If you are staying in Wailea over New Years, keep your eyes peeled at midnight sharp for a 7 minute display of fireworks being sent off from a barge just off South Maui shores.
If you are not staying in one of the ocean-front resorts, you will likely be out of luck for enjoying these fireworks. Public beach parking is closed and secured at 8pm and there is no other public parking within Wailea. The Shops at Wailea have announced they are securing their parking lot early to accommodate their restaurant and private event guests. You could check with some of the ocean-front resorts if they have some non-guest parking available – see if you can get dinner reservations or show up earlier with plans to hang out til midnight! I imagine parking will be first-come first-served. Of course, if you will be drinking, please take a cab (no parking required!).
I’m not sure if you’ll see the fireworks from Keawakapu beach, but pack a flashlight and see. Do be careful out there though! It’s Maui – and it’s DARK at night.