New Year’s Day in Hawaii

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Fireworks and beachfront parties are in great abundance in Hawaii on New Year’s Eve, but how will you spend the first day of the year in the islands?

There are plenty of New Year’s Day activities to enjoy in Hawaii. Here are a few of our favorites:

Catch the first sunrise on the annual First Day Hike

The lookout at the top of the Makapuʻu Trail.

The First Day Hike has become a popular annual tradition across the United States, with state parks sponsoring hikes on January 1 across the nation.

If you’re looking for exhilarating, unique New Year’s Day activities on Oahu, we highly recommend checking out the 50th State’s version of the First Day Hike: it’s among the best-attended in the country — with as many as 700 people attending in previous years — and for good reason.

The early morning hike along Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline takes you to the Makapuu Lookout, where you can watch the first sunrise of the New Year with sweeping ocean views.

The hike is about a mile long up a gradual, paved path and is not particularly strenuous. Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources generally opens the park gates at 5 a.m. and coordinates the traditional blowing of the pu (conch shell) and a drum performance at the top as the sun rises.

Get your shopping fix with sales and fukubukuro deals

Malls and stores throughout the islands offer New Year’s Day deals, including a huge sale event at Ala Moana Center on Oahu each year, but perhaps among the more exciting shopping traditions is fukubukuro.

The Japanese tradition features “lucky bags” filled with random, often limited-availability contents and sold at a significant discount. The only catch is, you can’t see what’s in the bag before you make your purchase.

Many stores around the islands offer fukubukuro deals. On Oahu, you’ll find them at Ala Moana Center, International Marketplace and Royal Hawaiian Center, among other places.

Get in some recreation and relaxation at the beach

Hawaii’s beach parks are open on New Year’s Day, and what better way to set the tone for the year than by soaking in some sun and relaxation at one of the islands’ picturesque beaches?

Surf, bodyboard, swim, snorkel, barbecue, sunbathe and people-watch; it’s hard to go wrong!

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