Festive dinners, booming fireworks, rockin’ parties—Maui knows how to ring in the new year with style.
Gear up for the end of 2016 by checking out one—or more—of these stellar island events:
Maui Chef’s Table
An interactive dining experience featuring an elevated menu of 8 courses from Chef Jeff Scheer await you at the Maui Tropical Plantation. There are many reasons why the Maui Chef’s Table events have been selling out all year long. Outdoor dining on one of the most beautiful properties in Hawaii, delicious, unique and fresh dishes from organic product growing on property, and a wait and bar staff that are the best in the industry.
This will sell out before the date, so grab tickets now! Tickets Here
Drums of the Pacific Luau
From mesmerizing music to fantastic food, Drums of the Pacific Luau offers guests both a visit back into Hawaii’s culturally rich past and a wonderful way to celebrate with the whole family.
Located at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Lahaina, this luau—often rated one of the best on the island—starts with killer cocktails and ends with a deeper appreciation of Hawaii’s hula-filled history.
Along the way, guests are treated to authentic Hawaiian food—complete with lau lau and poi—excellent entertainment, and views of the starlit water.
A great alternative for families traveling with keiki—or the perfect way to kick off a rollicking West Side evening. Tickets Here
Fireworks in Wailea
Sleek eateries, elegant hotels, pristine beaches—Wailea is the posher side of paradise.
It’s also home to the island’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza at the Grand Wailea resort, a luxe, Waldorf Astoria property situated on one of the finest stretches of sand on the Valley Isle.
Arrive early for dinner and drinks at one of the region’s famed restaurants (Ko’s, Monkeypod, and Gannon’s are all superb choices), cruise The Shops at Wailea for souvenirs and refreshments, and stroll the Wailea Coastal Walk before setting up a blanket and ice chest on one of the south shore’s dazzling beaches. Then pop open the champagne and kick back in the sand: This is one glorious show.
Bar Hop at The Triangle
Swilling back drinks and listening to live music more your thing? Consider hitting up The Triangle—a complex of seven lively bars that span from divey to divine on Maui’s sunny south side.
Irish car bombs and shots of Fireball are served with warmth and Éire aloha at the beloved Dog & Duck Irish Pub, while those searching for artisan beers need only to slip into What Ales You next door for handcrafted hops.
Looking for pizza, domestic drafts, and some chilled-out vibes? The South Shore Tiki Lounge offers all three in spades, looping surf videos from their flatscreen TVs and playing a solid mix of jamming reggae. Kahale’s Beach Club across the way draws in the biker crew with their vibrant assortment of live music and cheap drinks; Three’s Bar & Grill, meanwhile, has a formal dining room, a great lanai, and terrific sushi.
Keen on dancing—and singing—the year away? Haui’s Life’s a Beach is the south side spot for rowdy karaoke, while Ambrosia Martini Lounge supplies marvelous mixes both on and off the dance floor.
Countdown to 2017 at the Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton in Kapalua is the epitome of sophistication.
Situated on the verdant West Maui coast, the opulent resort is holding a New Year’s Eve Countdown Party in their legendary Anuenue Room.
An ice bar, cocktail luge, and photo booth will be set up against live music by Eric Gilliom—a Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning entertainer celebrated for the magic he’s so skilled at creating.
Come early for an extraordinary feast at one of the resort’s fashionable spots, whether it’s caviar and Dom Perignon at The Banyan Tree or tropical tapas at The Terrace. And put your party shoes on: This is the place to rock the dressy garb you threw into your suitcase. Tickets Here
New Year on the Blue
Panoramic vistas, ten varieties of beer on draft, some of the most energetic entertainment on the island—Mulligans on the Blue offers a one-of-a-kind way to party at their New Year on the Blue blowout.
Those who want to dine and dance can get their grind on in more ways than one with a buffet dinner featuring prime rib and decadent desserts followed by live music (TBA), while peeps seeking a more intimate experience can indulge in a lavish Italian meal at Hotel Wailea before strolling down the slope to the locally-loved bar. Once there, have island-inspired drinks and partake in some memorable debauchery. (Trust us: There is such a thing.)
Blue not your scheme? Break out your mask instead at Down the Hatch’s Masquerade Ball in the hub of hip-hopping Lahaina.
Located on Front Street—an oceanfront boulevard burgeoning with shops, restaurants, and bars—Down the Hatch will bring new meaning to revelry with live DJs, two fully stocked bars, and a sizable dance floor “underneath” it all at The Wharf.
Should you be tempted to keep bouncing—what’s NYE without a little dynamism?—rest assured that Front Street has other top offerings, including the renowned rooftop bar at Fleetwood’s.
Who ever said New Year’s Eve had to be celebrated with fireworks and libations?
Take a calmer approach to 2017 by heading out for our most stunning part of the island: The lush, green, thrumming-with-peace Road to Hana.
Van tours give visitors the chance to sit back and enjoy the remarkable views—waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and rainforests teeming with beauties—while DIY trips allow you the time and space to soak up the splendor at your own pace.
Make a stop at Mana Foods for a midnight picnic—whether that’s wine and cheese or meat to grill camp-side—and stay for the night at Waianapanapa State Park or Oheo Gulch. Book early—spots at these choice campgrounds go fast—and then bliss out. Such an escapade is sure to inspire a year of pure tranquility.