Aloha and welcome to Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiin
islands in the Mid-Parcific. It is here that you can relax and enjoy
all the delights this stunning location has to offer, including
whale watching, hiking, wind surfing, sailing, kite boarding scuba
diving, snorkelling, you get the idea, there is a lot to do here.
The more frequented parts of Maui are West and South Maui, so think of Lahaina, Napili, Ka'anapali, Kahana and Kapalua in the West and Kihei and Wailea-Makena in the South.
Famed for its beach resorts, Maui is a fantastic place to base yourself for New Year especially if you enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and being active. With a varied landscape, from the Haleakala Volcano, to gushing waterfalls, rain forest, black sand beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, it's a budding photographers dream come true. But if it's relaxation you are after, there are more sedate activities to lull the senses, visit a spa, wile away the hours and sample delicious cuisine at local restaurants, shop in the islands boutiques, watch the sunrise, or take to the sea for a sunset dinner cruise. There is quite literally something for everyone, so you're time in Maui will be a real treat.
In Maui, New Years Eve is a spectacular event, the main fireworks
display is usually in Wailea, but be warned, this gets busy and I
mean super busy, the beaches in this area will be crammed with
people waiting to celebrate the new year and watch the fireworks.
Parking is very limited once the crowds start appearing, so get
there early. There are also usually some non scheduled fireworks
(just people lighting their own) on the beaches like Kā'anapali, but
it's not guaranteed.
All the major hotels have New Years Eve Parties, so you won't have to venture very far for an amazing evening if you're already staying in these hotels. It takes all the fuss out of getting to and from another location, and if like me you get whoozy after a sniff of champagne, it's much easier to find your way back to your room!
Latest: There is a huge new year's eve party at the Wailea Beach
Marriott Resort & Spa, a benefit event for the Maui Food Bank and
the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. This event starts at 7pm, includes
private rooftop midnight fireworks viewing and a star studded lineup
of entertainers with Alice Cooper, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons,
Dave Mason, Weird Al Yankovic, Willie K, Bob Rock and Lily Meola all
Or, and this sounds fabulous, get yourself booked on one of the many New Years Eve Cruises available and party through the night with good food and great company and when midnight strikes, watch the fireworks at Wailea from the sea. Imagine it, star filled evening, music, dancing, glass of bubbly and then a clear view of the gorgeous fireworks. Happy New Year indeed!
There is also the option of a traditional Luau, try out Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency. That would be incredibly memorable for bringing in the new year.
Important detail - BOOK EARLY. Restaurants, hotels, cruises, special New Years Eve parties, they all get booked up quickly, so make your reservation as soon as you can. Here are a few restaurants to get your appetite started.
Mama's Fish House
I've found a live stream of Wailea for you to enjoy
Or a whole host of Maui live webcams from across the island to choose from
Anywhere you stay on this beautiful island will be fantastic, but
here are a few hotels to peruse for your New Year stay in Maui.
Montage Kapalua Bay
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Aston Mahana at Kaanapali
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Andaz Maui At Wailea
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.
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