New Year, New Memories on Big Island

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Looking forward to the best year ever in 2018? If you plan to ring in the new year in Hawaii, you’re already well on your way. Read on for ideas to make your New Year’s Eve special – and set your intention for a healthy and happy year.

In with the new

Did you know Hawaii is in one of the last time zones to see the new year? When the clock strikes twelve, it’s already almost January 2 in New Zealand! There's still plenty of time to celebrate, though. Whether you want to party all night or you prefer a more low-key affair, you’ll find plenty of fun social options for a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.

Start your evening at Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Grand Ballroom. Enjoy a buffet-style feast prepared by award-winning executive chef Hans Lentz. Check out the menu here. Then, dance to rock anthems and top 40 hits as you await the champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. Or party-hop along the beach and celebrate under the stars.

Maybe you’d rather greet 2018 in your pajamas, watching the festivities on TV. Step out on your balcony and watch one of the many fireworks displays throughout the island. Order in for a celebration for two.

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Keep the good vibes going

It’s a new year, and you’re feeling motivated. So start working on your “new year, new me” goals right away.

Try a new hobby

Scuba dive or learn to surf. If there’s a watersports activity you’ve always wanted to try, you can find your new passion here. Take a look at Big Island’s harbor and ocean activities.

Stay in shape

Follow sun salutations with a morning run on the beach. Play a round of golf at Waikoloa Beach or Kings’ Course. Get your heart pumping to dance grooves in a Zumba class or strengthen your core on the Pilates mat. Learn more about Kohala Spa’s fitness and wellness center’s offerings.

Eat healthier

The Big Island is the state’s biggest agricultural producer. With tropical fruit and fresh seafood within arm’s reach, Hawaii is the perfect place to jumpstart a healthy eating resolution. Visit one of the island’s many fruit stands and farmers’ markets for locally-grown ingredients, prepared foods and baked goods. Meet local farmers and learn about Hawaii’s regional cuisine.

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