Rising Up To Paradise: New Year’s Eve on Kauai 2018

On a remote Oceanic island more than 2,520 miles from the mainland and lightyears away from your worries and cares, on a ranch with palm trees and ocean views, in a land where wild roosters rule the streets and sleeping giants watch over the land, and on the last night of the year, an all-star group of musicians, led by the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, will put a final exclamation mark on 2018 and deep dive head-first into the coming year, while celebrating a magical “here” and a transcendent “now.” And you’re invited to tag along.

“Rising Up to Paradise” will feel more like an informal backyard bash than a big ticket New Year’s celebration, where the atmosphere of a secret soiree will be paired with the welcoming spirit of aloha.

The evening’s headliners are a newly formed local band who will be performing their first show ever: The Big Swell. (The players include Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, George Porter Jr., Jeff Chimenti, Robin Sylvester, Steve Kimock, and Wally Ingram.)

Also scheduled to perform: The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Taj Mahal, Island Grass and a late-night set hosted by DJ Logic.

Untold treasures (and a brand new year) await.


Proceeds from Rising Up To Paradise: New Year’s Eve on Kauai will benefit The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice, two non-profit organizations devoted to protecting and preserving the local environment.

Discounted Hotel Rates ‘Paradise Prophet’ Super VIP Enhanced Experience ‘Let it Shine’ VIP Enhanced Experience General Admission Ticket FAQ
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Discounted Hotel Rates

Looking for overnight accommodations close to Rising Up To Paradise? Our friends at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort are offering discounted hotel rates for Rising Up To Paradise guests. Exclusive offer applies to deluxe king rooms with a mountain/garden view on December 30 through January 3.

About Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

Nestled on 25 breathtaking oceanfront acres on Kauai’s eastern shore, Aqua Kauai Beach Resort offers true Hawaiian hospitality and excellent amenities and activities that embrace the island’s lifestyle. The resort offers something for everyone: 4 idyllic swimming pools with waterfalls and a waterslide, on-site dining, spa, cultural activities, live entertainment, and much more. Centrally-located, the resort offers easy access to the best of Kauai, from the lush mountains of the north shore to the staggering scenery of Waimea Canyon to the south, and everything in-between. Immerse yourself in Kauai’s most authentic and complete resort experience.

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Rooms available at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

Check-in 12/30/18; check out 1/3/19

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‘Paradise Prophet’ Super VIP Enhanced Experience

Get up close & personal with Bill, Bob, and Steve during an intimate acoustic performance, plus experience the concert from a Super VIP viewing area. Super VIP Enhanced Experience perks include:

  • One (1) Super VIP ticket to see “Rising Up to Paradise” New Year’s Eve concert on December 31, 2018
  • Experience the last sunset of 2018 with an intimate acoustic performance by Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir and Steve Kimock
  • “Shark Pit” access: Super VIP viewing area to enjoy the show
  • “Lanai Lounge” access: comfortable areas to relax and hang throughout the evening
  • Pre-show pupus: hors d’oeuvres and catered buffet
  • “The Albatross” bar: complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Set of limited-edition, embossed champagne flutes
  • One (1) limited-edition, screen-printed poster signed and numbered by the poster artist
  • Mahalo Basket: exclusive New Year’s Eve gift bag with Hawaiian treats and specialties
  • On-site event host

*Proceeds to benefit The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice.

FAQ

‘Paradise Prophet’ Super VIP Enhanced Experience

Proceeds to benefit The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice

$2,000
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‘Let it Shine’ VIP Enhanced Experience

Enjoy complimentary drinks and kick back in the Lanai Lounge throughout the evening. VIP Enhanced Experience perks include:

  • One (1) VIP ticket to the “Rising Up to Paradise” New Year’s Eve concert on December 31, 2018
  • “Lanai Lounge” access: comfortable areas to relax and hang throughout the evening
  • Pre-show pupus: hors d’oeuvres and catered buffet
  • “The Albatross” bar: complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Set of limited-edition embossed champagne flutes
  • One (1) limited-edition screen-printed poster signed and numbered by the poster artist
  • On-site event host

*Proceeds to benefit The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice.

FAQ

‘Let it Shine’ VIP Enhanced Experience

Proceeds to benefit The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice

$600
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General Admission Ticket

General Admission tickets include a ticket to the “Rising Up to Paradise” New Year’s Eve concert on December 31, 2018, benefiting The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice.

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Rising Up to Paradise: General Admission Ticket

Proceeds to benefit The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice

$300

Nonprofit Beneficiaries

Proceeds from Rising Up To Paradise will be donated to two local organizations committed to bettering the local community and ensuring the welfare of our planet.

 


The Hanalei Initiative was formed to identify and solve the immediate and long-term community and environmental needs of Hanalei and Kauai’s North Shore. Their main areas of focus are: water quality, transportation and the maintenance and beautification of community spaces.

 


As the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, Earthjustice leverages their expertise and commitment to fight for justice and advance the promise of a healthy world for all. To secure a flourishing world, their fleet of 130+ lawyers defend the wild, healthy communities, clean energy and more, because the earth needs a good lawyer.


About Kaua’i

Kaua’i (also spelled “Kauai”) is home to many of the musicians performing at Rising Up to Paradise, including Bill Kreutzmann, Mike Campbell, and Taj Mahal. It is also home to countless wild chickens and crazy roosters, which you will see virtually everywhere you go on the island. They may even be in your way at times. Yield. In fact, the original answer to “Why’d the chicken cross the road?” was a very deadpan “Because they were in Kauai.” Ever since Peter, Paul and Mary had a hit with “Puff the Magic Dragon,” music fans and cannabis activists alike have located the song in Hanalei on Kauai’s North Shore, and they make a compelling argument, but the songwriters have all denied this. We’re not taking sides. Kauai is also known as “the Garden Isle.” It’s the oldest Hawaiian island and its origin story is volcanic in nature. Literally. As with the other islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, it is geographically located in Oceania — more specifically, Polynesia — which means, Toto, that you’re not in North America any more. It’s the only U.S. state that can say that. If states could talk, that is. All of the Hawaiian islands are popular tourist destinations, but Kauai is an island or two apart from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. It’s the kind of place where honeymooners go to honeymoon, backpackers go to backpack, surfers go to surf, bird watchers go to bird watch, and famous people go to not be famous. There’s a lot to offer vacationers but it’s not exactly Ibiza, either— this is a place to go to get away from all the noise, a place to unplug and get in touch with nature. You can scuba dive, snorkel, golf, and hike for days. There are amazing farmer’s markets almost every day of the week featuring local produce that you’d be hard pressed to find on the mainland. And there is natural beauty every step of the way. Except in the Costco parking lot. That lot is not “the lot” you’re looking for. So get what you need and move along. But if you’re looking for paradise, it can certainly be found on Kauai.