The Best 2022 New Year’s Eve Events in Hawaiʻi
From firework displays to disco parties, here’s where to ring in the new year across the Islands.
It’s been a remarkable year for many people and communities around the world. In 2022, along with many local businesses reopening to full capacity, large-scale events and shows made their grand debut following the Covid pandemic. Travel also made a huge comeback, with many travelers eager to return to Hawaiʻi. If you’re planning a trip to the Islands in 2023, check out these epic experiences you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket-list.
If you’re already here in Hawaiʻi for the holidays, lucky you. Check out this roundup of events covering all the Islands to help you bid farewell to 2022 and usher in the new year.
Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!)
Waikīkī New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The extravagant light show is on! At the stroke of midnight, the sky over Waikīkī will be lit with electrifying colors and bright lights. You can set up chairs or blankets along Waikīkī Beach for a front row seat to the show. The event is known for drawing crowds of people, but you can still see the firework display away from the beach—a hotel balcony with an ocean view is perfect.
More information can be found on the Waikīkī Improvement Association’s website.
Pop, Fizz, Clink at the International Market Place
Why go to one New Year’s Eve party when you can go to six? On New Year’s Eve, International Market Place in Waikīkī invites guests to sip Champagne and hop between celebrations at participating restaurants on the Grand Lānai. The night also includes performances by Henry Kapono, Tavana, Romeo Valentine and DJ Jem. Make sure to stick around to see the pineapple drop at midnight.
This is a 21+ event. General admission is $115. For more information and tickets, visit International Market Place’s website.
New Year’s Eve at Hideout at The Laylow
Dress to dazzle and dance the night away at The Laylow’s New Year’s Eve soirée. DJ Tropic Bomba will provide beats that will take guests from 2022 into 2023 in style. Tickets include celebratory party favors, appetizer between 10 p.m. to midnight and a Champagne toast.
This is a 21+ event. Pre-sale tickets for general admission are $75 and $95 day of the event. For tickets, visit here.
Glitz & Glam New Year’s Eve Silent Disco Dance Party at the Surf Jack Hotel & Swim Club
The Surf Jack Hotel & Swim Club is hosting a glittering silent disco party to ring in 2023. Doors open at 8 p.m. and DJs will be spinning fun dance music until 1 a.m. Tucked in the hotel, guests will also find Mahina & Sun’s serving dinner from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
This is a 21+ event. Free entry to the silent disco for hotel guests and restaurant diners. Otherwise, $50 entry, which includes welcome Champagne and a midnight toast. For more information and tickets, visit here.
New Year’s Eve Disco Ball at ‘Alohilani Resort’s Swell Rooftop
Want to dance under the stars? Check out the disco dance party at ‘Alohilani Resort’s Swell Pool and Bar on New Year’s Eve. Groovy disco tunes will be playing all night, and you can also find multiple dance floors and reserve VIP tables, too.
This is a 21+ event. Tickets start at $175. For more information and tickets, visit here.
All that Glitters is Gold at Sky Waikīkī
Sky Waikīkī is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash that starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes to 1 a.m. The rooftop venue offers terrific views of the Waikīkī fireworks, too.
Tickets start at $120. For more information and tickets, visit Sky Waikīkī’s website.
New Year’s Eve Soirée at Turtle Bay Resort
If you’re on Oʻahu’s North Shore on Dec. 31, check out Turtle Bay Resort’s New Year’s Eve Soirée. The open-air lobby bar will be filled with live music and entertainment, including Cirque du Soleil-style performers and fire knife dancers. You can also order tasty dishes, fun cocktails and wines, too.
Entry is free for resort guests and $50 per person for non-resort guests. For more information, visit Turtle Bay Resort’s website.
On the Valley Isle the new year is marked by extravagant fireworks display in Wailea. You can join enthusiastic crowds sprawled along Wailea’s beaches as bright lights erupt in the night sky. It’s a popular New Year’s tradition with limited parking, so arrive at the beach early. Be sure to pack beach chairs and blankets. The firework show starts at midnight.
New Year’s Eve Movie and Countdown at the Grand Wailea
Grand Wailea is hosting a New Year’s Eve movie night that’s perfect for families. “Encanto” will be presented on the big screen, followed by a midnight countdown. The Grand Wailea is also a great spot to enjoy the annual firework display show.
For more information, visit the Grand Wailea’s website.
Mala’s White Party
Over on Maui’s west side, Mala Ocean Tavern is hosting its New Year’s Eve white party. As to be expected, the attire is all white. Here, guests can usher in 2023 with a silent disco dance party. Tickets include tasty bites, silent disco headphones, complimentary photos and a glass of bubbly at midnight.
This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $120. For more information and tickets, visit Mala Ocean Tavern’s website.
Popping Bottles New Year’s Eve 2023 at Down the Hatch
You’ll find a rowdy party at Down the Hatch on Lahaina’s Front Street on New Year’s Eve. Bottles will be popping, and the dance floor will be filled with bodies all night. Doors open at 9 p.m. but if you want to chow down before the party, arrive early because the kitchen will close at 9 p.m. And the attire is dress to impress.
There are no pre-sale tickets, just show up. Entry is $25 at the door. For more information, visit Down the Hatch’s website.
Bill Maher New Year’s 11th Anniversary
If you want to end the year with a big laugh, head to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Bill Maher will be celebrating 11 years of ringing in the new year at the MACC. To make this year extra memorable, Jeff Ross and Wendy Liebman will be joining the sharp and funny commentator.
Tickets start at $79.50. For more information and tickets, visit the MAAC’s website.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Poiʻpū Beach Park
Ringing in the new year at Poiʻpū Beach Park is a long-standing tradition on Kauaʻi. The family-friendly event is free and open to all. The evening begins with a family movie at sunset on a large outdoor screen. The movie is followed by a spectacular aerial firework display at around 8:15 p.m. Popular food trucks from around the island will also be serving available for movie munchies.
For more information, visit www.kauaifestivals.com or check out @poipubeachkauai on Instagram.
New Year’s Eve Party at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar
Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona has a lineup of talented musicians from Hawaiʻi and around the world almost every night. This New Year’s Eve, the music venue welcomes Lucky Tongue and Off Da Cuff. Doors to the party open at 6 p.m. Off Da Cuff will be on stage from 7-9 p.m. rocking out with old school tunes. Lucky Tongue will take the stage at 10 p.m. and you can dance your way into the new year. Pūpū and a midnight Champagne toast are included with tickets.
Pre-sale tickets are $80 or $100 at the door. For more information, visit Gertrude’s Jazz Bar’s website.
New Year’s Eve Lūʻau Under the Stars at the Fairmont Orchid
At the Fairmont Orchid, you can celebrate the new year with a Hawaiian lūʻau. Situated on the beautiful Kohala Coast, the area is steeped in tradition. It was once known as the gathering place for aliʻi (royalty). Guests will learn more about the history and legends of the region while enjoying exciting hula performances, live music and incredible food.
For more information and reservations, visit the Fairmont Orchid’s website.