New Year’s Eve in Hawaii – What’s On

***   For New Year’s Eve this year, see these links:

Waikiki/Honolulu New Year’s Eve

Maui New Year’s Eve

Kauai New Year’s Eve

Big Island New Year’s Eve


Note that the below list is for 2008 events for reference purposes only.



Hawaii knows how to throw a New Year’s Eve party. Whether you’re looking for a romantic special dinner, lavish buffet, dance party or fireworks, you’ll be sure to find plenty going on. If you’re one of the lucky ones in Hawaii for New Year’s Eve, here are links to the major events you’ll find on the islands tonight:

No matter where you welcome in 2009, I wish you a very happy and healthy new year or as they say in Hawaii, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou !

  1. Happy New Year everyone, and have a great 2009!!!

  2. Happy New Year Sheila! Looking forward to following your blog in 2009 and wishing you and Andy a prosperous and year! A hui hou!

  3. Aloha Kris & Nathan,

    I hope 09 is a great one for both of you!

  4. Hi, one website posts that the band Foreigner playing at the Waikiki Sheraton on New Year’s Eve, and another says it is Cindy Lauper??
    Do you know if Foreigner really is playing over there??
    I would be interested in seeing them, but not Cindy Lauper.

    Please let me know by email, thanks

    1. Greta – Foreigner and Cyndi Lauper are from the past two years. I checked with my Starwoods Hawaii contact, and this year the Village People will be performing at Sheraton Waikiki.

  5. oh, boy, need to update those websites!!
    Not interested in the Village People. Do you have a list of other events please? Preferrable not at a club, because my daughter is under 21.
    Do you have a restaurant or hotel event you can reccommend, that has a show and that teens are allowed in, please?
    I would appreciate a reply.

    1. Greta – I’m not sure if you’re referring to my website or others that need to be updated. I do try to make a point of identifying what year each list is for. Though in the body of the post I say it’s to ring in 2009, I probably should have put 2008 in the title and I’ve updated that.

      I don’t make any money off these lists and actually they are very time consuming to prepare, but I do it as a service so that visitors can find some of Hawaii’s excellent events to celebrate New Years Eve. Basically this site is a labor of aloha, if you will, that I practically write for free. 🙂

      I wish I had a magic answer today for you for your New Years Eve. Unfortunately, the hotels and restaurants haven’t released any official details for Christmas, much less New Years Eve yet. I just posted the Thanksgiving list yesterday and even then I was having to pry out the information.

      Though I don’t have confirmation yet, the Aloha Tower usually puts on the biggest fireworks event of the year on New Years Eve. It’s the biggest in all of Hawaii. By all accounts, it’s really spectacular. In addition, there’s restaurants and live music to enjoy before the big midnight fireworks. It’s a pretty economical way to enjoy the evening and it’s very family-friendly. Does that sound like something you and your daughter would like?

      Have you subscribed to free daily updates at Go Visit Hawaii? If so, you’ll receive the list of New Years Eve events the day they are published on the site. Here’s how to subscribe:

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