December 31, 2016

Six Ways to Ring in the New Year in Hawaii

Ring in the New Year with an Aloha Spirit.

From New Year’s Eve parties to outdoor adventures, THE MODERN HONOLULU and the island of Oahu can help you ring in the New Year with an Aloha Spirit.

1. New Year's Eve Celebrations at THE MODERN HONOLULU

This year, THE MODERN HONOLULU will help you fire up the end of 2016 so you can chill into 2017 with our Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve celebrations. Throughout the hotel, from the ADDICTION Nightclub to our Sunset Beach Pool, we’ll ring in the New Year. Learn more about our holiday celebrations here.

2. Watch the Fireworks

The 2017 Waikiki New Year’s Fireworks show starts at 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 31. The pyrotechnics are launched from a barge offshore and can be viewed from Waikiki Beach. The show ends with a barrage of sparkling Hawaii-inspired designs at midnight. Visit for more information.

3. Hike the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

This early morning trek to greet the first sunrise of 2017 will feature taiko drummers and a Native Hawaiian chanter. The parking lot opens at 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, and you don’t want to be late. In previous years the lot filled up in 15 minutes.

4. Go Whale-watching

Humpback whales frequent Hawaii’s waters from November to May, and the peak season begins in January. A convenient lookout spot is the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. (so even if you miss the sunrise hike, it’s still worth making a trip)

5. Pound Mochi

Mochi is a sweet, sticky rice “cake” created by pounding the steamed rice with wooden mallets. It’s a New Year’s tradition brought to Hawaii from Japan. The Honbushin International Center in Mililani hosts a family-friendly New Year Mochitsuki Festival where you can watch the ceremony and sample the treats for yourself. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 14, 95-030 Waihonu Street. Visit

6. Don’t forget the Lunar New Year

Honolulu boasts one of the nation’s oldest Chinatown districts and will celebrate the Chinese, or lunar New Year, with an all-day festival featuring food, vendors, traditional lion dancers and a night-time parade. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Jan. 21. Visit