New Year’s Eve happenings

‘Eat, drink and be Maui’ at festivities islandwide

Drums of the Pacific fire-knife dancers will entertain during two shows on New Year’s Eve at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Hyatt Maui photo

Hyatt Maui Resort & Spa readies for the New Year’s Eve countdown with its Drums of the Pacific Luau. In fact, two shows will be offered on New Year’s Eve. Both will feature traditional Hawaiian luau menu items as well as prime rib, fingerling potatoes, salad-bar sides and an extravagant dessert display.

From 9 p.m. to midnight, the second show will include a souvenir photo, party favors, hats and tiaras, and a champagne toast as you usher in 2019. Cost of the second show is $182 to $223 for adults; and $135 to $170 for keiki for the general, preferred or VIP seatings. For Hyatt Maui reservations, call 667-4727.

In The Shops at Wailea, The Pint & Cork gastropub has a comprehensive selection of whiskeys, pours 16 rotating craft beers on tap and invites revelers with its cool, dark and comfy ambience.

The Pint & Cork is fun to hang at anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. because of its lively bar scene and 14 flat screen TVs. Starting at 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve, it will feature a few specials by Chef James Wilfong, until they run out. Choose from lobster bisque with chive creme fraiche and caviar, or a pupu of seared Hudson Valley foie-gras served on orange-bourbon French toast drizzled with sauterne syrup.

Formerly the executive chef at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wilfong will also tempt with entree specials of surf and turf: bacon-wrapped filet mignon with lobster mashed potatoes and cherry port demi-glace; and Alaskan king crab legs with English pea and truffle risotto and smoked tomato butter. His dessert special is banana toffee bourbon cake with salted caramel. If you are still around at midnight, step outside and see the fireworks display over Wailea Resort. For more details, call 727-2038.

Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will be among the all-star lineup at a Wailea benefit for Maui Food Bank and Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Hyatt Maui photo

At Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bars in both Kapalua and Kihei, sushi chefs will be on a roll with specials until the end of the year for dinner from 5:15 to 10 p.m. nightly. At the sushi bar is fresh Hawaiian ono carpaccio with truffle ponzu, Fresno peppers and shiso leaf; and surf ‘n’ turf rolls of torched Wagyu beef artfully arranged atop lobster-asparagus roll. From the main kitchen, Executive Chef Kaipo Nakata will sear porcini-dusted ahi, grill Kunoa Cattle Co. filet tenderloins and bake apple-banana and mac-nut bread pudding. Prices are a la carte. Call Sansei in Kapalua at 669-6286 or Sansei in Kihei at 879-0004.

One of the hottest tickets in town for New Year’s Eve goes for the highest price: $675 to see a galaxy of rock legends from Alice Cooper to Michael McDonald perform at the Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott, Maui. Dig deep into your wallets for the noble cause that benefits Maui Food Bank and Maui Arts & Cultural Center starting with a 7:30 p.m. cocktail hour and an 8:30 p.m. concert on Monday. The evening includes a fireworks display at midnight with private rooftop viewing, and full bar is available with drinks for purchase. For tickets, email

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort will uncork the Moet & Chandon Neon Pool Party from 9 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve at the resort’s Hibiscus Pool Deck area. Sip champagne, drinks, beer and enjoy light pupu. Listen to live entertainment by SoulCirque, watch the fireworks show at midnight and get a bonus Moet & Chandon toast as a finale. For reservations, call the Grand at 875-1234.

Renowned as “Maui’s most Hawaiian” resort, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel exudes warm hospitality from its valet to servers. On New Year’s Eve, Executive Chef Tom Muromoto and Executive Sous Chef Chris Napoleon will present a lavish buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. in Tiki Terrace.

Sit down to a feast with roasted stuffed pork loin, fried chicken breast, sauteed fresh island fish, slow-cooked bone-in choice prime rib, Koala lamb chop, cold seafood bar, pasta and keiki stations, desserts and a glass of champagne and party favors. Cost is $75 for adults and $45 for children ages 6 to 12 years old. For reservations, call KBH at 667-0124.

Pint & Cork servers Hilary Aresco and Selina Rumschlag (from left) will cater to revelers as they ring in 2019 at the gastropub in The Shops at Wailea.