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.
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.
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.
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.