*** For New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, see this link: Waikiki & Honolulu 2013/2014 New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dinners & Events ***
** 2009 events are listed below for reference purposes. Note that some links will no longer work. **
You’ll find lots and lots and lots of things to do to bid a fond aloha to 2009 and welcome in 2010 this New Years Eve on Oahu. So, pack your bags and start practicing how to say Happy New Year in Hawaii: Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
* Honolulu’s Aloha Tower Marketplace will ring in 2010 with New Year’s Eve celebration featuring waterfront dining, live entertainment throughout the marketplace and a spectacular fireworks display over Honolulu Harbor at midnight. Several Aloha Tower restaurants will host special menus and packages for the evening. (This fireworks show is usually the biggest on the island.) If you’re looking for an extra special place to dine here, check out multi-award winning Chai Island Bistro. (See my review of Chai Island Bistro.) Visit AlohaTower.com or call (808) 566-2377 for more information.
* One way to celebrate New Year’s Eve and then see the midnight fireworks from Honolulu Harbor is aboard the Star of Honolulu. They have several different cruise packages for dinner, cocktails, as well as shows. Visit StarofHonolulu.com or call (808) 983-7827 for more information.
* In Kapolei, Wet n Wild water park provides an early fireworks display on New Year’s Eve beginning at 6pm to accommodate families with children who may not want to stay up late. Celebrate the end-of-the year with a spectacular fireworks display by the world renowned Grucci Brothers. Arrive early to enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, games and tons of prizes. Visit WetnWild or call (808) 674-9283 for more information.
* JW Marriott Ihilani Resort in the Ko’Olina area of Kapolei will put on a midnight New Year’s Eve fireworks show. A couple of the .JW Marriott Ihilani Resort restaurants, Ushio-Tei Japanese Restaurant and Naupaka Terrace will offer buffets earlier in the evening. Call (808) 679-0079 for more information.
* Waikiki Beach New Year’s Eve fireworks – at midnight, enjoy watching the night sky light up with fireworks on the world famous, Waikiki Beach. (CONFIRMED per the Waikiki Beach Improvement Association!)
* Don’t forget that every Friday night, there’s a fireworks show in Waikiki. If you happen to miss the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, then you can see a nice little show on New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Eve Waikiki Dining & Concerts
* The major Starwoods resorts of Waikiki have several options to celebrate New Years Eve — ranging from lavish buffets to multi-course fine dining to dancing with the Village People. The individual pages are not “linkable” so visit NewYearsEveInWaikiki.com directly and navigate from there for all their menus, costs and for information on how to see the Village People concert.
* At Waikiki’s Hilton Hawaiian Village, The Stylistics will be playing at the Coral Ballroom. See this flyer for a bit more concert information. Advanced reserved table seats for $49 and are currently on sale at Ticketmaster outlets including the Blaisdell Box Office, Macy’s and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket price includes one standard drink per person, OR one bottle of champagne per couple, inclusive of tax and tip. Also at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, you’ll find some nice dinner options:
- Bali Steak & Seafood offers a special New Year’s Eve six-course dinner starting at $150
- Rainbow Lanai Restaurant has a New Year’s Eve buffet (menu) for $59 for adults and $32 for children.
* Just about every restaurant in Waikiki and Honolulu will be open and offering something special to celebrate the evening. Where are the best Oahu restaurants? Here’s a couple of excellent lists:
- Oahu’s top restaurants from a local’s perspective
- Go Visit Hawaii’s pick of the best Oahu restaurants plus useful links.
* The award winning, Chef Mavro has a fancy multi-course dinner.
Off-Beat New Year’s Eve Ideas
* If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do, then consider a treasure hunt in downtown Honolulu and Chinatown with the Fourth Annual Ravenchase Quest for Father Time. 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.
* The Hilton Hawaiian Village will hold its popular Waikiki Starlight Luau at a special venue – the Lagoon Green – next to the picturesque Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. Prices for the luau are $125 for adults, $77.50 for children ages 4 to 11; children 3 and under are free. Golden Circle tickets for seats closer the stage are $4 more for each ticket. A sumptuous dinner buffet is offered featuring a modern twist on traditional luau fare. The Waikiki Starlight Luau features the beautiful ladies and gentlemen of Tihati Productions in a Polynesian show. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the hotel at (808) 941-5828.