Month Long Chinese New Year Celebration Begins

Celebrations begin for the Chinese New Year of the Dragon in Chinatown, near downtown Honolulu. Although the actual Lunar New Year doesn’t happen until Janurary 23rd, the Chinatown Merchants Association, The United Chinese Coalition, and The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii will be putting on a series of events each Friday and Saturday until the Lunar New Year happens. Taken from the China Town’s website is the list of events.First Weekends Events
Friday and Saturday, January 6 & 7 Open to the Public, Free 10:00 am to 10:00 pm United Chinese Coalition presents Chinese New Year Festival Chinatown Cultural Plaza. At this two-day event, food vendors provide a variety of Chinese and other Asian cuisine favorites. Exhibits and entertainment include feng shui presentations, arts and crafts vendors, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese fortune readings and Chinese dancing and singing.

Second Weekend Events

Friday, January 13th Open to the Public, Free 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii presents Chinatown Open House At Chinatown Cultural Plaza. Celebration takes place with food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and entertainment. Food vendors provide an assortment of Chinese ethnic favorites, including Jain (vegetarian monk’s food), gin doi (Chinese doughnut), gau (New Year pudding), and jook (rice soup). Entertainment includes ethnic dance troupes, local musical groups, and martial arts and weapons demonstrations. Open to the Public, Free 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii presents Choy Cheng, Traditional Lion Dance Blessings In Chinatown along King St., Maunakea St., Smith St., Pauahi St., Nuuanu St. The evening begins at 8 South King Street with the traditional Chinese lion dance blessing – Choy Cheng. The Narcissus Queen and her court will visit Chinatown businesses and their patrons. Retail stores celebrate by lighting firecrackers and offering lisee (good luck money placed in red envelopes) to the dancing lions. Saturday, January 14th Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii presents Chinatown Open House At Chinatown Cultural Plaza. Celebration takes place with food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and entertainment. Food vendors provide an assortment of Chinese ethnic favorites, including Jain (vegetarian monk’s food), gin doi (Chinese doughnut), gau (New Year pudding), and jook (rice soup). Entertainment includes ethnic dance troupes, local musical groups, and martial arts and weapons demonstrations. Open to the Public, Free 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Chinatown Merchants Association presents Lunar New Year Festival In Chinatown and on the streets of Maunakea St., Pauahi St. and Smith St. This street fair will have four (4) main stages with various entertainment throughout the day and into the night. Live bands singing and playing all types of music for all ages, ethnic dancing, martial arts, lion and dragon dancing, local musical groups and any type of acts possible to “wow” the crowd. Vendors will be plentiful. Arts and crafts and food vendors selling any type of ethnic cuisine from all over the world. Vendors for children of all ages, bouncers, picture photos of ancient style China clothing, etc. A street fair that is great for tourist too! Open to the Public, Free 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Chinatown Merchants Association presents Night In Chinatown Parade On and along Hotel St. starting from our State Capital to River St. This parade consist of eighty plus (80+) marching units. No restrictions on type of marching units and their performances. Parade participants include Queens and her courts, cultural organizations, kung fu martial artist, lion and dragon dance associations and a 150 foot dragon to end the parade.

Third Weekend Events

Friday and Saturday, January 20, 21 Open to the Public, Free 10:00 am to 10:00 pm United Chinese Coalition presents Chinese New Year Festival Chinatown Cultural Plaza. At this two-day event, food vendors provide a variety of Chinese and other Asian cuisine favorites. Exhibits and entertainment include feng shui presentations, arts and crafts vendors, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese fortune readings and Chinese dancing and singing.

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