Celebrate NYE in Kakaako or at ‘Gatsby’ bash

Dec. 31, 2013 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
The annual New Year's Eve Party of the Year at Kakaako Waterfront Park promises plenty of music, food, rides, games and fireworks. --Courtesy photo

The annual New Year’s Eve “Party of the Year” at Kakaako Waterfront Park promises plenty of music, food, rides, games and fireworks. (Courtesy photo)

BY STEFANIE NAKASONE / snakasone@staradvertiser.com

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Well, assuming you aren’t obligated to spend the entire evening at a family get-together, there are loads of options around Honolulu, from family-friendly blowouts to upscale, trendy affairs.

The biggest bash will be the fourth annual New Year’s Eve “Party of the Year,” which takes over Kakaako Waterfront Park starting at 6 p.m. It promises to be “bigger, better and crazier” than any other party on the island, with seven areas and stages featuring more than 20 DJs and bands.

This year’s Party of the Year features Hawaii’s own The Green, Kapena and Nesian Nine on the 93.1 Da Pa’ina concert stage.

Cataracs is headlining the Power 104.3 stage. The act is best known for collaborating with Dev on “Bass Down Low” and Far East Movement and Dev on “Like a G6.”

To keep the keiki (or keiki at heart) amused, there will be carnival rides, an LED-lit Ferris wheel and games by E.K. Fernandez. And there’ll be plenty of fireworks, with shows every hour from 9 p.m. to the $25,000 grand finale at midnight.

The event will also include the monthly “Eat the Street” food festival, with food trucks, VIP areas featuring prime views of the fireworks, and a 105.9 KPOI section including mechanical bull rides, a vapor lounge and fire dancers.

DITCHING the kiddies? Put on your best flapper frock and head to the Modern Honolulu for “The Great Modern Experience,” an extravagant bash with all the glitz and glamour of the 1920s.

The upscale “Great Gatsby”-inspired soiree is open to the 21-and-over crowd from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., with several areas of the hotel hosting parties.

The main party will take place in the hotel’s ballroom, which accommodates 2,000. There will also be parties going on at the downstairs bar The Study and the hotel’s Sunrise and Sunset pool decks.

“We’re just creating different environments where guests can come and party, because on New Year’s Eve the worst thing is to come somewhere and you’re stuck there from 8 o’clock to 2 a.m. in one room, one environment,” said Addiction’s Tyler Dickinson.

SKAM Artist DJ Eric D-Lux — best known for his collaboration with LMFAO on the party hit “Shots” — headlines the ballroom, which will be decked out with “a ton of lighting, a ton of sound,” Dickinson said.

“It feels like a large nightclub, which is a really fun environment with elevated seating for the bottle service. It’s pretty awesome.”

The Study features guitarists Alex Oasay and Jeremy Cheng, as well as Honolulu Pulse blogger Christa “SuperCW” Wittmier on the turntables.

Do you have more than $100,000 to spare — and plan to jet in to Honolulu for New Year’s?

For $114,000 — yes, you read that right — you can book “The Great Modern Experience Package.” It’s a crazy price tag, but you’ll certainly be treated like you’re Leonardo DiCaprio, with a private jet charter round trip from California or Las Vegas to Honolulu and total VIP treatment during a four-night stay at the Modern.

OK, so you’re probably not getting that. But there are still several slightly more manageable VIP packages to splurge on, ranging from just under $1,000 (table of four) to $6,235.60 (table of 25), fees included. These packages all include a pre-party in The Study starting at 6 p.m., priority entry into the ballroom, bottle service and access to all VIP areas — that includes VIP bars, so you don’t have to spend your night waiting in line.

Looking for more New Year’s Eve ideas? Check out TGIF’s list of New Year’s Eve events and a Q&A with returning humorist Bill Maher.

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