The Italians wear red underwear for good luck. The Japanese eat soba noodles for longevity and the Spaniards eat 12 grapes at the strike of midnight for good measure. Regardless of where you’re from, you’ll find the island offers myriad options to celebrate New Years Eve.
From libations to feasts, here are some ideas on how to spend the last hours of 2017. So whether it's a Masquerade Ball at the Kahala Hotel & Resort or an over-the-top "Kaleidoscope" penthouse party at the Moana Surfrider, it's not too late to make plans.
Sponsored by the members of the Waikiki Improvement Association, the spectacular fireworks show from a barge just off shore starts at 11:55 pm with one announcement firework every minute before midnight. Then at midnight, the big fireworks show begins. If you have a radio nearby, tune in to Hawaiian 105 KINE FM to enjoy music timed with the fireworks. This fireworks show is free and open to the public. You can watch the display from the beach.
The New Years Eve Party of the Year will be a two-night event. The festivities kick off on Saturday, Dec. 30, at Aloha Stadium, with Grammy award-winning group The Chainsmokers, at 5 pm. The party kicks into high gear on Sunday, Dec. 31, with doors opening at 7 pm, at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Entertainment includes Walshy Fire of Major Lazer. There will also be more than 30 bands and DJs on multiple stages, Eat the Street food trucks, and Hawaii's Largest New Year's fireworks show. Single-day tickets start at $45.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort will play host to a Kahala Masquerade Ball 2018 that includes a buffet, music and midnight fireworks. Pricing starts at $200 for adult guests of the hotel. Pricing for non-guests is $250. Tickets include complimentary festive hats, tiaras and beads at check-in. Noisemakers will be distributed at 11:30 pm to chime in the New Year.
New Year’s Eve Party at RumFire will feature multiple DJs for their New Year’s Eve Celebration: The Seven Kingdoms. Deejays and live entertainment will keep the night rocking as revelers conquer the ultimate celebration through the kingdoms of RumFire, Helumoa Pool, Infinity Edge Pool and the Edge of Waikiki, all with spectacular oceanfront views of the midnight fireworks off Waikiki.Guests must be age 21 years and older. Tickets start at $120.
SKY Waikiki plays host to its own New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party. This event includes hors d’oeurves, hosted bar and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight while enjoying the midnight Waikiki fireworks. Ticket packages start at $150.
Tiki’s Grill and Bar at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel will hold its Tiki Drop 2018, which features live bands, DJs and a front-row view of the Waikiki Beach fireworks show. Note that entrance into the party is free if you have the four-course New Year’s Eve dinner priced at $79 per person.
53 By The Sea has established itself as the black-tie New Year’s Eve destination with extravagant themes to match. This year, the restaurant plans to ring in 2018 with “Monte Carlo Casino Night.” General admission ($150 per person, $250 per couple) includes casino cash, gourmet hors-d'oeuvres, drink/cigar tickets, midnight champagne toast and party favors. The casino cash can also be redeemed for raffle tickets.
And last but certainly not least, “Kaleidoscope” at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, will be pure indulgence, starting with the location: the property's ocean-view penthouse in the Tower Wing of the First Lady of Waikiki. From seafood decadence and frosty libations to sizzling bites, fiery cocktails and a Dom Pérignon toast, this New Year's Eve fête is like no other. And the cost for this extravaganza reflects this: at $750 per person, this will touts to be an eve to remember.