Where’s the Party? Maui Residents Share Plans for New Years

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By Katie McMillan

To party or not to party, that is the question for many Maui residents as December 31st draws near. While there is no shortage of New Years celebrations planned across the island, some people prefer a more tranquil transition into 2011. Maui Now set out to get the scoop on how Maui residents will be ringing in the New Year. Here is what they had to say:

“After my wife gets off at 6 p.m., we’ll have a nice quiet dinner at home and then take a bottle of champagne to Keawakapu Beach to watch the Grand Wailea’s fireworks at midnight.” –Stephen Frederick

“Spinning funky fun House music with Sweden’s Dave Spruce for a room full of loving happy friends at Moana Cafe. Celebrating not just the New Year but also my 21st wedding anniversary. And dressing it up Future Style!!!!”—Ray Masters

“House in Hana with some Maui and some L.A. Friends. Staycation!”—Sara Tekula

“ Source NYE Romp!!” –Kristen Vennes


“Going to Three’s in Kihei to see Arise at 9 p.m. and MOTH at midnight. Black lights, graffiti, oh my.” –Trish da Dish

“The Throwdowns in the upstairs lounge of TiaJuanas in Kaanapali, rare intimate concert, $20 advanced tix, includes champagne!”—Erin Smith

“Uncle Dirty Band doing a green papaya, chili pepper, ginger, garlic, shoyu, marinade with wild chickens on the grill, includes tequila, no cover charge.”—Patrick Moser

“Source NYE Warehouse DJ Funtime Partyness Romp.”—Chris Taylor

“Going to Mom’s in Lahaina. She, 102, will cook the traditional Japanese soup “O-zoni”…. with mizuna (leafy green) and mochi (rice dumpling.). PS… Mom is Florence Hasegawa, the @GrandmaFlorence of Twitter fame.”—Pat Masumoto


“Going to the Big Island to be present during Braco’s gazing sessions. There can’t be anything more profoundly beautiful than being in this energy to start the New Year.”—Jeanice Barcelo

“Looking forward to experiencing the profoundly beautiful energy of being with the family of ecstatic dancers at the Studio Maui’s New Year’s eve celebration”—Finn Jeff Wayman

“Ringing in the new year Irish style with the Willie K Band at Mulligans….”—Mike Odwyer

“Gathering all of our favorite video and electronic artists with the tools sound and scaffolding of the whole community to paint the walls and fill the air of our first ever Maui warehouse party. It’s a really rare opportunity to bring so many to one place and dance and play through sunrise. I’m glad that from this, one of the greatest movement arts will be made available to many kids who could never access it in any other way. I give thanks for the vibrant community on Maui, celebrating the occasion in so many diverse ways.”—Ben Holt

“Watching the Ball drop at a house party from 5 to 8 p.m. in Wailuku Heights, then hele back up country for crab legs, champagne and fresh corn on the cob and relax with a Netflix. I try not to go out on New Year’s Eve; it’s amateur night.”—Paul Janes Brown


“Getting body painted then dancing and dancing with good friends and the Kit Kat Club to Marasco and DJ SID at Cassagroovies!”—Ellen Peterson

“We are hosting a fabulous dance party in Haiku called “Divine & Raunchy.” Come dressed in divine white or raunchy red. We are having a stellar DJ line up and more. See Facebook Events for Details!”—Daruni Gotel

The Social Scene covers island buzz¾from people and parties to the chitter chatter of what people are talking about on Facebook and Twitter. Send your Social Scene tips to [email protected]

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