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Chinese New Year Celebrations in Hawaii

Hilo Chinese New Year celebrations
Hilo Chinese New Year celebrations
Noel Morata Photography

Chinese New Year celebrations are in full swing in Hawaii. The year of the horse or "Ma" in Chinese, signifies an energetic, bright and warm hearted spirit. Those born in the year of the horse tend to be clever, kind, popular and have a cheerful disposition. The year of the horse starts on officially on Friday January 31st, but festivities are occurring earlier depending on the island and the designated timeframes.

Here are some of the main events planned throughout the islands:

Oahu Island

The Chinese New Year Narcissus Festival and Celebration

January 24th and 25th

Chinatown Cultural Plaza

10am - 10pm

Open to the public and free admission

Night in Chinatown Street Festival

Saturday January 25th

Hotel and Smith Streets

Open to the public - free admission

Night in Chinatown Parade

With 200 marchers, floats and bands

3:30 - 5:30

Richards Street/Hotel Street

Chinese New Year Festival

January 31st, February 1st

Chinatown Cultural Plaza

Free admission

Maui Island


The annual Maui Chinese New Year festival is held at the maui mall

70 e. Kaahumanu avenue, kahului

February 1 from 9am to 2pm

Free admission

Festivities include lion dances, Chinese crafts, cultural displays and photography, entertainment, food booths, along with a keiki costume contest.

Hawaii Island

The 12th Annual Hilo Chinese New Year Festival

Downtown Hilo

February 8th 9am - 3pm

Festivities include Chinese lion dancers and business blessing, martial arts, calligraphy and crafts demonstrations, food booths, Keiki fashion show and food tastings

Free admission

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