Please see our New Year 2013 update.
If you’re in Hawaii now, or plan to celebrate a future New Year’s Eve with us in the future, I have an update on events happening around the state.
There’s no chill in the air. Winter weather is lovely in the islands, with nights in the 60’s and daytime highs still touching the 80 degree mark. The Pacific Ocean water temperature is cooler, but still in the comfortable 70’s – it doesn’t reach its coldest until about March. In short, there’s no better place to be. Even our president chooses Hawaii for his winter vacation.
See traditional fireworks displays on all the islands. You can view them from land or sea. There are also cruises timed during the fireworks on Oahu and Maui plus parties galore.
The Ko Olina Resort on Oahu’s windward side will likely be having Hawaii’s largest fireworks extravaganza. It’s where Disney’s new Aulani Resort is located and their show is said to include over $100,000 in pyrotechnics.
Waikiki will have traditional fireworks at midnight. Alternatively, you can enjoy what is reputed to be Hawaii’s largest New Year’s Eve block party at the Aloha Tower. It includes 6 stages and 20 DJ’s.
Between the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, you can watch fireworks at midnight. The display takes place at a barge off-shore from the resort.
Mauna Kea had a dusting of snow on Christmas. It’s warm at the beach, however, were you can gather for entertainment and fireworks at Kailua-Kona. Also check the resorts on the Kohala Coast.
At Poipu Beach Park there’s the annual New Year’s Eve music fest and fireworks celebration. It starts at 5pm with music, food and activities. Fireworks begin at 9:15. We’re happy to be one of the sponsors of the event.
Do it yourself fireworks:
If you’d like to have your own private show, that is still doable for the most part here in Hawaii. Fireworks go on sale today and can only be set off legally from 9pm through 1am on New Year’s Eve. On Oahu a fireworks ban means that permits are required for fire crackers among other things.
If you know of any firework celebrations we missed, or have updates, please be sure to comment.