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Happy New Year!

Posted by Jody on December 31, 2012

OK, maybe it doesn’t come close to the Sydney New Year’s US$6.9 million fireworks extravaganza from the steel arch Habour Bridge, and it has nothing near the glitz of the First Night celebration with the well known Zambelli Fireworks spectacular over Boston Harbor, but it is a room with a great view and a fireworks show!

So, Happy New Year with all the glitter and glow from Waikiki Beach’s man made Hilton Lagoon (aka: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon)! The ocean beach next to the lagoon, Duke Kahanamoku Beach, has been named the #2 beach in America for 2012 by the well-respected “Dr. Beach.”  This is where world famous Waikiki Beach begins.

The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon is the setting of a free fireworks display, hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, which takes place every Friday evening. It’s one fine show!

A room with a view, Honolulu, Hawaii

A Room with a View, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hilton Lagoon, Waikiki Beach

Hilton Lagoon, Waikiki Beach

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki Beach

View of the Hilton Lagoon Fireworks, Waikiki Beach

The Hilton Lagoon has always been one of our favorite sandy spots on Waikiki. This family friendly, kid pleasing swimming and recreation center boasts five full acres of splashable fun that is open to Hilton Hawaiian Village guests and the general public, alike. It’s also the spot where you can catch a parade of brides and grooms posing for dazzling and dramatic wedding photos, with sun-drenched Waikiki Beach and iconic Diamond Head as their backdrop. This is the perfect place to catch those amazing Hawaiian sunrises, too!

By the way, do you recognize this unique building?  It’s the Ilikai, where Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord), the head of a special state police task force, is standing in the opening credits for the original Hawaii 5-O. “Book ’em, Danno.”

Here are a couple helpful links: Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (includes family friendly freebies near Waikiki Beach)

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon

Aloha and Beat Wishes for 2013!

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14 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Beautiful pictures – Happy New Year!

  2. Lois said

    How wonderful – what amazing pictures!
    Happy new year, and happy blogging in 2013!

  3. Bill Hayes said

    Now that is a new years’ celebration location.

  4. kiwiskan said

    Great shots, and lovely blue sea…but it might be a bit crowded for me. Great for kids though

    • Jody said

      The wonderful thing about this location is that it is at the very edge of Waikiki Beach and down the way from most of the really touristy hubbub. I’ve stayed there with my mother a few times. She likes the crowds and I prefer the quiet! Have a wonderful New Year!

  5. Am SO GLAD that you’re here in Honolulu for New Years!! This evening if you go to the other side of the Lagoon you can see THREE fireworks displays at midnite… Waikiki Beach to the left, Kaka’ako Park and Aloha Tower to the right! Beautiful photos of the Lagoon and the Ilikai you took!!
    Kahuna-pule Kimo

  6. Ruth said

    Dear Jodie, a very happy new year to you and yours. Extremely jealous of your new year in Honolulu, we are just setting off to meet our friend over in the UK who normally resides in Manoa, just wish we were heading back with him to Oahu.

  7. I hope you had a wonderful new year’s eve and happy new year!

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