Hauoli Makahiki Hou! Ringing in the 2020 New Year!

By Hawaii.com Team

Few places match the gorgeous Hawaiian Islands when it comes to the unique and incredible array of opportunities for ringing in the new year. We’ve compiled some of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Hawaii, so read on to discover your perfect place to celebrate one fabulous new circle around the sun!

New Year’s Eve on Oahu

New Year's Eve in Hawaii Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Joe Solem.

Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Joe Solem.

With a hearty “Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!” — meaning Happy New Year here in Hawaii — the island of Oahu issues its annual invitation for one and all to come and enjoy dazzling and delightful displays of light and hopeful cheer for the coming year! The most popular of Oahu’s New Year’s Eve fetes is Waikiki’s annual fireworks show — stretching for blocks. Held on December 31, attendees of this huge event will enjoy live entertainment across numerous staged areas, complete with concerts, DJs, street fare and more, plus the grand finale of fireworks at midnight!

Island wide, there are also several combo events, which feature a climax of sparkling fireworks that yearly take place, many of which are hosted by the larger local hotels, like Ko Olina Resort, The Moana Surfrider and Kahala Hotel. And for those seeking an alternative to landlubber parties, the Star of Honolulu offers its Special New Year’s Eve Cruises to ring in the new year by sea!

New Year’s Eve on Maui

New Year's Eve in Hawaii Fireworks at the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. Photo: Peter Liu.

Fireworks at the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. Photo: Peter Liu.

If the Valley Isle is where your vacation takes you, Maui has more than its fair share of sizzling and sensational New Year’s Eve festivities. Embrace the coming 365 days by choosing among a deluge of delightful options, including Maui’s most beloved and memorizing fireworks, which are usually held annually in Wailea and are best viewed from Wailea resorts, like the Grand Wailea Resort and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, as well as surrounding areas — so you could have a rocking NYE without ever having to leave your hotel!

Maui also has options for welcoming the new year over water via various cruises, including cocktail cruises departing from Maʻalaea and Lāhaina harbors (hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation), celebratory New Year’s Eve cruises with the Pride of Maui and Aliʻi Nui’s adults-only New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise, complete with food and drink.

New Year’s Eve on Big Island

Go Big or come home for 2020 and opt to enjoy your New Year’s Eve on the Big Island amid a flurry of exciting offerings, including many of the local, luxe resorts opening their doors (and offering their sandy shores) to welcome guests to bountiful holiday buffets followed by literal fire in the sky! Among recent year’s numerous hotels annually welcoming hungry revelers to ring in the New Year together are Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Fairmont Orchid, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, Waikoloa Beach Resort and Sheraton Kona Resort in Keauhou!

New Year’s Eve on Kauai

New Year's Eve in Hawaii

Photo: A. Strakey.

Partying it up on Kauai? You’re in for a treat, as tropical breeze and events brimming with good times await at Poʻipū Beach Park. Here, on December 31, attendees may look forward to a lively gathering featuring food trucks, live entertainment, a movie under the stars, keiki activities and, of course, an impressive display of fireworks.

No matter whether you find yourself on Oahu or a neighboring island, Hawaii has you and your New Year’s Eve covered and promises to send you into 2020 with a great big “Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!”

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