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Party of Parties

To some, celebrating New Year’s Eve means just an(other) excuse to party your brains out and start the new year off right: generally hungover. With the 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Party of the Year, Honolulu is on its way to making a name for itself on the global party map.

Held at Aloha Tower since 2010, POTY moved to Kaka‘ako to create an even bigger celebration that is all-inclusive, rather than just for the adults. “It was originally for [people aged] 21 and up,” says Jonathan Mack, one of the promoters of the event, but with the move to an even bigger area, they’re now able to incorporate more sections for people aged 18 and up, as well as open up all-ages sections for the whole family. “We’re introducing an LED-lit Ferris wheel, where half of the area will be family-oriented,” Mack says. Everyone will also be able to access the Eat the Street Block Party, featuring more than 30 food trucks (admission is free to these areas).

Other highlights include Red Bull skydivers landing in the middle of the party, island musician Fiji’s 20th anniversary and new CD release party (with performances by Irie Love, Rebel Souljahz, Manao Company and Kaipo Kapua), a foam pit and mechanical bull, fireworks every hour starting at 9 p.m., EDM duo LAZRtag and more. “We want to turn Hawaii into a place where people can look at [us] for New Year’s Eve,” Mack says.

Kakaako Waterfront Park, 102 Ohe St., Mon., 12/31, 6pm–2am, $25 general, $75 VIP, [nyehawaii.com], [ticketmaster.com], 729-0418