December 31st, 2010
02:57 PM ET

Hawaii's version of NY ball drop

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - It's hard to top the famous New Year's Eve Ball at Times Square but one Hawaiian hotel is going to try. Ed Henry interviews the man who is making someone's grand vision a reality at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. For the first time, an LED-illuminated eight-foot paper-mache pineapple, topped with a six-foot fabric crown, will descend from the top of the 10-story hotel at midnight Hawaiian time.

The Kahala Hotel and Resort will ring in the new year with the pineapple drop and a big bash around the pool with a breathtaking view of Kahala Bay.  Fourteen foot pineapple or not, one thing Hawaii's celebration almost certainly has over New York City this time of year is the weather.

CNN photojournalist Dave Catrett shot and edited this story.

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