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.