises. These offer multi-course meals, live entertainment, champagne and usually last between 3 to 4 hours. The Hyatt Regency Maui offers a Hawaiian-style party and entertainment. The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel offers a dinner and magic show, the Grand Wailea Resort offers fireworks show while at the Four Seasons Hotel offers a grand display of light to the visitors.

New Year Celebration at Big Island

Three-course dinners and parties are offered by many larger hotels on the Big Island to celebrate New Year. The award-winning chefs at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and Rays on the Bay restaurant specifically create New Year menus and there is also a magnificent firework display in Kailua-Kona. You can enjoy Japanese craft making, calligraphy and flower arranging.

There are New Year festivities for everyone on the Big Island. You have the option to participate in cultural events or just hang out with friends. You as a family can partake in activities including zip lining, parasailing, and ocean sports rentals. You have the chance to begin your New Year in the sunshine while others might be wading through snow.