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Aloha, 2010! Best places in Hawaii to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks

new_years_eve_fireworks_Hawaii_best_spots_to_watchWrapping up the ‘aughts, the 00’s, or whatever you’ve preferred calling the first decade of the millennium here in Hawaii?      

Big fans that we are of warm, tradewind-kissed New Year’s Eves, you can count us in, too.

As always, Hawaii will be one of the final locales in the world to say “Aloha!” to the year gone by and “Aloha!” to the new year ahead. But that doesn’t mean we prefer our New Year’s Eves quiet.

Here in Hawaii, many residents follow a  longtime New Year’s Eve tradition of welcoming the new year with fireworks in their driveways and neighborhood streets. It's loud. It's smoky. It requires a permit. It's also a surprising and visually stunning sight for visitors checking out our 'burbs.

But if you—like a certain leader of the free world with the last name Obama—are fortunate enough to be welcoming 2010 in the Islands this year, we’re thinking you might instead wish to opt for the sights and sounds of some public displays of pyro (i.e. New Year’s Eve aerial fireworks displays).

Lucky for you we love our grand New Year's Eve fireworks shows here, too.

Below you'll find our list of Hawaii spots to catch the sky ablaze with New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. We've got all the lowdown you need to know about public fireworks shows on Oahu, the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and even Lanai.

Hauoli Makahiki Hou!—that's Happy New Year!—and best wishes for 2010 from the HAWAII Magazine and HawaiiMagazine.com ohana!


• Midnight, Waikiki Beach fireworks display

Where: Waikiki beachfront
$$$? Free, open to public.
The details: Visible from the entire Waikiki beachfront, this annual fireworks show—sponsored by Waikiki hotels and businesses and the Waikiki Improvement Association—even has a fireworks countdown before the main event.

• Midnight, Aloha Tower Marketplace fireworks show

Where: Downtown Honolulu, (808) 566-2337
$$$? Free, open to public.
The details: Fireworks are shot from platforms docked in Honolulu Harbor so the best spots to watch are along the Marketplace's long pier. Dining specials and entertainment will be offered all Eve at many Marketplace restaurants.

• Midnight, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa

Where: Ko Olina Resort, 92-1001 Olani St., (800) 679-0080
$$$? Free, open to public.
The details: Fireworks are shot from Ihilani Resort beachfront.

• 6 p.m., “Family New Year’s Eve Celebration” at Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii

Where: 400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, (808) 674-9283.
$$$? Admission to the West Oahu water park required.
The details: The water park will open at 10:30 a.m. for full day of family activities. The fireworks show ends the day.

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