New Years in Hawaii | Hawaii Fireworks

New Years in Hawaii | Hawaii Fireworks

With Christmas over, all thoughts move to New Years in Hawaii. ”Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” as we like to say here. A time of celebration, with some unique Hawaii style flare.

New Years in Hawaii

The new year arrives in Hawaii last (well nearly last – there is one more time zone to the west which is Midway and American Samoa. When the New Year does finally arrive in Hawaii, it will do so in island style including fireworks, parties, food, drink, beach activities and more.

Hawaii’s diverse ethnic population ensures a unique, rich New Year, a Hawaiian fusion of traditions. That starts with fireworks. Hawaii’s deep Chinese roots brought these to the islands a very long time ago.

New Years in Hawaii is a great time to celebrate. The warm winter weather and an ocean temperature still in the  70′s makes this the perfect place to start the year.

Food traditions abound for New Years celebrations in Hawaii. Favorites include Mochi pounding, for the creation of Japanese rice cakes. Others are Portuguese bean soup,  Filipine pork adobo and Chinese dumplings.

Hawaii Fireworks

You’re sure to find a plethora of  fireworks displays this year on all the Hawaiian islands. Firecrackers now require a permit on all islands.

There will be traditional fireworks displays on all islands, many of which can be viewed from land or by sea via cruises timed during the fireworks on Oahu and Maui.


  • Waikiki continues its tradition of  fireworks at midnight launched from a barge just off shore. Watch either from the beach or from the water via local Waikiki cruise companies.
  • The Ko Olina Resort, nearby Disney Aulani on Oahu’s windward side, will host one of the state’s largest fireworks extravaganza along its four lagoons. You can view the Ko Olina fireworks either on shore or by sea via Ko Olina Marina catamaran cruises.
  • Hawaii’s largest New Year’s Eve block party will again take place at the Aloha Tower. This year there will be 8 stages plus street performers, a fashion show, exhibits and more.
  • Kaka`ako Beach Park. The third annual “party of the year” takes place at the Kaka’ako Beach Park Amphitheater. A free public area will host over 30 food trucks, live entertainment, DJs, fire dancers, a beer garden, and of course the firework show.


  • Between the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, you can again watch traditional fireworks at midnight. The display is shot from an off-shore barge.
  • Even remote Hana will have midnight fireworks, courtesy of Travaasa Resort.


  • At Poipu Beach Park you’ll find the annual Kauai New Year’s Eve music fest and fireworks celebration. This is great fun! It starts at 5pm with food, music and activities. Fireworks begin at 9:15. Beat of Hawaii will be there and we’re glad to be one of the event sponsors again this year.

Big Island

  • Entertainment and fireworks is an annual event at Kailua-Kona town.


  • New Years Eve fireworks will be found at Manele Bay.

If you’d like to have your own fireworks display, that is still possible too here in Hawaii. Fireworks go on sale today December 26, and can only be set off legally from 9pm through 1am on New Year’s Eve.

If you know of any firework celebrations we missed, or have updates, please let us know.

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