In my last post, I wrote about things to do in Oahu over the holidays, but I focused on Christmas events. What about New Year’s Eve, you say? Well, I decided that there was more than enough going on in Waikiki on this day of celebration to warrant a separate blog. So here it is … some of the exciting New Year’s Eve happenings in Waikiki.
Of course, firework displays are the main Oahu attractions on New Year’s Eve, and this year you’ll have a choice of three shows, all beginning around midnight. The largest and only free show takes place at Waikiki Beach, kicking off promptly at 11:55 pm. Alternatively, head over to Kaka’ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu for the “Party of the Year,” featuring fireworks, live music, games, food trucks, and more. Tickets for this event start at $49.95 per person. Ko Olina resort is hosting its own fireworks show along a lagoon. However, be advised that space is extremely limited.
Assuming you opt to check out the main show at Waikiki Beach, where do you go to get the best view? You have a few options. Waikiki Beach itself is a good choice, but it can get crowded. Another option is to view the fireworks on the open water. For instance, the Makani Catamaran Honolulu has a New Year’s Eve cruise that sets sail at 10:30 pm. Reservations are required, so be sure to book this special event early. Some hotels in Waikiki offer great spots from which to witness the show as well.
If fireworks aren’t your thing or if you’re looking for something to do earlier in the evening, we have some ideas. Perhaps you’d like to celebrate the New Year by taking in a concert. Then, you may want to consider New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Elvis at the Royal Hawaiian Center, featuring several look-alike performers from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga. And, for a truly unique way to ring in 2015, try The Quest for Father Time, an event that begins with a scavenger hunt and ends with a New Year’s party, complete with appetizers, an open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight!
If you can muster the energy, a good way to spend New Year’s Day is to explore the island with an all-inclusive, multi-attraction Go Oahu Card. Alternatively, if your activity level has been diminished by the previous evening’s celebration, choose a Build Your Own Pass, which allows you to select as few as two attractions and save 20% off gate prices. Whatever you choose to do, we wish you a safe and happy New Year!