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New Years Eve Guide

How will you spend your New Year’s? Getting together with old friends and creating sweet new memories? Searching for that eh, right-enough-for-the-moment person to kiss at midnight? Rebelliously lighting a sparkler in your uncle’s backyard? Whatever it is, just don’t stay in scooping your sorrows with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. (Just because the flavor is Karamel Sutra does not mean it’s a healthy spicy relationship.) There’s just too many NYE bashes going off around town to let that happen. Not to Mayan-ly mention, this may be your last… Happy 2012!

An Irish New Year’s Party The ole luck ‘o the Irish is new again. Featuring music by 11th Hour, Chas Hayes, The Art of Whimsy and NumberBrother. Free champagne toast at midnight. Anna O’Briens, 2440 S. Beretania St.: Sat., 12/31, (9pm–2am) $5. [11th-hour.rock.com], 347-1323

Fireworks by Sea Sail into 2012. Various midnight cruises to choose from featuring different cocktails, French-style dinners, live jazz and entertainment, champagne and the best view of the fireworks shows on Oahu. Star of Honolulu, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8: Sat., 12/31, (10:15pm–12:30am) $70. [starofhonolulu.com]

Friday Night Fireworks Begin your New Year’s with a blast…an evening early! Ten minute firework display spectacular the day before the big one on the 31st. Simply magical. Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2003 Kalia Rd.: Fri., 12/30, (7:45pm) Free. 544-3385

Ignite 2012: Oceanfront End of the World Party Party like it’s the last night of your life. Enter an apocalyptic world of modern mayhem with a countdown to midnight meteor ball drop from the top of the Sheraton Waikiki. Beats by DJ Betty and DJ Revise will set it off with a bang. RumFire, Sheraton Waikiki: Sat., 12/31, (8pm–2:30am) $65–$75. 866-952-3473

Moana’s Pre-Resolution Party Everything you need for a party: a dessert buffet, party favors, cocktails, pupu and entertainment–all in a first-rate historic venue. Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave.: Sat., 12/31, $50–$100. [moana-surfrider.com]

Neon Lights NYE Party It’s just thirtynine steps to ringing in 2012. thirtyninehotel, 39 N. Hotel St.: Sat., 12/31, (8pm) 599-2552

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza at Ko Olina The debut New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacle synchronized to popular music artists by Hawaii’s best pyrotechnicians. Stellar vantage points across all four oceanfront lagoons. Ko Olina, 92-1220 Aliinui Dr.: Wed., 12/28, (12am) Free. [koolina.com]

White Wedding: Hula’s New Year’s Eve Party (See Hot Picks) Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, Waikiki Grand Hotel, 2nd floor, 134 Kapahulu Ave.: Sat., 12/31, (8pm) $20. [hulas.com], 923-0669

New Year’s Eve Party at Longhi’s Ala Moana Offering their dinner menu and a four-course feast with a spectacular view of the 2012 fireworks show. Drinking and dancing until 2am with DJ Nalu. Longhi’s, Ala Moana Shopping Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Ste 3001: Sat., 12/31, (4pm–2am) $40. [longhis.com], 947-9899

New Year’s Eve Pink Party Dress in all pink in a building that already is. The Pink Palace hosts a party featuring live music, DJs, a pupu menu and bar. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave.: Sat., 12/31, (9pm–12:30am) $50–$100. Reservations at [email: tdrc.hawaii], 921-4600

NYE 2012 Year of the Dragon Unleash your inner dragon at this fierce party. Performances by ALT/AIR and GRLFRNDS. DJ Nicky Savage and DJs Kowai Kowai. Balloon drop. Champagne toast. Fireworks. Free kisses. Nextdoor, 43 N. Hotel St.: Sat., 12/31, (9pm–2am) $15–$50. [nextdoorhnl.com]

Starlight Ball Think winter formal or masquerade. Dress up in your hottest evening wear without having to make a trip to town. Haleiwa Joe’s, North Shore, 66-011 Kamehameha Hwy.: Fri., 12/30, (11pm–2am) $15. 637-8005

The Local Divas New Year’s Eve Show Star studded evening of divas featuring Melveen Leed, Nohelani Cypriano and Carole Kai–all reuniting for the first time in nearly ten years. A rare New Year’s treat and musical opportunity. Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2003 Kalia Rd.: Sat., 12/31, (7:30pm–12:10am) $100–$225. 544-3385

The Modern Experience: New Year’s Eve 2012 Ring in the new year at this swanky posh venue with six designated party areas for a truly innovative experience. A slew of entertainment and Hawaii’s finest DJs provide the soundtrack to its picture perfect view of fireworks at midnight. The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd.: Sat., 12/31, 735-8641

The Party of the Year!! at Aloha Tower (See Hot Picks) Aloha Tower will live up to its majestic glory when it becomes a giant super-sized club full of bars, live DJs and adrenaline activity. Aloha Tower, 1 Aloha Tower Dr.: Sat., 12/31, $20–$75. [ticketmaster.com], (800) 745-3000

The Standard: The New 2012 Bigger, better and bolder is the new standard at The Standard. Beats by DJ Enrie, bubbly and more. Also the official New Year’s Eve afterparty for the “Party of the Year!!” at Aloha Tower. The Standard, Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd.: Sat., 12/31, (8pm–4am) $20–$50. [thestandardnewyearseve.eventbrite.com]

Tiki Drop 2012 Overlook Waikiki on the Tiki lanai and watch the midnight fireworks with two live bands and Hawaii’s top DJs. Drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Tiki’s Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave.: Sat., 12/31, (6pm–12am) [tikisgrill.com], 923-8454