Hawaii Big Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations 2018/2019


Hawaii’s Big Island offers wonderful celebrations to greet the new year. Here are our top picks of New Year’s Eve 2018/2019 for where to have a special New Year’s Eve dinner and/or party and midnight fireworks.

– Hilo Bay will host their first-ever New Year’s Eve Fireworks show at midnight. This show is free and open to the public. (For something unique, consider KapohoKine Adventures’ special paddle out to watch the fireworks plus a champagne toast for $89.)

– Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast is hosting a Journey into 2019 New Year’s Eve celebration that includes dinner buffet, activities for kids of all ages, show, DJ dance party and a midnight fire extravaganza show.  For party reservations and more information, call 808-326-4969.

– The hotels in Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast are offering several special New Year’s Eve dinners and a luau. See this link for more information.

Four Seasons Haulalai (north of Kona) presents their annual New Year’s Eve gala including a fireworks show at midnight. Contact the resort for dining availability and reservations.

Notes:

  • Additional Big Island resorts and restaurants will be offering special dining and New Year’s Eve events. If we have not mentioned your resort, check directly with them. This list is not intended to be comprehensive. It’s a list of place where we’d personally like to spend New Year’s Eve on Hawaii’s Big Island.
  • A few Kohala Coast hotels typically host beachside fireworks shows, however they don’t widely advertise them due to limited parking. With the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel being closed for renovations this year, probably the hotel that’s most likely to host fireworks would be the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. That is purely speculation on our part. Check with them regarding what they’re offering and/or booking a room or special dining package.
  • For more New Year’s Eve dining options on the Big Island, check OpenTable.com. Note that you can modify the search criteria for the number of people in your party, time, etc.

We wish you a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, which is how you say Happy New Year in Hawaiian!

19 comments

  1. Kathleen Andresen

    Looking for New years eve event for my two sons who will be visiting 21 &25.

    • Kathleen – we’ll be updating this page in December, when venues announce what they’re offering. Usually the same venues offer very similar New Year’s Eve celebrations year after year, but with a price increase. So, there will likely be the same events this year. If any of these events appeal to your sons, that’s great, but if they are looking for something else, they should pick up a copy of the local newspaper when they’re on the island to check for other events/parties/celebrations.

      • Sheila, anything happening on the big island near the volcano Kilauea? Maybe a midnight walk to see Kilauea’s glow and a celebration toast? Is there anything going on near volcanos national park?

      • Aloha Sheila,

        My name is Tammie, I’m the PR Manager at the Sheraton Kona. Thank you for featuring our resort in the Go Visit Hawaii NYE article. I noticed that the above information for our resort is outdated. I’d love the opportunity to send you our holiday and NYE events for 2015/2016. We have an assortment of activities taking place to celebrate the holidays and New Year. I can be reached at tammie.carpenter@sheraton.com. Happy holidays!

        • Aloha Tammie, what you previous saw hadn’t been updated for this new season. It has now been updated for New Year’s Eve 2015/2016.

  2. How about a general fireworks show for the community? In Kauai they have one at Poipu for everyone free of charge at about 9:30. Does anything like that exist here?

  3. Aloha,is there any firework shows happening in Kailua Kona?

  4. Hi!

    Where are the best New Years’ eve fireworks in Hawaii? We’re planning out our itinerary and are keen to watch the fireworks as our 2 year old daughter loves them!

    Please do advise.

    • It’s difficult to say which fireworks display is best for a number of reasons. At this point, we don’t have confirmation from all the usual venues as to if they will be hosting fireworks this year or not. Sometimes funding for fireworks shows in Hawaii can be iffy even days or weeks in advance. Chances are there will be fireworks somewhere on each island, whether organized or informal. Check back in December when more of the venues will have announced what they plan to offer.

  5. Anything going on on the Hilo side? My boyfriend and I are 30 and want to check what’s happening in the area.

    • Hilo side is more laid back than the Kona side. There may be special New Year’s Eve events going on on the Hilo side, but we are currently not aware of any big events. Check with your host/concierge and also pick up a copy of the local paper when your on island.

  6. Do you have to attend the parties to enjoy the fireworks? Is there anywhere you can just go to enjoy the fireworks without having to pay for it?

    • There aren’t any organized, professional fireworks displays planned for the general public for New Year’s Eve this year, unfortunately.

      By the way, all beaches in Hawaii are open to the public. Finding parking can sometimes be a big challenge, though.

    • I like heading up the hill into Waikoloa Highlands where you can watch 3 different displays from the nice hotels up there.

  7. what about new years options for the big island for 2018/2019?

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