Is Maui your destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2021? What an amazing island to say goodbye to 2020 and aloha to 2021!
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, celebrations will be more subdued compared to normal. Here are some suggestions to celebrate thisNew Year’s Eve, December 31, 2020, on Maui.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Maui
Local residents across the island put on informal displays. So, there’s a chance for you to see fireworks even if there are no formal shows near your accommodation.
As far as formal fireworks go, for many years running, the island’s biggest fireworks show is held in Wailea on the beach fronting the beautiful Grand Wailea, but unfortunately, we have not seen any indicators that they’ll host them again this year. Check with your resort’s concierge, particularly if you are staying in Wailea, for any advice on viewing potential New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Whether there are formal or informal fireworks shows, one of the best ways to see either is by a special New Year’s Eve cruise. There are several options to consider:
- Pacific Whale Foundation is offering a number of New Year’s Eve cocktail cruises that depart from either Ma’alaea or Lahaina harbors. Lahaina Harbor is closer to the West Maui resorts, but parking in Lahaina can be challenging at times. Ma’alaea Harbor is closer to Wailea than Lahaina, but parking is much available in the large parking lot by the Maui Ocean Center. When checking availability, make sure that you are choosing the date of 12/31/2020 as their booking engine sometimes automatically advances the cruise into the next year of availability when a particular cruise is sold out. The fireworks cruises on Pacific Whale Foundation are open to both adults and children. Pricing starts at $95 per child and $135 per adult plus tax. See this link for a listing of their special New Year’s Eve cruises.
- Alii Nui’s has an adults-only New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise with food and drink. It’s pricy at $299 per person, but it does include transportation from most hotels to and from the cruise harbor, which is very convenient for this holiday. We have taken one of their snorkel cruises and they do a nice job. This cruise will sell out.
- Waitlisted: Pride of Maui offers a New Year’s Eve cruise for $149 per person. We have been on a sunset dinner sail with Pride of Maui and they do a nice job.
New Year’s Eve Dining on Maui
Many of Maui’s restaurants will offer a festive environment to celebrate the evening. If you are staying in a resort, chances are that the restaurant(s) at your resort will be offering a special dinner. Check with your concierge to learn more about the options that will be convenient to you.
A really good site to help you research restaurants that have reservations available is OpenTable.com. Some of our favorite Maui restaurants that are open for New Year’s Eve are:
- Duke’s Beach House at Houna Kai Resort in North Kaanapali offers an open-air, casual atmosphere. Save room for a hula pie dessert.
- Hula Grill in Kaanapali is right by the beach. Their Barefoot Bar, which serves a limited menu, has tables in the sand.
- Pacific’O is on the beach in Lahaina. They serve mostly locally sourced, organic ingredients.
- Kimo’s sits on a prime ocean front space in Lahaina town with open-air seating. The atmosphere is lively.
Special New Year’s Eve Luau
The following luau companies are offering a special luau for New Year’s Eve:
- Holiday Luau at Grand Wailea – see this link for more information.
- Other luaus may be open on New Year’s Eve at their standard opening times – generally starting between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. See our list of Maui luaus.
We recommend you secure your desired dinner reservation as quickly as possible. If you book at a restaurant that is not at your resort, we recommend you inquire about parking options so that you are prepared. Some venues have valet-only parking while others may have ample self-parking.
- We aim to keep this list of New Year’s Eve events updated as we are made aware of information. So, do check back for more details.
- Pick up a copy of the Maui News, the island’s newspaper, when you’re on Maui to find more information and advertisements for additional dining, parties and celebrations around the island.
- While you’re in Maui start practicing the phrase Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, which is how to say Happy New Year in Hawaii.
- Please note that events are subject to change without notice.