This Is What It’s Like to Spend New Year’s Eve on Maui

It’s true what they say: there’s no bad time to visit Hawaii. That’s because there’s nowhere else like it! However, in December, gorgeous sunsets, epic whale watching, and plenty of fun events make New Year’s Eve on Maui a truly memorable night. Keep reading to find out what’s happening this year on the island. Then, plan the ultimate NYE getaway with our free Vacation Guide! You’ll find local recommendations for restaurants, nightlife, outdoor recreation, and more.

Let’s Celebrate!

Top 3 Activities for New Year’s Eve on Maui

1. Cruises

Maui sunset cruises are popular year-round. But, they’re even more special on New Year’s Eve! Start your night with a scenic sail around the island, complete with music, free-flowing drinks, and delicious food. Then, head back to The Old Wailuku Inn and relax as the new year begins.

A few charter companies offer special holiday cruises, including:

2. Luaus

If you’d prefer to stay on land, a luau is another great way to ring in the new year. Head to Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach to experience Drums of the Pacific, the longest-running dinner theater on the island. This traditional luau has been entertaining visitors for over 40 years. On New Year’s Eve, you can expect an exciting countdown, souvenir photos, party hats, and sparkling wine. Plus, guests enjoy an upgraded buffet menu with prime rib, roasted potatoes, and desserts. 

Drums of the Pacific offers two New Year’s Eve dinner seatings: 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Get your tickets now!

3. Fireworks

End your night with a bang! The Grand Wailea Hotel boasts Maui’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration. The display takes place at midnight and is visible from most Wailea resort properties. There’s nothing more magical than seeing an explosion of color over the Pacific! 

Note: Public parking is scarce in this area. Consider taking a rideshare to Wailea, or simply look for informal firework displays around the island. Tourists and residents often set off fireworks on the beaches of Ka’anapali.

Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

View of the bed in the Hibiscus Garden RoomDoes your idea of the perfect NYE include a few hours out followed by a quiet night in? If so, you’ll love spending New Year’s Eve on Maui. Most events on the island end early, so you can spend the rest of the night with your loved ones. Simply book one of our peaceful guest rooms and start planning your trip!

Another perk of staying at our inn is the delicious, gourmet breakfast served each morning. Had too much champagne? Sit down at our communal dining table and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Then, indulge in fresh fruit, a hearty entree (changes daily), and carafes of juice. It’s the best way to kick off the new year!

Don’t wait — check our availability and reserve your room now.
We look forward to hosting you this New Year’s Eve!