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What to do: Chinese New Year events

Sunday, Feb. 10 marks the start of the Year of the Snake, but festivities to celebrate the Chinese New Year have already begun


Posted January 29, 2013 by Nonstop Honolulu

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
Free

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
Free

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

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

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
Free

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
Free

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

Chinese New Year Festival (1 of 22)

Chinese New Year Festival

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 (1 of 16)

Chinese new year 2012

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

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