What could possibly be better than staying on Maui? Celebrating New Year’s while you’re staying on Maui. There is always plenty to do in Paradise on New Year’s Eve, and this year is no exception. Although many venues are still working on their festive plans, some have already finalized them.  

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

The only fireworks we’ve confirmed so far are in Hana. Travaasa Hana will celebrate with a special prix fixe dinner, live Hawaiian music, and dancing ’til the clock strikes midnight at the Paniolo Lounge. Then a 15-minute fireworks display takes place in front of the property. Since Hana is a two- to three-hour drive from most West and South Maui resorts, you might want to consider an overnight (or longer) stay at Travaasa Hana to celebrate New Year’s Eve. For reservations and more information, call 808-248-8211.

Closer to your home resort, there is traditionally a spectacular fireworks display at the barge between the Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea Hotel. The show begins at midnight over the water near Wailea Beach in south Maui. You are advised to arrive early in order to secure a prime spot on the sand. Once we’ve received confirmation, we will report it here.

At least three boat companies are offering cocktail or dinner cruises for your enjoyment:

  • Pride of Maui offers a very popular New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise with appetizers, desserts, live music, open bar and champagne toast. The price is $119.95 per person.
  • Pacific Whale Foundation offers a number of New Year’s Eve firework cruises from cocktail cruises to full four-course dinner at a private table. By booking directly online with them, you can save 10 percent. Pricing starts at $72 for adults, including the web booking discount.
  • Alii Nui offers a dinner buffet fireworks cruise with complimentary transportation to and from West and South Maui hotels and condominiums. The price is $299 per person, but you can save $50  by booking online. Seating is limited to 40 people.

While you’re in Maui start practicing the phrase Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, which is the Hawaiian way to say Happy New Year. It’s pronounced, “how-oh-lay ma-ka-hee-key ho.”

Check back here for updated New Year’s Eve information as the date draws nearer.