Your Guide to the Perfect New Year’s Weekend: Dec. 29, 2022–Jan. 4, 2023

Happy New Year! See fireworks in Waikīkī, shop for Fukubukuro mystery bags and watch the pineapple drop in Mililani with the keiki.

 

Pop, Fizz, Clink

Saturday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at a party at the International Market Place’s Grand Lānai, which will be sectioned off so that guests with tickets can access multiple parties at participating restaurants. Listen to live entertainment by Henry Kapono, Tavana, DJ Romeo Valentine and DJ Jem. Each restaurant will provide a no-host full bar and a tasting menu, and you can check out the giant illuminated pineapple on the rooftop. Complimentary appetizers and New Year’s Eve swag will be available while supplies last. Parking isn’t guaranteed, so consider ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft.

 

Starts from $115, International Market Place, Grand Lānai, Level 3, shopinternationalmarketplace.com, @intlmktplace

 


SEE ALSO: New Year’s Eve Parties, Fireworks Show and Other Events


 

The Green

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Note Hawai‘i

 

The Green

Friday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 1, 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows

Popular local roots reggae band The Green performs live—you might know it for iconic songs like “Loving I” and “Coming Home.” The band’s earned multiple awards and nominations since 2009—most recently, its sixth album, Brand New Eyes, was nominated for the fans-choice 2021 Album of the Year by Surf Roots TV & Radio.

 

$65–$95, Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave., bluenotehawaii.com, @bluenotehawaii

 


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to Concerts and Live Music in Honolulu


 

Downtown Art Center

Photo: Tracy Chan/Downtown Art Center

 

DAC Holiday Invitational 2022

Through Friday, Dec. 30

Downtown Art Center’s holiday exhibition closes this week, so stop by to view works curated by Gina Bacon Kerr. The show features more than 30 Hawai‘i artists, including Allison Roscoe, Debbie Pacheco, Drew Matsumoto and Jonathan Clark.

 

1041 Nu‘uanu Ave., Second Floor, downtownarthi.org, @downtownartcenter

 


 

Tom Segura: I’m Coming Everywhere Tour

Saturday, Dec. 31, 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows

A big name in the comedy business, Tom Segura has multiple Netflix stand-up specials including Ball Hog, Disgraceful and Mostly Stories. He’s been on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Conan and in movies like Instant Family and Flinch. For the 9:30 show, there are still a few upper balcony seats available.

 

$69–$150, Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., hawaiitheatre.com@hawaiitheatre

 


SEE ALSO: The Lineup: Where to Catch Comedy in Honolulu


 

Ice Palace 1

Photo: Brie Thalmann

 

Go Ice Skating

Saturday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 1, noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

Close out the year—or ring in the new one!—by donning your ice skates and visiting Ice Palace, which finally reopened last week after closing in 2020. The space has been renovated with a new snack bar, repainted walls and new bleachers. Read more here.

 

Family-Friendly Event, $16, 4510 Salt Lake Blvd., icepalacehawaii.com, @icepalacehawaii

 


 

Bill Maher David Becker

Photo: David Becker

 

Bill Maher

Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Bill Maher returns to Hawai‘i for his annual New Year’s Eve special. The popular comedian will be joined by special guests Jeff Ross and Wendy Liebman. Tickets are required for everyone age 4 and older. There are still several seats available closer to the stage, and you’ll find plenty of spots on the lawn.

 

$49.50–$550, Tom Moffatt Waikīkī Shell, 2805 Monsarrat  Ave., blaisdellcenter.com@billmaher

 


 

Pineapple Drop

Saturday, Dec. 31, 5 to 7 p.m.

If you’re looking for a keiki-friendly event for New Year’s, come to Mililani, where an illuminated 12-foot pineapple descends at 7 p.m., synched to the famous Times Square Ball Drop at midnight in New York. View live performances by musical group Ten Feet, the Asian Lion Dance Team and Ryugen Taiko. There will be giveaways throughout the event, including hundreds of free LED foam light wands, while supplies last.

 

Family-Friendly Event, 95-1249 Mehe‘ula Parkway, Town Center of Mililani, towncenterofmililani.com@towncenterofmililani

 


 

Show Aloha Land 2022

Photo: Maria Kanai

 

Final Week for Show Aloha Land

Through Saturday, Dec. 31, 4:30 to 11:30 p.m.

If you haven’t visited the mega winter wonderland at Aloha Stadium yet, this is your last week to ride the holiday trains there, jump around in bounce houses, play in snow, chase bubbles, and drive or walk through a dazzling Christmas light show.

 

Family-Friendly Event, $39.95 per person for anyone over 2 (includes all attractions and drive-thru), $46.95 per car for drive-thru only, Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd., showalohaland.com, @showalohaland

 


SEE ALSO: We Tried It: Show Aloha Land


 

Wia Fireworks Courtesy Wia 1

Photo: Courtesy of Waikīkī Improvement Association

 

2023 Waikīkī New Year’s Fireworks

Saturday, Dec. 31, midnight

Fireworks are scheduled to go off at midnight in Waikīkī, so consider reserving a late dinner in the neighborhood or bringing a picnic basket to the beach to view the show, which will last eight to 10 minutes. The fireworks barge will be located a mile off the beach, and the fireworks will be visible throughout Waikīkī and surrounding areas.

 

Family-Friendly Event, Waikīkī Beach, waikikiimprovement.com

 

Fukubukuro Events

 

Ala Moana Center

Sunday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

More than 30 retailers at Ala Moana Center will participate in Fukubukuro, a Japanese retail tradition in which shoppers can grab bags filled with mystery merchandise worth at least double the price of the bags. Arrive early as many bags sell out shortly after stores open. Shoppers can enjoy performances from taiko drum master Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific, with two exhilarating taiko and Japanese lion dance performances. The performances will take place at 1 p.m. at Centerstage and at 3 p.m. at the ‘Ewa Wing Stage.

 

Family-Friendly Event, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., alamoanacenter.com, @alamoanacenter

 

Royal Hawaiian Center Lucky Bags

Photo: Courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Center

 

Royal Hawaiian Center

Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2

Participating restaurants and retailers include Dean & DeLuca, Jimmy Choo, Tim Ho Wan and more. Festivities begin on New Year’s Day with a traditional Japanese taiko drum performance in the Royal Grove.

 

Family-Friendly Event, Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalākaua Ave., royalhawaiiancenter.com, @royalhwnctr

 

International Market Place Fukubukuro

Photo: Courtesy of International Market Place

 

International Market Place

Saturday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan. 1

International Market Place will celebrate Fukubukuro early, on the 31st.  Participating retailers include Michael Kors, Sunglass Hut, Mitsuwa Marketplace, MCM Worldwide, Vera Bradley and more. Present your Fukubukuro bag to the customer service desk to participate in a lucky draw for gift cards and merchandise from select retailers.

 

Family-Friendly Event, International Market Place, 2330 Kalākaua Ave., shopinternationalmarketplace.com, @intlmktplace