Chinese New Year celebration on Maui

Photo By Melanie Agrabante

Chinese New Year, Honolulu Festival and more: Tons of events across Hawaii

Hawaii Tourism events feature cultural experiences on each island
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Whether you want to celebrate the Year of the Boar or explore street art in Kakaako, coming months bring a multitude of activities for all ages.

These are all part of Experiences of Hawaii, sponsored by Hawaii Tourism. If you go, don’t forget to use the hashtag #HIexperiences to tag your photos; this will help you easily search for other family-friendly events at the same time. 

Oahu

Chinese New Year: Night in Chinatown

When: Feb. 2, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: Chinatown District
What: The Chinatown Merchants Association presents its annual Chinese New Year celebration. The family-friendly event will feature food and craft booths, live entertainment, special cultural performances, lion dances, and a parade.
Details: The schedule of events is as follows:

Night In Chinatown: 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Lunar New Year Parade: 4:40 p.m.-5:40 p.m. Hotel Street from Merchant to River Street.

For more information, visit https://www.chinesenewyearinhawaii.com/.

POW! WOW! takes place every February in Kakaako. - Photo credit Lanny Nguyen

POW! WOW! 2019

When: Feb. 9-16
Where: Kakaako (Lana Lane Studios, 327 Lana Lane)
What: POW! WOW! Hawaii’s Valentine’s week event brings more than 100 international and local artists to Kakaako to create murals and other forms of art. As a homegrown and independent art festival, POW! WOW! is now recognized as one of the premier and best-curated art festivals in the world. 

This annual festival is a blend of Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific cultures. - Photo courtesy Honolulu Festival Foundation

Honolulu Festival

When: March 8-10
Where: Hawaii Convention Center / Ala Moana Center
What: The Honolulu Festival is a rich and vibrant blend of Asian, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. The three-day celebration of local art, music and dance culminates in a grand parade through Waikiki. The 25th Annual Honolulu Festival’s theme is “Looking Back to Create the Future: 25 Years of Aloha.” Performers from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Hawaii and the Mainland U.S. give dance performances and traditional art demonstrations.
Details: The events schedule is as follows:

Friendship Gala
When: March 8, 6:45-8:40 p.m.
Where: Hawaii Convention Center
Price: $90 per adult, $75 for individuals under 21 years old (tickets include bento and one beverage). Free admission for children ages 5 and under (lap seating only; bento and drink not included).

Craft Fair/Ennichi Corner/Food Corner
When: March 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; March 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Hawaii Convention Center
More than 100 vendors exhibiting products from around the world, including Hawaii and Japan.

Stage Performances
When: March 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center Stage, Special Venue within Waikiki
Come and enjoy dance, music and traditional arts performed by groups from Hawaii, Japan and other parts of the Pacific region. Shows end at different times, depending on the venue. Performance schedules are subject to change without notice. 

Japanese Film Festival
When: March 9-10
Where: Hawaii Convention Center, Third Floor #311
Films include "Thermae Romae," "Yoko the Cherry Blossom," "Sing My Life, A Living Promise" and "The Vancouver Asahi"

Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony
When: March 9, 12-12:15 p.m.
The annual Maui Mikoshi contest was developed exclusively for Maui high school students to design a mikoshi for the Honolulu Festival. The winning Maui mikoshi is unveiled and displayed at the Hawaii Convention Center over the Festival weekend. The overall winner will appear during the festival and march in the Grand Parade, showcasing their award-winning mikoshi.

Aloha Dance Convention
When: March 9, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Hawaii Convention Center, Kamehameha Hall
In partnership with the Japan Dance Skill Advance Committee (JDSAC), the Aloha Dance Competition is the biggest dance competition in Hawaii and provides a great opportunity for dancers to exchange cultures and challenge themselves against dancers from all over the globe. 

Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN
When: March 10, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Kapiolani Park
This year marks the 7th annual Ekiden, a relay-running race that originated in Japan where runners hand off tasuki (a cloth sash indicating the current runner). Participants are invited to walk or run. 

Grand Parade
When: March 10, 4-8 p.m.
The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue. People from Hawaii, Japan and other Asia-Pacific countries join this Grand Parade.

Nagaoka Hanabi (Nagaoka Fireworks)
When: March 10, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Waikiki Beach
Presented by Nagaoka Fireworks Foundation. Tune into “Hawaiian 105KINE” for music synced to the fireworks show.

Admission is free to all events above unless otherwise specified.

The Lunar New Year celebration on Maui includes many cultural activities. - Photo credit Melanie Agrabante

Maui

Chinese New Year Festival

When: Feb. 8
Where: Wo Hing Museum
Details: The schedule of events for Maui’s Chinese New Year Festival is as follows:

Chinese New Year Displays and Exhibits
Feb. 4-7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free admission to the Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse

Hands-on Cultural Activities
Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
These activities include Mahjong and calligraphy, presentations on the history of Chinese New Year and The Year of the Pig, Gu Zheng, Chinese harp, Cymbalon music performances, martial arts demonstrations and more.

Lion Dances
Feb. 8, 5 p.m., Wo Hing Museum
Exciting lion dances will proceed down Front Street, accompanied by drums, gongs and cymbals.

Maui Pops! Winter Pops with Lawrence Golan

When: Feb. 17, 3 p.m.
Where: Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Price: $22-60 (plus applicable fees), half-price for students ages 18 and under
What: “Fiddle-Faddle” features the amazing expressive versatility of the violin, backed by the 50-plus members of Maui Pops Orchestra. Music from "Fiddler on the Roof," "Schindler’s List," "The Lord of the Dance," "Carmen" and selections by Leroy Anderson and Charlie Daniels are just a sampling of what audiences will enjoy. 

Maui Pops! Spring Pops with Debbie Gravitte & Sal Viviano

When: March 10, 3 p.m.
Where: Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Price: $22-50 (plus applicable fees), half-price for students ages 18 & under
What: Prolific entertainer Sal Viviano joins forces with Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte to thrill and delight audiences in “The Sweet Sounds of Big Band,” a celebration of music from the Big Band era. The 50-plus member Maui Pops Orchestra swings along in selections by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Paul Anka, Ray Charles, Glenn Miller and more for an afternoon of toe-tapping revelry. 

Kauai

E Kanikapila Kakou

When: Mondays from Jan. 21-March 25, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Aqua Kauai Beach Resort Jasmine Ballroom
Price: Event is open to the public with donation to enter. No-host bar and food concession available.
What: Over the course of 10 Monday nights through March 25, guest entertainers from around the islands will share their stories of important events, places and people through song. E Kanikapila Kakou enters its 36th season in 2019 with the theme, “Music is Our Mo’olelo.”

Details: Entertainment lineup is as follows:
Jan. 28: Brother Noland
Feb. 4: Army Hanaiali’i Gilliom & Jeff Peterson
Feb. 11: ‘OIWI (John Mahi, Kawaiola Yaris, Bronson Aiwohi)
Feb. 18: Malie Foundation – Community Hula Night & ‘Ukulele Paradise seven-member troupe from Japan
Feb. 25: MAUNA HAPE (Jeff Au Hoy, Adam Asing, Kapono Lopes)
March 4: Mark Yamanaka and Friends
March 11: Kauai Rising Stars
March 18: IRON MANGO (Kalei Gamiao, Lopaka Colon, Jon Yamasato, Richard Gideon)
March 25: MAKAHA SONS (Jerome Koko, Kimo Artis, Mark Yim)

Kauai Steel Guitar Festival

When: March 1-2
Where: Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach
What: In addition to steel guitar performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, the 4th Annual Kauai Steel Guitar Festival will include workshops, jam sessions where festival guests play along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur and professional Hawaiian Steel Guitarists present their own programs to festival guests. 

Hawaii Island

Hands On History at Kona Coffee Living History Farm

When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Price: Participation is free with the purchase of admission to the farm ($15 for adults, $9 for college students with ID, $5 for youths ages 7-17, free for children under age 7 and KHS members). For special group tour arrangements, email gavin@konahistorical.org.
What: Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook will have ongoing “Hands On History” activities that let visitors explore Kona’s history in a deeper and more sensory way to help perpetuate these cultural traditions and preserve the history behind Kona’s coffee industry and its pioneers.