Chinese New Year Run-Down


The Year of the Ram is nearly here. On February 19, it will be time to post that Long’s child-sized holographic poster featuring that horned and hoofed majesty on a mountaintop on the window of your store or office, down that rice cake, and stock up on oranges. While the Chinese New Year officially begins on the third Thursday in February, organizations in Chinatown are getting to the party early. Below, find times, dates, and locations for goings-on in the area:

The Chinatown Open House on Friday February 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This includes lion dances and firecrackers, and is hosted by The Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The open house is happening at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and throughout the Chinatown District from Nuuanu Avenue to River Street to King Street and Pauahi Street.

The entire two-day celebration (5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday) at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza that features food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and entertainment. Food vendors serve up an assortment of Chinese favorites that are believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and long life, including gin doi, gau, and jook. Expect lion dances, performances by local musical groups, and martial arts and weapons demonstrations.

The Chinese New Year’s Parade starts around 3:30 p.m. Saturday February 14. It will start at Richards and Hotel, will proceed along Hotel and end at River Street.

Night in Chinatown, put on by The Chinatown Merchants Association, will take place following the parade on Saturday, February 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. There are five stages of entertainment, merchants, and of course, lots of food. Find it on Maunakea Avenue Smith, and Pauahi Streets.

Note: If you want to come to Chinatown for a reason unrelated to kicking off a grand ol' new year, expect limited parking and a bit of a walk--various streets in the neighborhood will be closed from 5:30 p.m. on Friday night (King, Pauahi, Hotel, Nuuanu) to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday (Pauahi, Smith, Maunakea, and Hotel). Get the specifics here.