Island hotels to ring in millennium in grand style

HONOLULU -- Hawaii's hotels are gearing up for the millennium, many already announcing their celebrations and taking reservations.

Here are events for Dec. 31 that have been announced.

Honolulu/Waikiki

  • At Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii, guests will experience four parties at one location, with three food stations, champagne and dancing. Bands, playing music from Latin to rock, will include Simplisity, Rodney Perez & His Salsa Band and the Honolulu Boogie Band. The price is $225 per person.
  • Sunrise at east Oahu's Koko Crater and Koko Marina. The hotel's Hoku restaurant will offer two New Year's Eve special dinners -- a five-course set menu beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $150 per person and a six-course set menu starting at 8:30 p.m. for $250 per person (including admission to the New Year's Eve party).

    Kahala Mandarin
    Phone: (808) 739-8888

  • The Royal Hawaiian offers a choice of celebrations. Its Monarch Room will feature Flavors of Hawaii (a six-course dinner) and dancing to Dr. T's 16-piece band. Tickets for the black-tie affair, which runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., cost $400 per person and include a keepsake.
  • The hotel's Surf Room, with a carnival atmosphere, will feature a five-course dinner ($100 per person, including wine) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., continuing with the sounds of the Cathy Foy Trio at the adjacent Mai Tai Bar until 1 a.m.

    Royal Hawaiian
    Phone: (808) 931-7194

  • Sheraton Waikiki will hold Ho'omaka Hou 2000 in its ballroom, a cabaret show featuring many of Hawaii's top recording artists (including Hapa, Makaha Sons, Kapena, Brother Noland, Moe Keala and the Moana Chang Trio). Prices range from $85 (cabaret only, with a half-bottle of champagne per person) to the platinum package ($225 per person), which includes a buffet dinner and unlimited wine and champagne.
  • The hotel's Ocean Terrace, Ciao! and Hanohano Room restaurants will offer special dinners.

    Sheraton Waikiki
    Phone: (808) 922-4422

  • Sheraton Moana Surfrider will hold a millennium celebration at its Banyan Court with five hours of entertainment by the Star Sisters, Jan Brenner and Rea Fox. The $100 price includes a buffet and a glass of champagne to toast the new year.
  • The hotel's Ships' Tavern restaurant will feature a five-course dinner, entertainment and admission to the Banyan Court event for $275 per person.

    Sheraton Moana Surfrider
    Phone: (808) 922-3111

  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani's millennium pool party will feature a band and music from the 1940s to the 1990s. A large video screen will display the broadcast from Times Square, and the party will include lighting effects, confetti and lasers.
  • The event, which includes a dinner buffet and a glass of champagne and will be expanded to the hotel's Pikake Restaurant and Lounge, costs $99 and $88, depending on seating. Without dinner, there is a $30 cover charge for admission.

    Other restaurants will offer special menus.

    Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
    Phone: (808) 922-5811

    Maui

  • Maui Marriott's Millennium Extravaganza, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will include a four-course dinner and a Polynesian show followed by a band and dancing and a champagne toast during Kaanapali Beach Resort's fireworks display.
  • The $175 price includes a keepsake photograph (attendees must be age 21 or older, and a cash bar will be open 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.).

    Maui Marriott luau office
    Phone: (800) 745-6997

  • Westin Maui guests will have two options -- the New Year's Eve Gala Party and the New Millennium Party. The gala party features a cocktail reception followed by a five-course dinner at the Sound of the Falls restaurant, with an eight-piece jazz band, dancing and fireworks at midnight ($299 per person).
  • The millennium party includes a band, dancing, seven food stations, open bar and fireworks for $145 (children's prices are available).

    Westin Maui
    Phone: (808) 667-2525

    Kauai

  • Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club will hold the Millennium Gala, with Hawaiian music and hula dancing, cocktails, a feast, the band Honolulu and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
  • The price is $129 (children's prices are available).

    Kauai Marriott
    Phone: (808) 246-5166

    Big Island

  • Royal Kona Resort's millennium party will cover three areas -- its Alii Surf Room, the Windjammer Lounge and the Coconut Grove.
  • Included are a radio broadcast with a disc jockey spinning tunes from the past century; a large projection screen with a broadcasts from around the world, and a magician and a fortune teller.

    Party admission, including a champagne toast, is $45 per person. Special dinners earlier in the evening include admission to the party (a five-course dinner in the Discovery Room for $135 per person and a buffet in the Tropics Cafe for $85). The earlier Drums of Polynesia luau, followed by the millennium party, costs $97 per person.

    Royal Kona Resort
    Phone:(808) 329-3111

  • Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast is planning what it calls the Event of the Century. The Big Band Beat, a 15-piece band from San Francisco will perform.
  • The morning after the celebration will see a full day of events, starting with a dawn ceremony and including an all-day pool party, with song and dance, cooking and sports events.

    During the holidays, from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, the resort will hold health and wellness workshops with guest speakers, including authors, educators, spiritual leaders and healers.

    Hilton Waikoloa Village
    Phone: (808) 886-1234

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