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The following list is for New Year’s Eve December 31, 2008 for reference purposes only. Once again, if you are looking for the events to say aloha to 2013, see this link to what’s happening on Oahu for New Year’s Eve 2012/2013.
There’s almost always a festival or celebration event going on in Honolulu and Waikiki, so you know they really put on exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations. Here’s a list of the excellent events going on around Waikiki and Honolulu to say good-bye to 2008 and welcome in 2009.
Aloha Tower Marketplace Entertainment and Fireworks
Aloha Tower Marketplace will ring in 2009 with an unparalleled New Year’s Eve celebration featuring waterfront dining, free live entertainment on multiple stages and a spectacular fireworks display over Honolulu Harbor at midnight. Center Stage festivities begin at 7pm with live entertainment, free giveaways, face painting, balloon animals and more.
Several Aloha Tower restaurants will host special menus and packages for the evening. (See this list of Aloha Tower dining options that will suit any budget.) If you’re looking for an extra special place to dine here, check out multi-award winning Chai Island Bistro. I’d love to be there myself.
Note that the photo on the right is from the fireworks display at Aloha Tower Marketplace. (Photo use by permission from Aloha Tower Marketplace.)
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruises with the Star of Honolulu
The Star of Honolulu has five special new year’s eve cruises to celebrate the night. You can choose from cocktails cruises to five-course dinners. The best bargain they’re offering, in my opinion, is the Midnight on Starlet Cocktail & Dance Cruise that’s $65 per person and includes a champagne toast, music, dancing, party favors and view of the fireworks. See more about the Star of Honolulu new year’s eve cruises.
Waikiki Beach Fireworks
I don’t have the details of this year’s event just yet, but I have been informed that there will be a fireworks display from Waikiki Beach and that it will be similar to last year’s display. Stay tuned for details.
Hilton Hawaiian’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Features The Bangles
The 80’s pop band, The Bangle will perform their greatest hits like “Walk Like
An Egyptian” and “Manic Monday” at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. VIP reserved tickets cost $200 and include a cocktail and glass of sparkling wine during the concert. Reserved seats sell for $90 and $130. For more information see this link.
Sheraton Waikiki New Year’s Eve with Foreigner
The popular rock band, Foreigner will be performing at the Sheraton Waikiki on New Years Eve. You can combine multi-course dinner packages with the concert. Dinner and concert packages range in price from $275 to $400 depending on resort restaurant and seat selection. You can get concert only tickets for as low at $130 that includes champagne toast and party hats and favors. For more information on the various packages, see this link to the event.
Moana Surfrider Westin New Year’s Eve Dinner and Music
If you are looking for a more sophisticated dinner celebration, then consider the events at the Moana Surfrider Westin. They are offering a range of dinners from appetizer buffets to special a la carte menus. See more details for the Beachhouse at the Moana a a la cart menu. The Banyan Courtyard will offer an appetizer buffet that you can learn more about with this link. A special seafood dinner buffet will be offered at the Lani Kai.
Third Annual Ravenchase Quest for Father Time Adventure Race
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do, then consider a treasure hunt in downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. The cost is $125 per person which includes game play plus an open bar from 9pm-midnight, a pupu buffet, champagne toast, and party favors. For more information see this link and scroll towards the bottom of the page.
I will update this post as and when I discover more Honolulu and Waikiki New Year’s Eve events. Stay tuned to all top news, reviews, travel advice for Hawaii visitors with free daily e-mails updates or via RSS subscription.
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