Ring in 2018 with These Fun New Year Cultural Celebrations in Honolulu

Skip the NYE hangover and welcome a prosperous new year by embracing these cultural traditions instead.


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First Day Hike

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

Makapuu sunrise hike

Photo: Diane Lee 

 

The first sunrise of 2018 is at 7:09 a.m. Join more than 700 people who hike to the top of Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail to greet the new year. There’ll be a (blowing of a conch shell) followed by an oli blessing and taiko drummers. You’ll be hiking in pitch darkness, so bring a flashlight and arrive before the gates open at 5:30 a.m. to claim a parking spot. It might get chilly and windy at the top of the trail, so bring a light jacket. 

Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail

 

SEE ALSO: O‘ahu Hike of the Month: Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail

 

Hatsumōde 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

New Year good luck omamori

PHOTO: COURTESY OF IRENE TAKIZAW

 

Usher in good luck for the new year with your first temple or shrine visit in 2018. This Japanese custom is called hatsumōde. Listen to the sounds of taiko drums, eat ozoni mochi soup (a New Year’s soup with mochi rice cake and seasonal vegetables), then let the Japanese shishi lion lightly bite your head for good luck. Pro tip: Park your car for free at Damien Memorial School and catch a complimentary shuttle to the event.

Free, midnight to 5 p.m., Hawai‘i Kotohira Jinsha – Hawai‘i Dazaifu Tenmangu, 1239 Olomea St., (808) 841-4755, e-shrine.org

 

Hatsumohde New Year Celebration

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

If you’re planning to stay up late, visit the Daijingu Temple of Hawai‘i between midnight and 3:30 a.m. to receive a blessing from a Shinto priest. You can buy a lucky amulet and a paper fortune to bring you good luck in 2018. Expect 6,000 people there. If you want to arrive earlier to beat the crowd, there will be a blessing on Dec. 31 at 10 and 11 p.m. Parking is available in the shrine’s parking lot and at the Boy Scouts parking lot across the street.

Free, midnight to 4 p.m., The Daijingu Temple of Hawai‘i, 61 Pū‘iwa Road, daijingutemple.org

 

Fukubukuro

SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017–MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018 (International Market Place)

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018 (Ala Moana Center)

Michael Kors purse

Photo: Courtesy of International Market Place 

 

Fukubukuro is a Japanese New Year’s Day custom in which retailers fill bags with mystery items and sell the bags at a discounted rate. At Ala Moana Center and International Market Place, you can take part in the tradition. For example, a mystery bag selling for $50 will contain at least $100 worth of merchandise. Here’s how it works: You can visit the participating stores, including Kate Spade New York, Godiva, Eden in Love and Reyn Spooner, to pick up a mystery bag. Sorry, you can’t open the bag until after you buy it. What’s inside? It’s a surprise! Expect limited quantities and long lines, so plan to hit up your favorite stores early.

 

Participating Ala Moana Center stores

Location

  • ABC Stores 

Street level 1, Center Court 

  • ABC Stores 

Street level 1, Diamond Head Wing 

  • ‘Auana Quilts 

Street level 1, Center Court 

  • Bally

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing 

  • bareMinerals        

Mall level 2, Mauka Wing

  • Bath & Body Works 

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Big Island Candies

Street level 1, Center Court

  • Crazy Shirts

Mall level 2, Mauka Wing

  • Diane von Furstenberg

Mall level 2, Center Court

  • Emporio Armani

Level 3, Center Court

  • Folli Follie 

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Freaky Tiki

Street level 1, Center Court

  • Godiva 

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Hallmark

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing 

  • Hawaiian Quilt Collection

Upper level 4, Hoʻokipa Terrace

  • In4mation 

Street level 1, Diamond Head Wing

  • Island Slipper

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Jamba Juice

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Jamba Juice                            

Street level 1, Makai Market

  • Jimmy Choo

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Kate Spade New York

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • La Perla 

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Lacoste 

Level 3, Center Court

  • Laline

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing

  • LeSportsac  

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Local Motion

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Lucky Strike Social

Level 3, Diamond Head Wing

  • Lupicia

Street level 1, Center Court

  • Mālie

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Martin & MacArthur

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Maui Divers Jewelry

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Michael Kors 

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Microsoft 

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Minamoto Kitchoan

Street level 1, Center Court

  • Nā Hōkū                                   

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Oncöur 

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing 

  • Papyrus

Street level 1, Center Court

  • Patisserie La Palme d’Or

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Porsche Design

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • REDValentino

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Reyn Spooner                          

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Salvatore Ferragamo              

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Samantha Thavasa 

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • San Lorenzo Bikinis                

Street level 1, Diamond Head Wing

  • Sand People

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Sephora 

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Sugarfina 

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

  • Sunglass Hut

Street level 1, Center Court

  • Sunglass Hut

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Sunglass Hut

Level 3, Mauka Wing

  • Swarovski

Level 3, Center Court

  • Swatch

Street level 1, Center Court

  • T&C Surf Designs

Level 3, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Teavana Mall 

Level 2, Mauka Wing

  • Ted Baker

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • The Art of Shaving                   

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • TheFaceShop  

Mall level 2, Mauka Wing

  • Tommy Bahama                      

Mall level 2, Mauka Wing

  • Tory Burch                                

Mall level 2, ‘Ewa Wing

  • Unicase 

Mall level 2, Mauka Wing

  • Versace 

Mall level 2, Diamond Head Wing

Price varies, 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Jan. 1, 2018, Ala Moana Center, alamoanacenter.com/en.html  

 

Participating International Market Place stores

Location 

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim

Banyan Court

  • 45R

Level 1, Queen’s Court

  • ASICS

Level 1, Mauka Court

  • Crabtree & Evelyn

Level 2, Queen’s Court 

  • Crazy Shirts 

Level 2, Banyan Court 

  • Eden in Love 

Level 1, Banyan Court 

  • Fabletics 

Level 2 near Queen’s Court 

  • Fossil

Level 2 near Queen’s Court 

  • Godiva

Level 2, Banyan Court 

  • Hurley

Level 1, Mauka Court 

  • Laline

Level 2, Queen’s Court 

  • L’Occitane en Provence

Level 1, Queen’s Court 

  • Maui Divers Jewelry

Level 1, Queen’s Court 

  • Michael Kors

Level 1 near Queen’s Court 

  • Mitsuwa Marketplace

Level 2 near Queen’s Court 

  • Pacific Harley-Davidson

Level 2, Banyan Court 

  • Papyrus

Level 2 near Saks Fifth Avenue 

  • Penhaligon’s 

Level 1, Queen’s Court 

  • Stripsteak

Level 3, Grand Lanai

  • Sugarfina

Level 1, Banyan Court 

  • Sunglass Hut 

Level 2, Banyan Court 

  • Swarovski

Level 2, Queen’s Court 

  • Tesla

Level 1, Banyan Court 

  • Vilebrequin

Level 1, Banyan Court 

  • Vince.

Level 1, Queen’s Court 

Price varies, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018, International Market Place, shopinternationalmarketplace.com/holidays

 

New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival

SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2018

New Year’s Ohana Festival

Photo: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i 

 

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s ‘Ohana Festival. This is a kickoff event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of gannen mono, the first Japanese immigrants to settle in Hawai‘i. There’ll be a craft fair, keiki games, food booths and more. Pro tip: Park your car for free at the University of Hawai‘i’s parking structure, then catch a complimentary shuttle to the festival. 

Free, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Mō‘ili‘ili Field, jcch.com/events/2018-new-years-‘ohana-festival

 

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