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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Hitt List: My 2011/2012 New Year’s Eve Picks in Honolulu

The Hitt List: My 2011/2012 New Year’s Eve Picks in Honolulu

If you’re looking for a New Year’s party to remember with a view of fireworks, then these are the ones I recommend.

The Modern Honolulu hotel invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve with multiple rooms to party—the ballroom, Addiction nightclub, pool decks, lobby bar, lounge and Morimoto Waikiki. This is where Honolulu’s elite will be partying in full force with L.A. and NY deejays: Skam Artist DJ Roctakon, DJ Neil Armstrong, DJ Audiobot and DJ Lucky Lou. The hotel offers a view of the Waikiki fireworks off its pool deck. 21+, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. $75 general admission, $125 VIP. Morimoto Waikiki dinner $120 per person with chef Morimoto. 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, 866-970-4161,

RumFire makes it on my list for its pure ambiance—it is oceanfront with prime view of fireworks off Waikiki beach. Nothing can beat that. Celebrate at RumFire with a (somewhat creepy) “end of the world” party with décor that portrays a post apocalyptic world, complete with its own meteor ball drop. Miss Chanel, Maleko, DJ Betty and DJ Revise will be on hand to entertain you as the Mayan calendar comes to an end. 21+, 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., $75 regular, $65 presale. Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki. 922-4422,

If you’re looking for something new, then nothing is as spanking new as the recently opened nightclub, The Standard, at Restaurant Row. Dance to house music by special guest DJ Enrie, who is known for bringing House music to LA with his very successful lunchtime radio show on Power 106FM. Guests will receive party favors and a champagne toast. Step outside and you’ll have a view of the midnight fireworks from Aloha Tower. 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., $25 per person, $50 VIP. Restaurant Row, 529-0010. Buy tickets online:

Sorento’s at The Top of The Ilikai offers a unique New Year’s celebration with its black and white Venetian Masquerade theme. Reserve the second seating ($125) so you can stay to enjoy the midnight firework display off Waikiki and Aloha Tower from its panoramic view. It includes a five-course menu prepared by executive chef Maka Kwon. Masks will be handed out, and all ages are invited. There is also a special bar seating ($40) which includes tapas and a glass of wine. 8 p.m. to midnight. Ilikai hotel, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, 955-5559.

For Westside residents, Ko Olina is presenting the largest NYE fireworks display with more than 100,000 explosives and pyrotechnics. View from one of four of the lagoons for free, or hop onto a 60-foot catamaran ($65 per person) for a fireworks view from the ocean. Here’s the catch: parking is $20 per car. But, here’s a tip: park at Aulani about 9 p.m., go to the Off the Hook bar to toast to the New Year a few times, and then walk to the beach to watch the fireworks at midnight. Parking validation is free for up to four hours, if you spend over $35. If you’re going to spend the cash, you may as well buy some drinks. 679-1090,


Related links:
No Cover New Year’s Eve Bars 2012
Dining for New Year's Eve--and Day.

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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