Haute Hotel NYE Happenings

View of Fireworks from Morimoto at the Waikiki Edition Hotel

Time to nail down those New Years plans. 2011 is just around the corner and there are a ton of haute New Year happenings on deck. How’s the party femme or gent to choose? Well, this round-up specifically pays homage to the haute hotels and their respective New Year’s eve fetes. Stay tuned for more NYE scoop mid-week. Happy Countdown Hawaii!

The Waikiki Edition Hotel

It’s no surprise that the new and coolest kid on the block is throwing a bang out fete to ring in 2011. Featuring two special guest DJs, the Waikiki Edition Hotel’s New Years event begins at 9 p.m. on the Sunrise Pool Deck. Until 12 a.m. enjoy light food stations and dancing in the ballroom with DJ Devin Lucien. Toast with bubbles at midnight before heading up to Crazybox to dance some more with DJ Ruckus. General Admission Tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $100. And, Waikiki Edition Hotel’s namesake restaurant is also hosting a NYE culinary filled fete. Experience Morimoto Waikiki and an exclusive party hosted by Chef Morimoto. Expect a fabulous flow of food all night, including a sushi & raw bar, fine wines and champagne, a live DJ, and fabulous door prizes. The Edition’s offering a slew of spectacular ways to ring in the New Year!

For Waikiki Edition Hotel party happenings call 808. 943.580.

Kahala Hotel & Resort

New York has the glittering crystal ball. And, now Honolulu will have a giant, LED-lit papier-mâché pineapple dropping ten stories at midnight from the Kahala Hotel and Resort’s rooftop to the delight of party revelers and guests at the edge of Diamond Head and Waikiki. The Pineapple Drop will be a first for Hawaii and perhaps the mark of a signature celebration at The Kahala, will be a true, environmentally friendly spectacle. The pineapple will be over eight feet tall, more than three feet in circumference and will have 150 brilliant LED lights in the “eyes” of the pineapple’s skin. Hoisted by crane, wires and pulleys, the Pineapple will gracefully descend 10 stories from the rooftop of the hotel at the stroke of midnight, ringing in the New Year in grand Hawaiian style for resort guests and New Year’s Eve revelers.  The Kahala Hotel & Resorts New Year’s Eve Soiree is $50 per guest and includes party favors, a no-host bar and dancing to live music by Jeanette Trevias and the Mad Men.

Pre-Pineapple Drop, enjoy dinner at Hoku’s or Plumeria Beach House. Diners will have complimentary entry to the pool and beachside party. Hoku’s is offering a five-course meal featuring seared scallops served with champagne caviar sauce, duck breast glazed with cherry and chives, grilled bone-in ribeye, and chocolate degustation made with terraine of Valrhona Manjari chocolate, mandarin foam and pistachio. Cost is $90. Plumeria Beach House will present a dinner buffet complete with carving stations, assorted sushi, poached lobster tails and foie gras french toast.

For more information call 808.739.8888.


Sheraton Waikiki’s RumFire and The Edge at Waikiki will join to ignite New Year’s Eve with a Las Vegas and New York themed event, “Oceanfront Sin City meets New York City Times Square”. Music by DJ Betty will kick off the evening’s entertainment program followed by performances by the Bacardi Cabaret Girls and Boys, Vegas show girls and a multitude of celebrity impersonators. Explore living art with graffiti body paint artists. And, count down the new year with Sheraton Waikiki’s version of Times Square ball drop to be followed by a perfect view of the extravagant fireworks display at midnight.

For more information call 808.922.4422 or visit www.rumfirewaikiki.com.

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, presents an evening of dinner, drinks and allure with an exclusive “Royal Pink Night” to ring in the New Year. The Mai Tai Bar, Azure Restaurant and the Monarch Room will each host three distinct celebrations on Friday, December 31. The Mai Tai bar will be hosting a Pink Party from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $50 per person and will include a live band and DJ entertainment for a night of dancing under the stars. VIP table reservations are also available for $100. Enjoy the oceanfront fireworks display on Waikiki Beach at midnight to welcome the New Year. Azure restaurant will offer a five-course menu from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for $160 per person. Dinner will also include access to the Pink Party at the Mai Tai Bar. Premium oceanfront or cabana style table seating is available for an additional cost. The five-course menu will feature Kona Abalone Cappucino, Waialua Asparagus and Proscuitto de Parma salad, Kona Lobster with Anchovy & Marrow Butter, your choice of Prime Ribeye, Azure Bouillabaise, or Blackened Ahi with Crab & Lemongrass crust, with a chef’s selection sweet ending. And, at the Monarch Room, guests will enjoy the Pink NYE Luau. Sip the complimentary “Pink Blush” cocktail to kick off the festivities. The buffet style feast will be available from 6:30 to 9 p.m. followed by a cultural Polynesian performance from 8 to 9 p.m. Prices for hotel guests are $179 and $199 for the general public. The luau buffet will boast a cold station with extensive poke offerings, salad stations, a bevy of hot items including Kalua pig, huli huli chicken and Asian style mahi mahi. Sweet endings will feature a Waialua Estate chocolate coffee tasting, Coffee Pot O’ Cream with island berries, flourless chocolate cake, macadamia nut cannoli with chocolate mousse and more.

For all Royal Hawaiian Hotel festivities call 808.921.4600.