Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Special Celebrations 2023/2024

Aloha and welcome to our annual Maui New Year’s Eve guide!

Wailea Beach New Year’s Eve Fireworks as viewed from the beautiful grounds of the Grand Wailea Resort. Photo courtesy of Grand Wailea Resort.Is Maui your destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve to welcome in the new year? What an amazing island to celebrate the arrival of 2024!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Maui

We are pleased to confirm that there will be midnight New Year’s Eve fireworks  at the beach that fronts the Grand Wailea Resort! Traditionally, these fireworks shoot from a barge just off the coast, as such, the fireworks can be visible from some surrounding areas. If you are staying in one of the Wailea area resorts ask the staff at your hotel for advice on where to view the fireworks.

If you are not staying in the Wailea area, we have some helpful suggestions. One of the best ways to see the Wailea fireworks show is to take a special New Year’s Eve tour boat cruise. There are several options to consider:

  • Pacific Whale Foundation is offering a number of New Year’s Eve cocktail cruises with fireworks viewing. These cruises depart from Ma’alaea Harbor. See this link for a listing of their special New Year’s Eve cruises from Pacific Whale Foundation.(When checking availability, make sure that you are choosing the date of 12/31/2023 as their booking engine sometimes automatically advances the cruise into the next year of availability when a particular cruise is sold out.)
  • Pride of Maui offers a New Year’s Eve cruise departing from Ma’alaea Harbor. We have been on a sunset dinner sail with Pride of Maui and they do a nice job. This cruise typically sell out quickly. As of the end of November, there is still availability.
  • Trilogy has added an adults-only fireworks cocktail cruise departing from Ma’alaea Harbor. See this link for more information. (Added 12/26)
  • Alii Nui has a New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise with food and drink. It’s pricy, 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 typically sells out in advance and we’ve confirmed that it is already sold out for the upcoming New Year’s Eve.

Due to the Lahaina fire in August, even Lahaina Harbor was heavily damaged. Some tour boats were destroyed. So, there are a limited number of resources this year. If you are considering one of the New Year’s Eve cruise options, you would be wise to book sooner rather than later.

If the fireworks cruises are booked and/or do not appeal to you, consider spending a lovely evening in Wailea and hang out for the midnight fireworks show. There are some great restaurants and places to grab a refreshing drink in the Wailea area.

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.

If there’s a particular restaurant you want to book for New Year’s Eve, 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.

A really good site to help you research restaurants that have reservations available is

New Year’s Eve Luau Options on Maui

Going to a luau and enjoying the pageantry of the Polynesian dances is a fun and unique way to enjoy the holiday evening. You can check out our Maui luau list for reviews of these luaus. We’ll note companies that are offering a luau on New Year’s Eve luau:

New Year’s Eve luau options in Wailea

With the fireworks show anticipated in Wailea (from an ocean barge fronting the Grand Wailea Resort) a luau in the area would be a fun way to spend the early part of the night, hang out in the area and then, hopefully, see the midnight fireworks. The following Wailea luau companies are operating their luaus on New Year’s Eve:

  • Te Au Moana at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort has two shows for New Year’s Eve, including a later seating at 9pm. This luau is near the same beach that fronts the Grand Wailea where the midnight fireworks take place.
  • Feast at Mokapu at the Andaz Maui at Wailea offers two seatings, including a special 9pm seating for New Year’s Eve.
  • Luau at Grand Wailea Resort sold out for 2023/2024
New Year’s Eve luau options in Kaanapali/Kapalua area

New Year’s Eve Parties on Maui for New Year’s Eve 2023/2024

Here are some opportunities to dance your way into 2024 this New Year’s Eve on Maui.

  • Taverna in Kapalua is hosting a Maui New Year’s Eve Party with live music and a midnight balloon drop. , photo booth and midnight balloon drop. See this link for more information.
  • Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea – New Year’s Eve Party with Island Soul. Note some ticket options include dinner. See this link for the details.
  • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa hosts their First Annual New Year’s Eve Soiree at The Lanai for guests of the resort.

Many of the luxury resorts offer special New Year’s Eve parties, too. They’re generally not advertised as they want to reserve the space for guests of their hotel. So, check directly with your resort for special holiday events.

Additional Notes:

  • 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.
  • Please note that events are subject to change without notice.
  • 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.
  • If this is your first visit to Maui at a holiday, you’ll find the following articles to be helpful for your planning:
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      1. They don’t shoot from land. I know what you mean about where you’re looking from, but they shoot from the water.

        1. Yes, we know that they shoot from a barge that’s about 700 feet from the shoreline. What we don’t know is how visible they’ll be from 5 or more miles away.

    1. As we say in the article, for any resort beyond Wailea, ask a local if you can see the fireworks from where you’ll be staying.

    1. We’ve enjoyed Kimos when we’ve dine there. We are not aware of any special, organized activities (like fireworks or a street party) going on in Lahaina for New Year’s Eve.

  1. What time are the fireworks- at midnight or earlier. We are staying at the Fairmont, so we should be good to see from there?

    1. Midnight. The display normally shoots from a barge several hundred feet off shore to try to make it as visible as possible for the Wailea resort area. The barge is directly off shore from Wailea Beach at the Four Seasons and Grand Wailea. Double check with the concierge at the Fairmont for best viewing advice.

  2. We will be at the Westin Ka’anapali. Do any locals know of what is happening in that area for New Years Eve.

  3. I understand the fireworks will be projected from approx 700 feet off shore, and I also understand it will be in the Wailea area… but is there a more specific area where the boat will be across? Eg if across from big beach, people in Kihei probably won’t be able to see. But if across say from Days Inn resort or 4 season resort, Kihei residents would most likely have some sort of view.

    Thank you.

    1. It’s typically off Wailea Beach fronting Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Wailea, but we haven’t been able to verify that this year.

    1. We cannot guarantee it because we’ve not gotten confirmation directly from a Wailea source, however, we have seen multiple indicators that there will be be fireworks tonight.

  4. Do you know if the Wailea Beach is open to public (not guests of either of the nearby resorts) for firework viewing?

    1. All beaches in Hawaii are open to the public with very few exceptions. So, yes, Wailea Beach is open to the public.

  5. We have the early luau at Marriott Wailea on NYE 2023/2024. I tried to get 9pm, but it was full. I am tempted to remain happy with my res b/c it will have sunset. Suggestions for what to do for the four hours we’ll need to wait for fireworks? We are staying at Hyatt in Kaanapali and wouldn’t want to drive there and back for fireworks, and I’m sure we really could not reach them in traffic. Thanks!

    1. There’s a really nice pathway that hugs the coastline in Wailea. You could use it to walk from resort to resort to explore them. They are all beautiful resorts. Perhaps grab a drink at them. Some of the resorts have shops, so if they are open, you could have a look around.

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