New Year’s Eve rings in from intimate feasts to rockin’ fireworks parties

Michael Gaal (above, left) and Lani Clarion of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s talented Food & Beverage department toast to the many happenings at the resort over the New Year. • Carla Tracy photo

Revel with your date at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea Harbor Shops from 5 to 10 p.m. It will present a romantic three-course Euro-style repast with soup or fresh salad, followed by your choice of Osso Buco alla Cipriani (a favorite veal shank any time of the year); whole Kona-raised Maine lobster del Vino, or Cornish hen a la Francaise, and a festive dessert.

Cost is $60 per person, plus tax and 20 percent tip. Seatings are at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Call 868-0732.

Lahaina Coolers will beckon from its spot on Dickenson Street in the historic West Maui town. Select from appetizers of oysters Rockefeller, lobster bisque or salad of baby spinach, Kula strawberries, candied pecans and Maui goat cheese.

A la carte entrees range from 14-ounce prime rib with au jus and horseradish cream to pistachio-crusted opakapaka with vanilla bean beurre blanc to 8-ounce lobster tail with drawn butter. Dessert is creme brulee with Kula strawberries.

Appetizers and dessert start at $10, and entrees range from $30 to $38. Call “the Coolers” at 661-7082.

Want to reach for the stars on New Year’s Eve? Go to the Hyatt Regency Maui rooftop party (at left), which will feature stargazing, dessert, champagne and party favors. • Photo courtesy Hyatt Maui

On New Year’s Eve, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will let you shout it from the rooftops, so to speak, at its Tour of the Stars New Year’s Eve Star Party from 11 p.m. to midnight.

The rooftop stargazing party includes champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and party favors.

In addition, the Hyatt will add a special late night show of Drums of the Pacific Lu’au from 9 p.m. to midnight to ring in the new year, Hawaiian style!

“Enjoy all of the exciting features of the traditional luau with special upgrades which include a free souvenir photo and frame, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, special lei, dessert bonanza and spectacular three-man Samoan fire-knife finale,” says Klara Crocco, new director of Marketing and Communications.

Other festivities include Japengo specials and a ring-out-the-old pool party at ‘Umalu. For more details or reservations, visit www.

Longhi’s Wailea will throw its annual New Year’s Eve party at The Shops at Wailea with seatings at 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Owner Peter Longhi wants you to wine and dine your way into the New Year with his family’s authentic Italian cuisine and your favorite date.

Savor your choice of appetizers such as ahi poke or roasted vegetables on crostini; followed by Longhi Longhi salad dressed in feta-lemon vinaigrette.

Entree options are surf and turf of filet mignon and steamed king crab legs; fresh Hawaiian fish Veronique sauteed in white wine and green grapes; veal Marsala or pasta primavera.

Delight in desserts of eggnog cheesecake or flourless chocolate cake and coffee or tea. The cost of $85 per person includes dinner, DJ music, dancing, a midnight toast and party favors. See the fireworks over Wailea go off at midnight. Call 891-8883. Longhi’s Lahaina will have a similar extravaganza at the same price. Call 667-2288.

Soul Kitchen New Year’s Eve Party at Mulligans on the Blue will be among the best places to see the fireworks at midnight over Wailea Beach.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Soul Kitchen begins to play at 7 p.m. The prime rib dinner buffet includes Cajun-seared ahi, Caesar salad, lobster bisque, jasmine rice, vegetarian spring rolls, scalloped potatoes, Maui mixed vegetables, prime rib with horseradish and au jus, blackened mahimahi, whole-wheat pasta primavera, chocolate lava cake and Bailey’s Irish cheesecake. Call 250-8288 or visit

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will host a not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball in partnership with Veuve Clicquot featuring live music by Nuff Sedd, passed hors d’oeuvres, premium open bar, photo booth and festive party favors.

Entry is $250 per person, but for those with New Year’s Eve dinner reservations at The Banyan Tree or The Terrace, entry into the Masquerade Ball is $200 per person. A limited number of VIP private tables are available starting at $700 per couple and include one bottle of fine Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Ritz reservations are available by calling 665-7089.

Families can come together to usher in the new year at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel from 5 to 9 p.m. at Tiki Terrace.

Begin with a cold bar of cabbage and crab slaw with pesto dressing, local favorites such as oysters on the half shell, snow crab legs, sliced tako with miso dressing and Caprese salad. Let chefs carve kiawe-slow roasted prime rib and award-winning Koala lamb chops, then head to the pasta station and hot entrees such as sauteed fresh island fish and linguine with clams,

The dessert buffet includes cakes, pies and assorted cheesecakes. Cost of $75 per adult includes glass of champagne and party favors. Children 6 to 12 years old get in for $45. Call 667-0124.

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, everyone!