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 2019 officially begins on Feb. 5 and ends on Feb. 19, 2019. This year is the Year of the Pig!

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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 Pig, with a traditional Chinese New Year celebration and more, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 starting at 11 a.m. Festivities include a traditional lion dance, live entertainment and Narcissus Court Appearance.

Chinatown opens its doors wide to host a Chinese New Year extravaganza each year. Guests joining in this year’s February 1st and 2nd 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, and more.

International Market Place hosts a Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 10, with lion dance performances and store visits from noon to 2 p.m. Festivities continue until 6:45 p.m.

Chinese New Year on Maui

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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 Friday, Feb. 8. 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 Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. Enjoy a Chinese Specialty Buffet featuring Chinese Lup Chong Salad, Chow Fun, Shrimp Egg Fu Young, Star Anise Braised Short Ribs, and a large selection of Chinese specialty desserts.

Chinese New Year on Hawaii Island

Photo: Queen’s MarketPlace.

On Hawaii Island, welcome the Year of the Pig at the exciting “Asian Fest” at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort on Friday, Feb. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. There will be Lion Dancers and drums from around the world.

Chinese New Year festivities promise endless fun and fanfare. So enjoy, and here’s to a blessed and prosperous 2019!

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