Oahu’s diverse cultures and colorful traditions are some of the distinct characteristics that define its rich history. The island’s present-day population, much like the rest of the state of Hawaii, consists of a mix of races including Native Hawaiians, Japanese, Caucasian, Filipino, Chinese and more. Throughout the years, the various ethnic groups have shared their distinct flavors, decorations and languages with the rest of the island – and for the Chinese population, that means major holidays, like Chinese New Year, are showcased in a big way.
This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 16 and ends on March 2. This signifies the start of the year of the dog, the zodiac animal that’s known for its truthfulness and reliability.
To get in on the lunar new year fun, check out these events on Oahu that pay homage to the popular holiday.
Chinese New Year Celebration
February 9 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and February 10 from 10:00am to 10:00pm
Each year, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii hosts its Chinese New Year Celebration event at Chinatown Cultural Plaza. The family-friendly event will feature food and craft booths, live entertainment, special cultural performances, lion and dragon dances and more. The festival’s queen and her court will be crowned and they will be visiting stores in Chinatown to wish them good luck for the new year as part of a traditional New Year’s blessing known as Choy Cheng.
Chinatown Open House (Choy Cheng)
February 9 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
This nightly celebration pays homage to an ancient tradition in which the “lions” bless businesses for the coming year. Come down to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to see the lively celebration in action!