Aloha 2011! Best places in Hawaii to watch New Year's Eve fireworks

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There’s no better place to bid aloha to 2010 than in Hawaii, with fireworks over the Pacific Ocean.

Imagine balmy weather on New Year’s Eve, lounging in slippers on a stretch of sandy beach, maybe a tropical cocktail in hand. No snow to plow, no heavy coats to wear, no chance of hail in the foreseeable future.

Sure, the pyrotechnic shows in the Islands may not be of the same magnitude as those in New York City or in Washington D.C. But even the President of the United States has ditched his Mainland digs to spend the holiday in Hawaii — and maybe, just maybe, will be catching one of these free fireworks shows. You never know.

Here’s our list of locations throughout Hawaii to catch New Year’s Eve 2010 fireworks displays.

Hauoli Makahiki Hou—Happy New Year!—and all the best for 2011 from the HAWAII Magazine ohana!

OAHU:

• Midnight, Waikiki Beach fireworks display

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

• 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 night 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 the Ihilani Resort beachfront, giving the west side of Oahu a show to watch, too.

BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII:

• Midnight, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Where: Hualalai Resort, 72-100 Kaupulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona (off Queen Kaahumanu Highway), (808) 325-8000
$$$? No, but the hotel events are only open to guests of Hualalai Resort area hotels.
The details: Fireworks are shot from the Four Seasons beachfront so guests will have the best views. But the show is also visible from Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

MAUI:

• Midnight, The Grand Wailea Resort

Where: 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, (808) 875-1234
$$$? Free, open to public viewing from Wailea Beach Park.
The details: The best spots for the resort's annual fireworks are along Wailea Beach Park. If you're staying in Wailea, just take the Wailea Coastal Walk to Wailea Beach.

KAUAI:

• 9:30 p.m., Poipu Beach fireworks display

new_years_eve_fireworks_2011_best_placesWhere: Poipu Beach Beach Park on Kauai's south shore
$$$? Free, open to the public.
The details: The best views are at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Poipu Beach Park, but you can catch the aerial display from many of the Poipu area resorts, condos and beaches.

LANAI:

• Midnight, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
 
Where: Hulopoe Beach, (808) 565-2000
$$$? Free, open to public viewing from Hulopoe Beach
The details: There are awesome views of the fireworks from the Four Seasons Manele Bay property and from the sands of Hulopoe Beach.

If we’ve missed any Hawaii New Year’s Eve 2010 fireworks displays on our list, let us know with a comment here or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
 

Photos: Aloha Tower Marketplace New Year's Eve fireworks (pg. 1); Waikiki New Year's eve fireworks, Jon Okuma (pg. 2)

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