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by Audrey Davis | Hawai'i magazine | December 21, 2012

This New Year’s Eve, forget the stress and resolve to finish off 2012 with a bang. Need help? Just check out our perfect party guide to start the new year off right.

1. A Touch of Red 
WHAT
This year, The Modern Honolulu is throwing a hot bash with live music by Tahiti Ray and Jason Alan and some of the hottest local DJ’s. Don’t miss guest performances by DJ Bee Fowl and DJ Jessica Who. WHEN Dec. 31, 6pm-4am. WHERE The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikīkī, 943.5800, themodernhonolulu.com

2. Dining at the Ritz
WHAT Ring in the New Year in the most exquisite, intimate way with a four-course meal at The Banyan Tree. The cozy elegance, topped off with live entertainment by Raw Silk, will make the night a memorable celebration. WHEN Dec. 31, 5:30pm-close. WHERE The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui, 669.6200, ritzcarlton.com

3. 2nd Annual Black and White Ball Drop Party 
WHAT Toast to a night of sophistication and flare at Maui’s chicest event. Dress in your finest attire and dance the night away to beats by the Valley Isle’s best-rated DJ of the year, DJ Dan IIIZ. WHEN Dec. 31, 10pm-1am. WHERE The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villa, 6 Kai Ala Drive, Kā‘anapali, Maui, 667.3254, westinkaanapali.com

4. New Year’s Eve Pink Party 
WHAT Begin your evening in style at the Royal Hawaiian. Quench your thirst with cocktails at the Mai Tai Bar before savoring a five-course dinner by Azure’s chef Jon Matsubara. Plus, there’s no better place to catch the spectacular fireworks display. WHEN Dec. 31, 9pm-12:30am. WHERE The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikīkī, 923.7311, royal-hawaiian.com

5. New Year’s Eve at The St. Regis 
WHAT
Enjoy an expansive array of buffet selections with family and friends at Makana Terrace. (There’s live music and dancing too.) Or go all all out and treat yourself to the five-course chef’s tasting menu. Top the night off at The St. Regis Bar with live music and, of course, Champagne. WHEN Dec. 31, Makana Terrace, 5:30-9:30pm; Kauai Grill, 5:30pm-10pm WHERE The St. Regis Princeville, 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, Kauai, 826.9644, stregisprinceville.com