Ring in the New Year in Hawai‘i 2021
Hawai‘i is one of the last places on earth to ring in the new year, so it’s important to give the old one a proper send-off. Although regularly scheduled events like the midnight fireworks show at Waikiki Beach have been postponed, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate. Here’s how to ring in the New Year in Hawai‘i 2021.
Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, attractions and events mentioned may be closed or cancelled without notice. We recommend checking individual attractions for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting. Please travel responsibly and follow mask requirements and social distancing procedures when visiting.
First Day Hike
Greet New Year’s Day with a glorious sunrise hike at the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. As part of America’s State Parks’ annual event, early risers start the new year on the right foot with a morning hike to the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse. Watch the moon set and the sun rise with others who partake in the event every year.
Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline is open. Please help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while on the trail by practicing social distancing. Travel responsibly by treating Hawai‘i’s trails, creatures, sacred sites, residents, and areas of ecological restoration with respect. Refer to Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources website for additional hiking etiquette and safety preparedness information.
The Best Sashimi in Honolulu
Need a little luck moving into the New Year? The custom of eating the high quality raw ahi on December 31 is supposed to ensure prosperity for the coming year. Find the best sashimi in Honolulu with our guide to popular local eateries like Momosan, Morimoto Asia, Yoshitsune, Ono Seafood, and Fresh Catch Kaimuki. Enjoy your sashimi feast in the comfort of your guest room by getting your meal to go!
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Shorefyre with Kelandy
Shorefyre in International Market Place is doing things a little differently this year. Since partygoers won’t be able to experience a midnight countdown and ball drop in local time, the fashionable bar & grill is presenting their own New Year’s Eve countdown at midnight California time (9 p.m. Hawai‘i). The social distanced event includes a pupu platter, Champagne toast at 9 p.m., and a special live performance by beloved local artist Kelandy. Reserve your table in advance at Shorefyre.
Tiki’s New Year’s Eve Around the World Dinner
Tiki’s Grill & Bar located at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is celebrating New Year’s Eve with private group reservations and an amazing five-course prix fixe dinner menu created by Chef Ronnie Nasuti, live music, Champagne toast, and hourly New Year’s Eve countdowns from around the globe. Check out the delicious menu above and visit Tiki’s Grill & Bar to make dinner reservations in advance. Opt to stay in your room and satisfy your delivery cravings by ordering Tiki’s to go. Check out their limited Pacific-Rim menu with flavors of the islands here.
Chinese New Year
Although the Chinese New Year isn’t until February 12, 2021, you can still discover the traditions, taboos, dishes, and drinks that make up the important holiday in Honolulu’s Chinatown - one of the oldest in the nation. It’s the Year of the Ox! Stay up to date with the neighborhood’s Chinatown Cultural Center for upcoming events, support local restaurants and Chinese bakeries by snagging some tasty treats to go, and make sure to wear red clothes for good fortune moving into the New Year. Chinatown is just 5 miles from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.
Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!
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