Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Special Celebrations 2021/2022

Is Maui your destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2022? What an amazing island to say goodbye to 2021 and aloha to 2022!

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 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.
  • Merriman’s Kapalua hosts a four-course holiday dinner. See this link for more information. This restaurant is oceanfront.
  • Cane and Canoe at Montage Kapalua has a special five-course dinner with champagne pairing. See this link for the menu.

New Year’s Eve Luau 

Going to a luau and enjoying the pageantry of the Polynesian dances is a fun and unique way to enjoy the holiday evening. Luaus have reopened after closures due to COVID, but a lot has changed with luaus from “the old normal.” With social distancing, the capacity of luaus has decreased. As such, it’s difficult to get a reservation unless you’re booking far in advance.

We’ll note companies that are offering a  New Year’s Eve luau, but many we’ve checked from our contacts and Maui luau list are sold out for 2021/2022. So, we’ll identify the sold-out luaus as of December 9th in gray font.

  • Feast at Mokapu at Andaz Maui in Wailea has a special New Year’s Eve luau with a special 9pm late start. See this link for more information. (As of December 9, this luau has availability.)
  • Holiday Luau at Grand Wailea – see this link for more information. (Sold out for 2021/2022.)
  • Wailele Luau at the Westin Maui – see this link for more information. (Sold out for 2021/2022.) 

New Year’s Eve Parties on Maui

Here are some opportunities to put on your dancing shoes for New Year’s Eve on Maui.

  • Taverna in Kapalua is hosting a Maui New Year’s Eve Party with a DJ, dance floor, photo booth and midnight balloon drop. See this link for more information.
  • Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina hosts All That Glitters & Gold 2022 party with food, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. See this link for more information.
  • Down The Hatch Maui in Lahaina is hosting a Alice-In-Wonderland-themed New Year’s Eve party called NYE 2022 – Down the Rabbit Hatch. See this link for the details.
  • Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea is hosting a 2022 Near Years Eve party with live music and the option for either dinner and show or show-only. This restaurant has ocean views. (Added 12/28)
  • Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kihei hosts an special New Year’s Eve Party – Kanekoa Back to the Eighties. This is a benefit event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii. See this link for more information. (Added 12/28)
  • 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.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Maui

Wailea resort traditionally puts on a big fireworks show in front of the Grand Wailea Resort, but that was canceled in 2020. Will they have a fireworks show for New Year’s Eve 2021/2022? Wailea New Year’s Eve fireworks are not widely publicized due to limited parking in the area. As such, the area resorts keep a tight lip on the festivities. We are seeing/hearing solid signs that there will be midnight fireworks this year.

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 in Wailea. Whether there are formal or informal fireworks shows, one of the best ways to see either is by a special New Year’s Eve tour boat cruise. These tours book quickly – some months in advance. As of our December 9 check, several have sold out and we’re identifying them with gray text. 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 12/31/2021 as their booking engine sometimes automatically advances the cruise into the next year of availability when a particular cruise is sold out.) See this link for a listing of their special New Year’s Eve cruises from Pacific Whale Foundation.
  • Alii Nui has an adults-only 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.
  • Pride of Maui offers a New Year’s Eve cruise. We have been on a sunset dinner sail with Pride of Maui and they do a nice job. They typically sell out quickly.
  • Kai Kanani offers special New Year’s Eve fireworks cruises departing from South Maui, which is convenient for folks who are staying in Kihei, Wailea and Makena. See this link for more information.

Important Maui COVID Restrictions

If you will be visiting Maui this holiday season, there are several COVID-19 rules and restrictions that you need to know. First, before you travel to Hawaii, make sure you are fully aware of and follow Hawaii’s travel rules so that you can bypass the 10-day quarantine. Another statewide rule is an indoor mask mandate. Everyone must wear a mask indoors in public.

Next, visitors need to be aware of the specific rules that Maui has for access to restaurants, bars, gyms, museums, concerts, etc. On Maui, fully vaccinated customers are allowed indoors at restaurants, bars, gyms, museums. Non-vaccinated customers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours to dine indoors. Non-vaccinated customers may dine outside without proof of testing. These rules apply to persons age 12 years and up. See this link to Maui Nui Strong and this link to Maui county government for more details.

Please note that these rules are subject to change.

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.
  • 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.
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23 comments
        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. 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.

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