Celebrating Chinese New Year in Hawaii

By Hawaii.com Team

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Marking the beginning on the new lunar year, Chinese New Year Day is celebrated annually sometime from mid-January to early March. To mark the occasion, the Chinese community gathers together to celebrate the occasion with many unique traditions. Red is the symbolic color that you will see surrounding most of the festivities, believed to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming days.

Chinese New Year 2018 officially begins on February 16 and ends on March 2, 2018. This year is the Year of the Dog!

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From crimson lanterns adorning homes and streets, to residents robed in clothing of the vibrant hue, to the traditional exchange of red envelopes containing cash as gifts, Chinese New Year is an exciting and merry occasion, often marked by parades, special foods and revelry including dancing, music, fireworks and more. Listed below is the inside scoop on each island’s Chinese New Year event offerings.

Chinese New Year on Oahu

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SALT at Our Kakaʻako celebrates the Year of the Dog, with a traditional Chinese New Year celebration and more, on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 starting at 11 a.m. Festivities include a traditional lion dance, pet expo and live entertainment. The theme of “pets on the patio” invites animal lovers to bring their pets to ring in the new year.

Chinatown opens its doors wide to host a Chinese New Year extravaganza each year. Guests joining in this year’s February 16th as well as February 9th and 10th festivities can head on over to the Chinatown Cultural Plaza to enjoy traditional lion and dragon dance, cultural entertainment, ethnic dishes made especially for the occasion, a dog costume contest – as it will be the year of the dog – and more.

On Sunday, February 18, celebrate the Year of the Dog at Hawaii Kai Towne Center with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performance starting at 11 a.m. Be sure to bring your “lucky money” to “feed” the lions.

Chinese New Year on Maui

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Maui’s Annual Chinese New Year Festival at Maui Mall will be held on Saturday, February 17 form 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 21, enjoy a Chinese Lion Dance at Whalers Village from 1 – 2 p.m.

Maui visitors make merry this Chinese New Year with help from the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, which hosts a free event at Wo Hing Museum on February 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees can look forward to a traditional lion dance, guest speakers, kung fu demonstrations, cultural demos, music and more.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel will be hosting a Chinese New Year brunch celebration on February 25, 2018. Enjoy a Chinese Specialty Buffet featuring Chinese Roast Duck, Shrimp Egg Fu Young and all kinds of Chinese specialty desserts as well as fireworks and lion dancers.

Chinese New Year on Hawaii Island

Photo: Queen’s MarketPlace.

One Hawaii Island, welcome the Year of the Dog at the exciting “Asian Fest” at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort on Friday, February 2. There will be Lion Dancers and drums from around the world.

There is also a Chinese New Year Celebration at the Kings’ Shops on Monday, February 19 at 4 p.m.

Chinese New Year festivities promise endless fun and fanfare. So enjoy, and here’s to a blessed and prosperous 2018!

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