Another Hawaii New Year’s Eve is upon us. As always, Hawaii is one of the best places in the nation to celebrate a new year. With a ton of parties, fireworks displays, concerts and shows, New Year’s Eve 2012 in Hawaii is set to go off big. Below you will find a detailed 2012 New Year’s Eve Hawaii calendar of events. Enjoy and Happy New Year Hawaii!
2012 Hawaii New Year’s Eve Calendar
New Year’s Eve Parties
“First Annual Pineapple Drop”: 5-9 p.m. at the Town Center of Mililani; a family-geared celebration featuring The Deadbeats, former “American Idol” contestants Camile Velasco and Colby Benson, Benson’s band Crimson Apple, a 7 p.m. giant pineapple drop to coincide with New York’s Times Square ball drop, clowns, games and food booths. Free. 625-0108, towncenterofmililani.com.
“New Year’s Eve Party of the Year”: 6 p.m.-2 a.m. at Kakaako Waterfront Park; fireworks, Fiji concert, “Eat the Street” food festival, ferris wheel, 30 bands (including Rebel Souljahz, Manao Company, Kaipo Kapua, Irie Love) and DJs on eight stages, fire dancers, light shows, beer garden, VIP cabanas, Red Bull skydivers, a mechanical bull and foam party. $25; $75 (VIP, 21+); free for kids 10 and younger; all ages. nyehawaii.com, 729-0418; ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
“The Modern Experience: A Touch of Red,” 6 p.m.-4 a.m. at the Modern Honolulu, presented by Grey Goose and hosted by Flash Hansen and Blaise Sato, with six party areas, DJs Jessica Who (Miami), Bee Fowl (L.A.). $75-$150, 21+. flavorus.com, 855-235-2867.
“New Year’s Eve Splash”: Reggae dance party with Guidance Roots Band, Maacho, belly dancers, buffet by Jawaiian Irie Jerk, Himalayan Kitchen and Bella Mia, 6 p.m., Kaimuki Atrium, 1137 11th Ave. $40. 388-2917, jawaiianiriejerk.com.
“NYE Black & White Affair”: 6 p.m. at Pearl Ultralounge with DJs Edit and Euphorik, pupu, Champagne, lion dancers. $20-$50. pearlhawaii.com, 944-8000.
“Tiki Drop New Year’s Eve Party”: 6 p.m. at Tiki’s Grill and Bar, with bands, DJ, Champagne toast. $15. facebook.com/tikisgrillbar.
“Avenge 2013: Superheroes Ignite”: 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. at RumFire Waikiki and Edge of Waikiki, Sheraton Waikiki; superhero- and post-apocalypse-themed costume party hosted by Maleko and Miss Chanel with Playboy Bunny DJ Blondie, DJ Betty, DJ Sho, Bacardi Cabaret Girls and Boys, body paint artists, costume contest with prizes, rappelling Spiderman, Aquaman and Meera water performers, midnight ball drop. $85, $75 advance; $40 after midnight; $20 after 1 a.m. 21+. 921-4600, rumfirewaikiki.com.
“Black & White New Year’s Eve Party”: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Mai Tai Bar, Ala Moana Center; music by Siaosi. No cover. maitaibar.com, 947-2900.
“Go-Go Into 2013″: 8 p.m. at Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand; with Hollywood Gogoz, 808 Boyz, DJs and VJs, dancing, midnight food buffet, Champagne bar and party favors. $20; reserved tables $150. hulas.com, 923-0669.
“Masquerade: New Year’s Eve 2013″: 8 p.m. at M Nightclub; with DJ Tina T from Las Vegas’ Marquee nightclub. $50-$100, 21+. mnlhnl.com, 529-0010.
Moana Surfrider: 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Hawaiian-inspired gala with view of fireworks, dessert buffet, music. $50-$100, $35-$75 advance sale; all ages. 921-4600, moana-surfrider.com.
“My Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”: 8 p.m. at thirtyninehotel; sunglasses party with DJ Thomas Bullock, midnight balloon drop, Champagne toast, fireworks viewing, pupus. $20 advance sale. 21+. thirtyninehotel.com, 599-2552.
“A Night in Gay Paree”: 8 p.m.-4 a.m. at Fusion Waikiki, 2260 Kuhio Ave.; with fabulous showgirl entertainment, two DJs on two dance floors, $100 cash prize for most outrageous hat, cash balloon drop. $15; $10 advance, 21+. fusionwaikiki.com, 924-2422.
“LUX: Masquerade Casino Royale”: 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki; music by Tahiti Rey and Jason Alan, view of fireworks, optional tuxedo and gown dress code, DJ Scott Stiles, Times Square video presentation, wishing tree and party favors. $100. luxvipevents.com, 721-7777.
Hilton Hawaiian Village: 9 p.m.; with Danny Couch and Holunape. $100. Reservations: 947-7954, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com.
“NYE Drink Cheer”: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Rumours Nightclub, Ala Moana Hotel; with DJ, pupus and free party favors. $10 cover. 21+. 955-4811.
“Pink Party”: 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel; with dancing under the stars with band, DJ, dinner, fireworks viewing. $50, reserved seating $100. 921-4600, royal-hawaiian.com.
Turtle Bay Resort: 9 p.m. at Surfer, The Bar; with Paradise XS, power funk, rock and classic tunes, Champagne toast and party favors. $25. surferthebar.com, 293-6000.
“The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party”: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at the Red Dragon Lounge and Nightclub, Hilton Hawaiian Village; black-and-white attire party with view of Waikiki fireworks, dancing, DJs in two rooms, and VIP bottle service packages. $40; free if dining in Bali Steak & Seafood. 21+. 947-7954.
“Rockin In The New Year”: 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe Waikiki; music by The Nine Pound Hammer and Tavana. $10. 21+. hardrock.com/honolulu, 955-7383.
New Year’s Eve Concerts and Shows
John Cruz: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (two shows), The ARTS at Marks Garage; acoustic concert with Grammy- and Na Hoku Hanohano-winning musician, $20, $35. 521-2903, artsatmarks.com.
Bill Maher: 8 p.m., Hawaii Theatre; the comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time” performs. $84.50-$104.50. hawaiitheatre.com, 528-0506.
“Legends in Concert Waikiki”: New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with a cast of tribute artists, with bubbly toast and party favors, 8:15 p.m. (6:15 p.m. dinner package, 7:45 p.m. cocktail package), Royal Hawaiian Theater. $56.70-$160. 629-7469, legendswaikiki.com.
Borgore: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Hawaii All-Star Paintball, 2475 N. Nimitz Highway; Israeli dubstep producer and DJ in concert, $40, $100. 18+. flavorus.com, 855-235-2867.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: 9 p.m., The Republik; Seattle hip-hop duo in concert, $35-$45. groovetickets.com, 855-235-2867.
New Year’s Eve Organ Recital: 10:15 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral; by John Renke, with blessing of the city at midnight. Free. 524-2822, ext. 217, thecathedralofstandrew.org.
2012 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Displays
Ko Olina Resort: The second annual “Ko Olina New Year’s Lagoon Fireworks Spectacular” along all four lagoons takes place at midnight; before that, a family-oriented movie screens on the Grand Lawn at Lagoon 4. Parking: $20 per vehicle, cash only. Parking opens at 5 p.m. near Lagoon 4; front gate access will close once parking is full. (Public beach parking lots close at sunset.) Alcohol, coolers, backpacks, fires and personal fireworks are prohibited. 679-1090, koolina.com.
Waikiki Beach: The Waikiki Improvement Association’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show launches offshore at 11:55 p.m., featuring a countdown salute to midnight, a rapid-fire crescendo and a 10-minute display of unique effects. 923-1094, waikikiimprovement.com.
Aloha Tower: “The Sky of Lighters” show by fireworks company Grucci, midnight at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Part of the “New Year’s Eve Aloha Tower Block Party” (more info below), alohatowernye.com, 566-2337.
Kakaako: Fireworks every hour at Kakaako Waterfront Park, starting at 9 p.m; part of the “New Year’s Eve Party of the Year” (more info below), nyehawaii.com, 729-0418.
2012 New Year’s Eve Cruises
Ko Olina Ocean Joy Cruises, 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m., Ko Olina Marina Pier. $99. 675-2895, koolina.com.
Ko Olina Ocean Adventures, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Ko Olina Marina Pier. $109. 675-2895, koolina.com.
Star of Honolulu, 10:15 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Pier 8, Aloha Tower Marketplace. $141.75-$186. 983-7827, starofhonolulu.com.
Atlantis Navatek, 10:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m., Pier 6, Aloha Tower Marketplace. $160-$185. 973-1311.
As you can see, there is something for everyone on New Year’s Eve in Hawaii. Have a safe New Year’s Eve 2012 in Hawaii and welcome in the new year at one of these amazing Hawaii New Year’s Eve events. Happy New Year!