Maui Events: The 3 Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2013 on Your Maui Vacation

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Want to find some Maui events to celebrate New Year’s Eve on your Maui vacation?  Here are my top 3 for New Year's Eve 2013.  Plus, where to get your tickets, how far in advance you need to book so you don't miss out, and pricing.

New Year's Eve fireworks

1) Spend New Year's Eve Cruising the High Seas!

Imagine spending your Maui HI vacation New Year's Eve cruising along on the open ocean! How cool would THAT be?!?!  Here are a couple of options for you to consider:

The Pride of Maui Cruise

Appetizers and snacks on Pride of Maui cruise

They offer a 3 hour New Year's Eve Cruise on Maui, departing from Maalaea Harbor.

Their cruise features live music, gourmet desserts, a premium open bar, mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight.

And to top it off, they even take you to a fireworks show at sea to celebrate the start of the New Year! Be sure to book early, because they sell out fast!

2013 Internet Booking Prices: (taxes not included)

Pride of Maui fireworks on New Year's Eve Cruise

Adults: $119.95

For reservations, you can call them at 877-867-7433 or 808-242-0955.

Don't miss out, and book your tickets as soon as possible - the beginning of October is NOT too early, since they are often sold out by then end of that month!  Worst case, if they are sold out, you can sign up for their waitlist - guests are allowed to cancel with at least 48 hours notice, so you might luck out and snag a ticket that way!

The Pacific Whale Foundation Maui New Year's Eve Cruise

This year's guests of the cocktail cruise will enjoy the live Hawaiian entertainment and chef-prepared hors d'oeuvres at sea.  If you like the idea of celebrating your Maui HI vacation New Year's Eve at sea, and the Pride of Maui with their fireworks show is sold out, then I think the Pacific Whale Foundation would make a great second choice! They have a very good reputation, and have been in business for many years.

2013 Internet Booking Prices: (taxes not included)

Adults and Children aged 13 and up: $71.95
Children age 3-12: $59.95
Children age 0-2: 1 free per paying adult, or $59.95 each

For more information or reservations, contact the Pacific Whale Foundation at 1-808-249-8811. 

Alternatively, you can book on-line (and snag that on-line booking discount!)  This event doesn't sell out as fast as the Pride of Maui,  but if I were you, I'd still try to book as soon as possible - there are usually still some tickets available in early November, but it's anyone's guess how soon they'll sell out after that.

Maalaea Departure New Year's Eve Cruise

Lahaina Departure New Year's Eve Cruise

2) Hula the Night Away at the Drums of the Pacific Luau!

This would be one of those Maui events that is definitely NOT your typical mainland New Year's celebration!

Dancers at the Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Maui

Guests of the Hyatt Regency Maui Drums of the Pacific Luau will enjoy an extra special performance of their Polynesian Revue with a New Year's Eve countdown and a fire knife finale! Talk about a cool Maui event to ring in the New Year on your Maui HI vacation!

In addition to that, guests of this special New Year's Eve performance of the Drums of the Pacific Luau will enjoy:

  • Free-Flowing Champagne and an open bar
  • Party Favours Galore!
  • Pre-show entertainment followed by a buffet dinner
  • A special desert extravaganza which will include all kinds of delectable treats!

As a girl who has a serious sweet tooth, I must say the thought of their desert extravaganza is making my mouth water as I write this!

Now keep in mind that this will cost you more than it would if you went to the Drums of the Pacific Luau on a regular night... but since it will most definitely make for a memorable New Year's Eve on your Maui HI vacation, it is FOR SURE worth considering!

2013 Prices for the late night New Year's Eve Drums of the Pacific Luau: (taxes not included)

Drums of the Pacific Luau Fire Dancer at the Hyatt Maui

VIP Seating (1st 2 rows)
Adults: $196
Age 13-20: $166
Age 6-12: $146
Age 5 and under: $ 26

Standard Seating
Adults: $166
Age 13-20: $135
Age 6-12: $116
Age 5 and under: FREE

I'm writing this at the end of October 2013 - I just spoke with the Hyatt's activities desk, and they still have tickets left - but they may not last long! So, if you'd like to check this one out, it's probably a good idea to book right away!  (especially if you want the VIP seating!)

For more information or Drums of the Pacific Luau reservations, contact the Hyatt Regency Maui at 1-808-661-1234 or view details on their website. *Note* They will be running both their regular early evening Drums of the Pacific Luau show AND the special late-night New Year's Eve performance later on... so be sure to specify which one you want tickets for - I'd hate for anyone to accidentally book the wrong show and end up disappointed!

3) Celebrate New Year's Eve at Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel!

"Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel" (a.k.a. The Kaanapali Beach Hotel) will entertain guests at their Kupanaha Magic Show Dinner Theater - they present a theatrical performance showcasing the history of the Hawaiian islands and its people. Guests of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel special New Year's Eve show will also enjoy:

  • A 3-course dinner
  • Bar
  • Midnight toast
  • Dancing, party games, party favours and more!

This fun Maui event runs from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. and is followed up by a New Year's Good Morning Breakfast the next day! (Note: You do NOT have to be a guest at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel to take part!)

For more information or reservations, contact the Kaanapali Beach Hotel at 808-661-0011.  (As far as I know, you can't book this special show on-line - when you call, be sure to specify that you want tickets for the 8 p.m. show, otherwise you may end up with the regular 4:45 p.m. show!)

As of now (end of October 2013,) seating is still wide open for this event, so you should have plenty of time to book your tickets.

2013 Ticket Prices for Special New Year's Eve at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Front Row Gold Seating
All ages: $175

General Seating
Adults: $155
Teens age 13-20: $125
Children age 12 and under: $100
Infants with Chair: $50

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To find out about more fun Maui events on "The Valley Isle," see our Maui Events Calendar.

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