What to do: Chinese New Year events

Share Button

Sunday, Feb. 10 marks the start of the Year of the Snake, but festivities to celebrate the Chinese New Year have already begun and will continue through early February. Here are some of the events to mark on your calendar:

63rd Annual Narcissus Festival
Along King, Maunakea, Smith, Pauahi and Nuuanu. The evening will begin on South King Street with a traditional Chinese lion dance blessing (Choy Cheng). The Narcissus Queen and her court will then visit Chinatown businesses and their patrons.
Friday, Feb. 1 from 5–9 p.m.
Along streets of Chinatown

Chinatown New Year Celebration
Presented by Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
Feb. 1, 2 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Chinatown Cultural Plaza

Night in Chinatown
A street festival presented by the Chinatown Merchants Association
Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Night in Chinatown Parade
Presented by the Chinatown Merchants Association
Saturday, Feb. 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Hotel Street

Lion dance performance at Pearlridge Center
Traditional Chinese Lion Pole Dance performance from the Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association
Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10:30 a.m. Uptown; 12:30 p.m. Downtown
Pearlridge Center Court

Lion dance performance at Kahala Mall
Traditional Chinese Lion Pole Dance performance from the Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association
Sunday, Feb. 3 10 a.m.
Kahala Mall Center Court

Here are photos shot by Nonstop contributor Jonas Maon at last year’s Chinese New Year Festival:

Chinese New Year Festival

Picture 1 of 22

And tips from Nonstop’s Melissa Chang on I things for you to see/do/eat to ring in the Year of the Snake:

Chinese new year 2012

Picture 1 of 16

I can't say this enough, but every pake east of the Hunan will be in Chinatown this weekend. Tip: Park at Kukui Plaza — the entrance is across Pali Longs. You can park for a flat fee of $3, and avoid the Chinatown traffic.

Lion dancing


@melissa808 Thanks once again for the gratuitous hand shot!


I need to add: bring your own hearing protectors, face mask, and protective eye wear on Friday night. The "paperless firecracker", in my humble opinion, has a very choking exhaust (unlike the gunpowder from the better and now licensed brands) and large particulate matter that flies everywhere.


I'd recommend a hearing protector if you can't stand loud noise. I use foam ear protectors that you can pick up from any drug store.


Stay away from Beretania Street between Bishop and River if you can. Every year traffic is a crawl because of everybody rubbernecking and the closure of the left turn lanes.


Just a quick note: All the clubs participating in the Lion Dance in Chinatown on Friday night, 01Feb2013 will gather at the corner of King Street and Nuuanu Ave. The Lions will be greeted by the Queen and her court and sent off after the ceremonial lighting of the fire crackers in front of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at 8 S. King Street.


The Chinese Cultural Plaza will also have Lions parading throughout the venue.


Saturday night... Aurite! The hunt for the annual and elusive Salty Gin Dui begins! Not too many booths make it like the old days with preserved vegetables and salted Pork anymore. 8(