It’s almost time to bid aloha to 2012. In Hawaii, 2013 will get under way with fireworks bursting in the midnight sky. Toes-in-the-sand spectators will greet the new year on Monday night and very early on Tuesday morning, gazing skyward while stretched out on mats and in beach chairs along Waikiki beaches and on various other shorelines in the Islands.
Here’s our list of New Year’s Eve 2012 fireworks displays. Hauoli Makahiki Hou! — Happy New Year!—and all the best for 2013 from the HAWAII Magazine ohana!
• New Year’s Eve 2012 Aloha Tower Block Party — midnight fireworks, with free public viewing areas around Aloha Tower Marketplace (pictured, top of page) near downtown Honolulu.
Fireworks are shot from platforms docked in Honolulu Harbor so the best spots to watch are along the marketplace's long pier. The marketplace will host a soiree dubbed “BIG BLAST & BIG BANG,” featuring DJs and musicians performing on eight stages. There will also be a fashion show, exhibits, and street performers. Festivities get under way at 7 p.m. For more event details, click here.
• New Year’s Eve Party of the Year — Fireworks every hour at Kakaako Waterfront Park, starting at 9 p.m. The party festivities get under way at 6 p.m. Among other highlights: bands and DJs on eight stages, an “Eat the Street” food truck festival, firedancers, and a Ferris Wheel. For more information, click here.
• Ko Olina New Year’s Lagoon Fireworks Spectacular — midnight, with free public viewing areas along each of West Oahu resort’s four lagoons (pictured, above). Starting at 5 p.m., parking will be available at a rate of $20 per car. Alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, personal fireworks and open fires are strictly prohibited.
Want to watch the show from the water? Ko Olina Marina catamaran cruises will be available ($99 and $109 per person). For more information, click here or call 808-679-1090.
• Waikiki Beach fireworks — midnight, with free public viewing areas along the Waikiki beachfront. 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. Organizers plan to fire a total of more than 1,200 shells. Click here for more details.
• Four Seasons Resort Hualalai fireworks — midnight, with fireworks launched from the Four Seasons beachfront. The resort will host a party for Hualalai guests, and tickets for the soiree are already nearly sold out. Still, the show may also be visible from Queen Kaahumanu Highway in the Kailua-Kona area. For more information, click here or call (808) 325-8000.
• Kihei and Hana public fireworks displays — There will be two midnight fireworks displays along Maui’s shoreline, one in Hana, below Fagan’s Cross; and another in Kihei, on a barge offshore fronting the Grand Wailea Hotel.
• Poipu Beach fireworks — 9:20 p.m., with a free public viewing of the show based at Poipu Beach Park on Kauai's south shore. The best views are at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Poipu Beach Park, but you can catch the aerial display from several Poipu area resorts, condos and beaches. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with live local music and food booths at the park. For additional information about the event, hosted by Kalapaki Joe’s restaurant and the Poipu Beach Resort Association, click here, or call (808) 742-7444.
• Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay — midnight, with free public viewing from Hulopoe Beach. Fireworks will be launched from the Four Seasons, Manele Bay. For more information, click here or call (808) 565-2000.
Photos: Page 1 — (top) Aloha Tower Marketplace New Year's Eve fireworks/Takuma Tanizaki, (bottom) Ko Olina Resort; Page 2 — (top) Ko Olina Resort, (bottom) Waikiki New Year's Eve fireworks, Jon Okuma.