Hawaii Big Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations 2020/2021

Well, 2020 strikes again! Sadly, there aren’t many special events on the Big Island for this coming New Year’s Eve. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Hawaii, New Year’s Eve is going to be pretty it’s going to be a relatively low-key all across the state.

As far as we know, there will not be any official fireworks shows that are open to the public. Any fireworks viewing will be of informal displays courtesy of local residents. (Hawaii does love fireworks!)

In normal years, we provide a list of some special celebrations, but this year isn’t normal, unfortunately. Check directly with your resort/concierge for any special events they may be offering where you are staying. Some of the higher-end hotels on the Kohala Coast, in particular, may have a special celebration that is not being advertised to the general public in order to limit crowd sizes due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are quite a few restaurants open on New Year’s Eve. They’ll be festive for the evening. A great place to check for both reservations, reviews and restaurant information is at OpenTable.com. Here’s a link that’s pre-populated with search criteria for two at 6pm on December 31, 2020. Use the dropdown menu at the top, along with the options on the left side to customize the result to your interests.

While searching for special dining options, we found this special prix-fixe holiday menu at Merriman’s in Waimea. Hopefully in 2021, there will be many more options to list.

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

19 comments
    1. 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.

      1. 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?

      2. 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!

        1. 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.

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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?

    1. 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.

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

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