New Year’s Eve
Celebrate with the family, see fireworks, dance all night, and start the year off right with blessings and a parade on New Year’s Day.
Mililani Pineapple Drop: Family-friendly event featuring a 12-foot tall pineapple with over 900 feet of lights and over 2,500 bulbs for the “Pineapple Drop.” There will be entertainment by the Asian Lion Dance Team and Ryugen Taiko, concert with headliners Josh Tatofi and Kalapana, temporary tattoos, contests and more. 5-7:30 p.m. (7 p.m. Pineapple Drop), Town Center of Mililani. towncenterofmililani.com
Family New Year’s Eve Celebration: With packages including an appetizer buffet with family favorites (burgers, crispy chicken, pizza bites and more), dessert, soft drinks and a video ball drop to ring in the new year. Families will also have access to the event space and Million Dollar Midway with games and simulators. 5-8 p.m., Dave & Buster’s. $35 Fun Package includes $20 Power Card, $43 LOL Fun Package includes $25 Power Card and unlimited video game play. 589-2215, daveandbusters.com
New Year’s Eve Concert on the Farm with Chris Berry: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter with openers Paul Izak and Joel Spiral. 6 p.m., Kanu Farm, 41-984 Kakaina Place, Waimanalo. $50, $35 in advance. minjasmagicks.com
Party on the Great Lawn: Family-friendly event includes music by Manoa DNA and contemporary surf-rock band Dukes of Surf, four-course dinner, and fireworks. 7-11 p.m., Great Lawn, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. $195-$300, free for ages 3 and younger. 947-7955, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/holiday. Also:
>> Waikiki Starlight Luau: Featuring musical performances and cultural activities at the buffet and show. Visit resort’s website for more info.
Tiki Drop 2019 Party: Music, dancing and view of Waikiki fireworks. 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Tiki’s Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave. $20, $15 in advance; reserved tables and dinner available. 21+. eventbrite.com
“Under the Banyan Big Top”: Event for the whole family features balloon animals, jugglers, face painting and photo booth, plus music by DJ Baby G and views of fireworks off Waikiki Beach. Tickets include party favors and carnival-themed treats, such as mini Portuguese hot dogs, candy caramel corn and more. 8 p.m., pool deck of The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. $75-$125, private tables and cabanas available. Tickets: honoluluboxoffice.com. Tables and cabanas: 924-4778, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Year’s Eve Party & Fireworks at Turtle Bay Resort: Various celebrations throughout the resort. For info/tickets: turtlebayresort.com/events. Highlights:
>> New Year’s Eve Party at The Point: DJs, a midnight Champagne toast and private fireworks show, plus entertainment; pupus and VIP cabanas available. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Point — Sunset & Pool Bar. $110; 21+.
>> Ring in 2019 … like it’s 1999!: You “can’t touch this” night of ’90s excitement. Family-friendly event features ’90s music with DJ Tony So, dinner, complimentary midnight Champagne toast, giveaways, throwback photo booth (’90s attire encouraged) and more. Attendees will have access to The Point to watch a private fireworks show at midnight. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Kuilima Ballroom. $65-$125.
>> NYE Party with Kings of Spade: Music by the Hawaii rock band, drink specials, pupus and a midnight Champagne toast. Attendees will have access to The Point to watch a private fireworks show at midnight. 8 p.m., Surfer, The Bar. $95, limited VIP tables and lounge available. 21+.
New Year’s Eve Black Tie Affair at The Laylow: Beats by DJ Tittahbyte and DJ Revise, plus champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Hideout Waikiki, 2299 Kuhio Ave. $75, $35 for hotel guests. bit.ly/hideoutnye2018
New Year’s Eve Blue Ball: A “blue” tie event hosted by Miss Candi Shell with dance vibes from DJ KSM. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand. $15-$500. hulas.com
New Year’s Eve with Morgan McMichaels: RuPaul’s Drag Race star hosts this celebration. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Scarlet Honolulu. scarlethonolulu.com
Enter the Dragon: With DJs, party favors and views of Waikiki fireworks. 8:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., RumFire, Sheraton Waikiki. $135, $125 in advance; Champagne Room tickets and VIP cabanas and tables available. 21+. Tickets: hnltix.com. Info: rumfirewaikiki.com.
Pink Party: A buffet, DJ Teley, dancers and beachfront views of the fireworks at midnight. 8:30 p.m., Ocean Lawn, Monarch Room and Mai Tai Bar at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. $150-$225, reserved seating available. Tickets: honoluluboxoffice.com. VIP cabanas and tables: 931-8476, email@example.com.
Roll in 2019 at 53 By The Sea — Casino Night in Macau: Inspired by the hit film “Crazy Rich Asians,” the event features gourmet hors d’oeuvres, premium cocktails and casino-inspired games. Plus live music, cigar lounge, dancing, raffle prizes, fireworks and Champagne toast at midnight. Black-tie attire optional. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 53 Ahui St. $150, $250 per couple; VIP $275, $500 per couple. 21+. 536-5353, 53bythesea.com/nye
New Year’s Eve Party at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club: Third annual event features Saint Heron resident DJ and producer from Los Angeles, Kyle Woods, known for his hip-hop and R&B style. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 412 Lewers St. $50, free for hotel guests. surfjack.com
“Rock-A-Hula’s Midnight New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Waikiki show features hula, fireknife dancing, performance by Elvis Presley tribute artist, plus a cast meet-and-greet. With fireworks visual effects. 9:45 p.m. dinner, 10:45 p.m. premier cocktail show, 11:15 p.m. show, Royal Hawaiian Center. $89-$185 (kamaaina and military rates available). 629-7469, rockahulahawaii.com
New Year’s Eve at Buho Cocina y Cantina: Featuring DJ 2Tru, dancing and open-air rooftop seating. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 2250 Kalakaua Ave. $80, $50 advance; bottle service available. 21+. 922-2846, eventbrite.com
New Year’s Eve at The District Nightclub: Guest DJ-led midnight countdown by DJ Osnizzle, with Top 40, hip-hop, trap music and more all night. 10 p.m.-3 a.m., 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Cost: $30; limited free admission before 11 p.m. with advance ticket: eventbrite.com. 21+. For table service: thedistrictnightclub.com/new-years-eve-2019.
Star of Honolulu’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Cruise: Ocean-side view of Waikiki fireworks, entertainment, dinner, Champagne and party favors. Voyage departs 10:15 p.m. from Aloha Tower Marketplace, returns 12:30 a.m. $197-$259 (kamaaina and military rates available, and private tables for additional cost). 983-7827, starofhonolulu.com/holiday-cruises
Dolphin Star’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Cocktail & Fireworks Cruise: Aboard the casual island catamaran, guests will enjoy Hawaiian musical entertainment, party favors, fireworks views and Champagne toasts. Voyage departs 10:30 p.m. from Kewalo Basin, returns 12:15 a.m. $91 (kamaaina rates available); 21+. 983-7827, dolphin-star.com/special-events
Waikiki New Year’s Fireworks: The 8-10 minute show will include designs of palm trees, rings, strobes, sparkling fans, colorful falling leaves and more, with music choreogrpahed by Fireworks by Grucci to accompany the show. Sponsored by members of the Waikiki Improvement Association. 11:45 p.m.-12:15 a.m., visible all along Waikiki Beach. 923-1094
Hatsumode 2019: Embrace the spirit of the Japanese at this cultural event, where you can be blessed for the new year, get your head “bitten” by a Japanese Shishi lion for good luck and enjoy sake infused with 24-karat gold flakes and ozoni mochi soup. Midnight-4 p.m. Tuesday, Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha — Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, 1239 Olomea St. (next to Honolulu Ford). Parking with free shuttle at Damien Memorial School. e-shrine.org
2019 Hatsumode: Traditional Japanese New Year’s blessings will be given at the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii. Express gratitude for the blessings of the past and receive blessings for the new year for good health and well-being for families and businesses. Ofuda (talisman) and omamori (amulet) for the blessing and protection of businesses, homes and people are available. Midnight-5 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday at the shrine, 215 N. Kukui St. 538-7778, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lanikai’s 51st annual Woes Day Parade and Recovery Party: The Lanikai New Year’s Day tradition features a parade, themed “Get the Scoop as you Bike the Loop!” Plus a post-parade breakfast of eggs, Portuguese sausage, muffins, coffee and juice, with Dixieland Jazz band music, and more. Tuesday: 9 a.m. parade, 9:30 a.m. breakfast, Lanikai Park. $5 (for breakfast). 295-3856