How to celebrate New Year in Hawaii

With a hearty “Hau'oli Makahiki Hou” - meaning Happy New Year in Hawaii - the Aloha State sends its annual invite to spectacular celebrations. New Year events in Hawaii are imbued with tropical touches and take place in the warm, balmy weather. Countdown to midnight and toast 2019 on the Paradise of the Pacific.

Here are five memorable ways to wave goodbye to 2018, Hawaiian style.

Big Island, big excitement

sparkler and Champagne

New Year’s Eve on the Big Island offers a mix of excitement and celebrations on sandy shores by the moonlit ocean. Enjoy special dining, incredible firework displays, and midnight fire extravaganzas. Find out more about New Year’s Eve in Hawaii here.

New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration

beach torches

Hilton Waikoloa Village welcomes you to enjoy an upscale dinner buffet with live music and a spectacular midnight countdown with DJ Glenn. Drink specials and champagne cocktails are available all night, including a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Find out more here.

Beach gatherings

fireworks at the beach

Winter weather in Hawaii still reaches the high 70s, making beach gatherings a popular way to bring in the New Year. Ala Moana Beach Park is Hawaii’s 100-acre park with over a half-mile of beach and is the popular place for New Year picnics, barbecues, and celebrations.


palm trees and fireworks

You don’t have to go far to find fireworks in the night sky on New Year’s Eve in Hawaii. It’s said that fireworks act as a way to ward off evil spirits, as well as to bring about good fortune and happiness - a great way to start the new year. Waikiki Beach will host a spectacular fireworks show from a barge just off Waikiki Beach. The show starts at 11:55 pm with one announcement firework every minute before midnight. The main show begins at midnight. You can listen to the music timed with the fireworks via radio.


This Japanese tradition has become popular in Hawaii. Find retailers at Ala Moana Center on January 1 and purchase a ‘happy grab bag’ filled with merchandise worth at least double the sales price.

However you decide to celebrate the New Year, we wish you a fantastic 2019 from all of us at Hilton Waikoloa Village.