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The millennium musical celebration begins tonight with the first in a trio of 'N Sync concerts. The band also performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Blaisdell Center Arena. Tickets are $40 to $65, available at the Blaisdell box office. Charge tickets by phone at 526-4400, or online at http://www.ticketslive.com. (Look for a concert review in tomorrow's newspaper).
More merriment to ring in the new: The Hilton Hawaiian Village presents the Four Tops. Pre-show cocktails begin at 8:30 p.m. and Loretta Ables performs 9 to 11 p.m. The Tops take the stage to count the minutes to the new year. Tickets are $100-$175, including a half-bottle of champagne and favors. Call 949-4321.
Of course, fireworks will be everywhere, but the pro displays will be in Waikiki, from the Hilton Hawaiian Village's usual 15-minute 7:30 p.m. show, to the splashy midnight display at Aloha Tower closing the "Celebration of the Century" party with Cecilio and Kapono and Kalapana.
The concert itself gets under way at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $30 at Gordon Biersch, Big Island Steak House, Hooters, The Pier Bar or the Blaisdell box office. Part of the proceeds go to Child and Family Services. Call 566-2337.
Also hosting fireworks at midnight will be the Halekulani Hotel. Views of the midnight displays should be good from Waterfront Park to Waikiki.
And offering something truly different, the Hawaii Millennium Commission will hit Diamond Head with huge laser images, counting down the final seconds of the year. Look toward the mountain at 10 seconds to midnight.
Here are some special events, parties and meals being offered tomorrow to welcome the new year.
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CONCERT/STAGE EVENTSCecilio & Kapono and Kalapana
Irwin Park, Aloha Tower Marketplace, 566-2337
8:30 p.m. Concerts with a fireworks finale at midnight. Tickets: $30 on sale at Gordon Biersch, Big Island Steak House, Hooters, The Pier Bar or Neal Blaisdell Box Office. A portion of the proceeds go to Child and Family Services.
Four Tops in Concert
Hilton Hawaiian Village, 949-4321
8:30 p.m. Pre-show cocktails; 9-11 p.m. Entertainment by Loretta Ables; midnight-12:10 a.m. Party continues with the Four Tops. Tickets: $175 premier; $150 select; and $100 general which includes a 1/2 bottle of Hilton champagne, party favors and entertainment.
The Krush Millennium Concert
Outrigger Waikoloa Beach Hotel, 886-6789
Dinner show includes a variety of ethnic food stations, open bar and a champagne toast with a keepsake glass and party favors, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $125 adults; $65 for children 12 and under.
Cocktail show includes cocktails, champagne toast with a keepsake glass and party favors, 9 p.m. $95. Reservations required.
"Loose Screws: The Last Laugh"
Kumu Kahua Theatre, 536-4441
7:30, 9 and 10: 30 p.m. Featuring comic improvised scenes with Stephanie Curtis-Conching, Monica Cho, R. Kevin Doyle, Cat Gonzaga, Blake Kushi plus special guests. Tickets: $6. Bring an object that sums up the millennium and receive a $1 discount.
Blaisdell Concert Hall, 591-2211
8 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $40, $65 and $45 respectively. Buyers using their Oceanic Kupua'a Cards can purchase up to four tickets at the Blaisdell box office only. Other ticket venues include UH Campus Center, Tempo Music stores on Oahu, charge by phone at 526-4400, or online at http://www.ticketslive.com.
"Hoomaka Hou 2000," a celebration of music and dance, features the Moana Chang Trio; Makaha Sons with Robi Kahakalau; Hapa; Moe Keale with Nalani Keale; Kanilau; and Kapena and a hula halau. Platinum seating, $95; Gold seating, $85. Dinner packages are $225 and $200.
PARTIES"Back to the millennium dance party"
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
The Pikake Terrace and Lounge pool deck will be transformed into a time machine with Bruno and the Lovenotes, Big Daddy Band and Starsational playing songs spanning the '40s through '60s beginning at 6 p.m. A giant pineapple will match the ball dropping in New York's Times Square, counting down to the new year. The pool party celebration also will feature pyrotechnics, lit balloon sculptures, confetti and lasers. Admission from 6 to 8 p.m. is $10; $15 from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Call 922-5811. The hotel will also be offering Safe Haven discounts for those who want to book a room to escape their smoky neighborhoods. Call 931-4600 for reservations.
"Cuisine Under the Stars"
Celebrate with entertainment by the Honolulu Symphony. Also performing is the Bruce Hamada Band, and there will be fireworks at midnight. Dinner includes lobster, sashimi, carving stations with grilled meats, rotisseries, tandoori specialties and desserts. From 9 p.m. in Halekulani Courtyard Gardens. Evening attire recommended. Call 931-5040 for reservations; $300 per person.
"Hard rock Cafe Future 2000"
Hard Rock Cafe, 955-7383
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Featuring entertainment by Mystical Sounds, glow-in-the dark amenities and traditional party supplies. White or fluorescent colored attired recommended. Must be 21; $15.
Kahala Mandarin Oriental
There will be four parties going on, with gourmet food stations, champagne, party favors and live bands. The party themes are: "Rockin' to Y2K"; "Millennium Magnifico"; "Swing Style 2000"; and "Reflections '99." The evening will end with a fireworks display on the beach. Admission is $225. Call 739-8888.
"Millennium Masquerade Party"
Diamond Head Grill, 922-3734
Features the sounds of David Swanson and Azure McCall. A seven-course meal by chef David Reardon includes Ama Ebi-Kona Lobster Ravioli and special dishes of quail and veal loin. Seatings are at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Cost of $250 includes mask and champagne at midnight.
"New Year's Eve Millennium Cruise"
Kewalo Basin, 254-1272
8 p.m.-1 a.m. Buffet dinner aboard the Abner T. Longley, party favors and entertainment by Take Two Duo, Galen and Lisa Rankin. $100.
"Party of the Century"
Ala Moana Hotel, 955-4811
7 p.m. Slack-key music with Del Beazley, Dwight Kanae and David "Kawika" Kahiapo, 7 p.m.; dinner buffet, 8-9:30 p.m.; Karen Keawehawaii, 9:15 p.m.; Kaala Boys, 11 p.m. Tickets: $85.
Roy's Millennium Jubilee Celebration
Roy's Hawaii Kai, 396-7697
Sixteen-course and 14 wine extravaganza. 6 p.m. Hawaiian Halau Reception featuring an array of dim sum carts; 7 p.m. The Millennium Dinner Banquet; 10:30 p.m. Countdown to Ecstasy begins with swing music by Shari Lynn & Friends and Roy's Millennium sparkling wine. $325. Advance reservations required.
So & Soooo
Anna Bannanas, 946-5190
9 p.m.-1 a.m. hip hop, house, funk, reggae and jazz music; $10 before midnight; $5 after midnight.
Ala Moana Beach Park, 523-6232
This is the scaled-down version of the alcohol-free First Night festivities of year's past. It runs from noon-9:30 p.m. and features children's festivities, food booths and a craft fair. Entertainment is by Dennis and David Kamakahi, Michael Kaawa, the Opihi Pickers, Brother Noland and Pekelo Cosma. Admission is free.
Sheraton Moana Surfrider
The outdoor Banyan Courtyard will host five hours of entertainment by the Star Sisters, Jan Brenner and Rea Fox, beginning at 7:30 p.m. to half-hour past midnight. The $100 admission gains entrance to an appetizer buffet and outdoor party festivities, holiday beverage, favors and a glass of champagne at midnight to toast the new year. Tickets to the entertainment-only festivities at the Banyan Courtyard are $75 per person.
Wave Waikiki, 941-0424
9 p.m.-4 a.m. New Year's celebration with the Tone Deaf Teens. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
"Y2K on the H20"
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cruise aboard the Starlet, a privately chartered yacht, out of Kewalo Basin. With DJ music and cash bar; no outside beverages permitted. $25. Call Dave at above number for more information.
RESTAURANT GALASAaron's: Millennium Countdown dinner and entertainment and dancing with Night NewGroove, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Five-course meal, $200. Call 955-5559.
Sam Choy's Diamond Head: A five-course meal is $65 ($75 for an additional duck breast entree); add $20 for wine. Call 732-8645.
L'Uraku: "Kaiseki for the Millennium" is a 10-course meal featuring the contemporary Japanese cuisine of chef Hiroshi Fukui, with five wine pairings by master sommelier Chuck Furuya. The meal is priced at $99 in honor of the outgoing year. Reservations: 955-0552.
Royal Hawaiian Hotel: Executive chef Tom Wong cooks up a five-course "Art of Food and Wine" dinner in The Surf Room, at $100 per person. Afterward, listen to the Cathy Foy Trio at the Mai Tai Bar. The Monarch Room will feature "Flavors of Hawaii," a six-course dinner prepared by chef Wong, with entertainment by a 16-piece band; $400 a person. Each guest will receive a keepsake and party favors. Call 931-7194.
Sarento's Top of the I: Millennium Countdown dinner with entertainment and dancing with Bac n Time, 9:30 p .m. to 1:30 a.m. Five-course meal, $175. Call 955-5559.
RADIO"Kssk To '99 Rewind"
296-5959 or 296-9292
5 p.m. KSSK 92.3 and KSSK 590 will present a locally-produced 24-hour show highlighting the top 10 news stories and music from 1999.
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