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Hawaii — By byun on December 31, 2009 at 5:37 pm

How to ring in the New Year in Honolulu

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sunsurfr (Flickr)

A new decade is upon us!  If you’re in Honolulu and searching for the perfect way to ring in the new year, look no further than these joyous events and festivities.  Whether you want to eat, dance or party, Honolulu’s the place to be tonight!


  • Alan Wong’s New Year’s Eve Dinner offers a tasting of five delectable appetizers along with lamb Wellington, butter-poached lobster and more.  There’s no a la carte menu available tonight, so eat up!  1857 S. King St., dinner available 4:30–10pm, $105, 949-2526
  • Azure, the 2010 Hale Aina award winner for Best New Restaurant, is serving a special five-course dinner.  Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave., dinner seatings available between 5:30–9pm, $150 adults, $40 ages 5–12, 921-4600
  • Chai’s Island Bistro has a special New Year’s Eve Menu that allows diners to assemble their own three- to five-course dinner. Choose among roasted butternut squash or lobster bisque, deconstructed Beef Wellington and more. There will be live entertainment most of the night.   Aloha Tower Marketplace, 1 Aloha Tower Dr., $60–$80 prix fixe deals, 585-0011


  • A special New Year’s “Evil” show brings the Misfits, a celebrated punk band, to the Pipeline Cafe.  805 Pohukaina St., 8pm, tickets $40, $75 VIP (pre-sale only), #(877) 71-GROOVE
  • How can you not love the Village People?  Bring back meaning to the YMCA and Macho Man tonight!  Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave., 8:30pm, $75–$150, #(800) 745-3000


  • Flash and Matty Boy’s White Party at Apartm3nt will be one of the bigger New Year’s bashes — white apparel mandatory after 8 p.m.  Apartm3nt, Century Center, 1750 Kalakaua Ave., 3rd floor, happy hour until 7pm, 955-9300


  • Ravenchase Adventures’ city-wide scavenger hunt and its “Fourth Annual Quest for Father Time” starts in downtown Honolulu and ends with an after-party filled with open bar, pupu buffet, live band, fireworks and champagne toast.  7pm–midnight, $125 per person, #266-0478 or #203-8963
  • The Star of Honolulu’s New Year’s Eve Cruise will feature fireworks, dinner, dancing, prizes and a champagne toast.  Pier 8, Aloha Tower Marketplace, 10:45pm–12:45am, $155 and up, $125.55 and up for kamaaina/military, 21+, #983-7827

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