The following fireworks shows will take place throughout the state to usher in the new year:
8:30 p.m.: Barge offshore of Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk
10:30 p.m.: Barge fronting 4559 Kahala Avenue
Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 (Midnight, except where noted)
- Poipu: Poipu Beach Park, 5:30-10:30 p.m., with fireworks between 9-10 p.m.
- Aloha Tower Marketplace as part of 6th annual New Year’s Eve Party of the Year, fireworks starting at 9 p.m. on the hour
- Barge offshore of Waikiki (Waikiki Improvement Association)
- Ko Olina Resort
- 1101-1367 Sand Island Parkway
- Kahala Hotel
- Kihei: Offshore barge fronting Grand Wailea Hotel
- Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Kohala Coast
All firing times are approximate.
Mike Gaumichi, lead promoter for the New Year’s Eve part at Aloha Tower, said Thursay the event was on pace to sell out, expecting a total of 7,000 people.
With multiple stages featuring musics like R&B, reggae, hip-hop, and Top 40 classics, he said “we started building out three days ago — barricades, production, sound, video, lighting.”
And as for the fireworks show in Waikiki, organizers Wednesday were putting the finishing touches on the barges that will be shooting off fireworks from the waters fronting the Halekulani.
The 12-minute show will have 1,800 different effects, and what’s new this year is a mobile app to go along with the show. (Click here to learn more about the app.)
Tom Likos, executive producer with Fireworks by Grucci, said “you download the Grucci app, and five or 10 minutes before the show, open that app up and select ‘Waikiki Improvement Association New Year’s Eve show,’ and then you get the music and the narration that goes along with the show.”