We’re a few hours away from ringing in the New Year. 2020 has been such a challenging year for everyone, and COVID-19 is still among us. But no matter how difficult our life is at the moment, we can still find ways to celebrate many things, especially the fact that we are safe and in good health. Whether you are welcoming 2021 alone or with the special people in your life, it should still be your priority to keep safe from any possibilities of contracting coronavirus. Here are seven ideas on how you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in Hawaii while staying safe from COVID-19.
Nowadays, a lot of things can be done online. Whether it’s doing work, shopping, ordering food, or booking a ride, they can now be done through a computer or a phone. And if you are thinking about having a party, with your family, loved ones, friends, or workmates who are miles away from you, you won’t have to travel and risk the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones. You can set up a virtual call and countdown to the New Year together. You can also do a dance party and just dance together to the same music during your video call.
If you and your loved ones enjoy watching movies, you can always watch a lineup of movies at the safety of your own home. This is your opportunity to rewatch your favorite movie collections, such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Twilight saga, Harry Potter movies, Marvel Universe collection, and more. There are also different movies and shows that you can binge on at Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon, and others. So whatever set of movies you want to watch, you can do it with your family at home or even have an online watch party if you are far apart.
A Hawaii New Year’s Eve usually calls for a feast. So if you are used to celebrating it over a banquet, you can shop for some ingredients from a local grocer and cook up a storm in your kitchen. Depending on how many people you are celebrating with at home, you can prepare a lovely dinner that everyone will enjoy eating as you all wait and welcome 2021.
Are you and your loved ones gifted with music? Whether it’s piano, flute, violin, guitar, or vocals, you can come together with your family and friends and set up your own virtual concert. Create a lineup of who among you will play and what each of you will be playing. You can also share your mini-concert live on Facebook and let other music enthusiasts enjoy your music as you all ring in the New Year.
Fireworks are always a part of New Year’s Eve. If it has become a tradition for your family to always have fireworks, you can always keep to this tradition even virtually. You can simply watch TV shows that air fireworks displays, and if you are lucky enough to have a great view of fireworks outside your window, you can always capture that on camera and share it on video with your family and loved ones.
If you prefer to keep your celebrations low-key and laidback, then you might want to spend the evening sharing stories with your family and friends. It can be a collection of unforgettable experiences that you’ve had during 2020. It can also be funny stories, or even just a simple update about your life. You and your family members can take turns sharing stories. Plus, if your family is not with you at the moment, you can easily do this storytelling session online.
Looking for a fun activity to do with your household members? Then a card or board game will definitely be a great way to celebrate at the safety of your own home. Monopoly, Uno, Scrabble, Exploding Kittens, or any card or board game can make any gathering more fun. Play a number of rounds until midnight and then start a countdown to welcome 2021.
No matter how you decide to celebrate your New Year’s Eve, you should always keep in mind that what matters most is that you and your loved ones are safe from the dangers of COVID-19. We will all have to make adjustments to stay safe, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun as we welcome a new year with hope and love. Happy New Year from Made in Maui County!