Chinese New Year 2010 | Honolulu Hawaii Chinatown

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

It's Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger in 2010.  Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays for traditional Chinese.  All the festivities begin on during the first month and continue throughout the month until Chinese New Year's Day. This year is very special as Chinese New Year's day falls on February 14, 2010 which is also Valentine's Day and making it an especially auspicious day to celebrate in the West.

In Honolulu, Hawaii our downtown Chinatown has been celebrating with their festivities over the last couple of weekends. We finally got down to the Chinese Cultural Plaza yesterday to enjoy some of the food, festivities and vendors.  In most states and countries it is celebrated where a sizable Chinese population lives. 

The Chinese Dragon Dancers were getting ready to put on their show so we went to get a snack. We munched on spring rolls and charbroiled chicken on a stick and then went to the vending booths. As you can see, it is such a colorful celebration!

The Chinese Dragon signifies courage, righteousness and dignity. The Chinese Dragon Dance signifies the end of a the year and welcoming a new start while driving away evil spirits, bringing good luck and fortune to people. 

 As history explains:  The firecrackers, red lanterns and clothing were to ward away the mythical beast called Nien. On the first day of the New Year the Nien would come and devour livestock, crops and especially little children. Oh, the galore of red lanterns and decorations for one's door frame and many jade trinkets with different meanings to hang around your home for protection that are available. Some may start the New Year "fresh" by giving their home a fresh coat of red paint, getting a haircut, buying new clothes and shoes which further symbolizes a fresh start.

 This was just one day out of many that we were fortunate to find the time to enjoy. I got what I went for...a renewed outlook for 2010 with the history of traditional Chinese New Year. I did end up purchasing my little jade trinkets for health, strength, prosperity and more.




Click on the following link for more info on>>>Schedule of Events for the Chinese New Year Celebration in Honolulu Hawaii  

Friday and Saturday, January 22 & 23 and January 29 & 30
United Chinese Coalition presents Chinese New Year Festival

Chinatown Cultural Plaza.  At this four-day event, food vendors
provide a variety of Chinese and other Asian cuisine favorites

Saturday, January 30, 5:00 - 10:00 pm

Hilton Hawaiian Village.  At the Coronation Ball, the new Narcissus Queen is officially crowned with much pomp and grandeur as the Chinese Chamber celebrates the 61th Anniversary of the Narcissus Festival 

Friday, February 5, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
61th Annual Narcissus Festival and Choy Cheng, Traditional Lion Dance Blessing, and Chinatown Open House

In Chinatown and at Chinatown Cultural Plaza.  The evening begins at 8 South King St. with the traditional Chinese lion dance blessing -- Choy Cheng.  The Narcissus Queen and her court will visit Chinatown businesses and their patrons..
Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Chinatown Open House
  Chinatown Cultural Plaza. Food vendors provide an assortment of Chinese ethnic favorites, including jai (vegetarian monk's food), gin doi (Chinese doughnut), gau (New Year pudding), and jook (rice soup). Entertainment includes ethnic dance troupes, local musical groups, and martial arts and weapons demonstrations.
Saturday, February 6, 3:30- 5:30 pm
The "Night In Chinatown" Parade begins at 3:30 p.m. on Hotel Street at the
State Capitol and proceeds to Maunakea Street.  Parade participants include Festival Queens and their courts, cultural organizations, kung fu martial artists, lion and dragon dance associations, including a special performance by a
150 foot dragon.  .
Saturday, February 6, 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Night in Chinatown Festival
On Maunakea Street and Smith Street.  This all-day block party features booths with home-cooked Asian food and traditional New Year's arts and crafts, as well as, entertainment on two stages with martial arts, cultural demonstrations, and Chinese lion and dragon dance performance



Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs, she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents.


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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate

Alan: Nothing to do with Tiger Woods...this is a centuries old celebration:)

Ewa: Happy Chinese New Year!

Frank: Have fun!

Terry: Yeah...but right now we're getting hit by the vog from the Big Island. (the volcanic smog that blew over here)

January 25, 2010 10:24 AM #29
Pierre Chan

Happy New Year! Great post and thank you for all the pictures! This blog has brought back many childhood memories...  Good times!

January 25, 2010 10:33 AM #30

Happy New Year! Great post and thank you for all the pictures! This blog has brought back many childhood memories...  Good times!

January 25, 2010 10:35 AM #31
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Nice local post, Sally, and good information. I think this is the year I should take in the big Chinese New Year's parade in San Francisco. Happy New Year.

January 25, 2010 12:17 PM #32
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Nice post!    Year of the Tiger...hmmm....should be interesting, right??

January 25, 2010 12:39 PM #33
Isabel Waters

Hello Celeste,

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2010 to you too!... As a Feng Shui "aficionada" it is grand to see your posting, full of hope and good cheer!.... great photos!... Do you think my live gold fish will do?

All the best,

Isabel, Waters Real Estate (Fort Lauderdale,FL) 

January 25, 2010 12:58 PM #34


Thanks for another interesting post on life in Honolulu. I love the rich cultural heritage mix in the Islands and miss it when I'm on the mainland.  Mahalo for sharing!

January 25, 2010 01:13 PM #35
Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs
Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186 - Wilmington, DE
Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics

I love seeing the Chinese New Year, what a event I wish it was on tv more.

January 25, 2010 11:58 PM #36
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate

Sally - thanks for sharing! What wonderful traditions!!! February 14 is Ron's birthday too, so I think I will have to throw a surprise birthday party for him - and bring him much good luck by having it on the Chinese New Year's Day!!!! Thanks for the idea!!!

January 26, 2010 07:33 AM #37
Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc.

Being within walking distance of downtown Honolulu is great during the Chinese New Year celebration


Thanks for the pictures





January 26, 2010 12:33 PM #38
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC & CB First Realty - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

wow, great localism post! The costumes are fantastic! You really make me want to pack a bag and jump on a flight! So, 6 weeks of fun cultural activities, food and celebration..Now thats a party!
Thanks for sharing such interesting tradition with us!

January 26, 2010 06:30 PM #39
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate

Thanks to you all for your sharing the festivities with me :) Happy Chinese New Year...find one around you!

January 26, 2010 06:33 PM #40
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Sally, great history lesson and localism.  The first I can remember hearing "Gong Hey Fat Choy" I was in junior high...I don't think I ever spelled it right...didn't know about the three way of saying learning how to say things in other languages...I think I can say, thank you, in 20 different languages...not sure if I can spell them, but the way another face lights up when I thank them in their own language says...they don't care how I spell it.

I know how to say thank you in you know if there is more than one way to say it?

January 26, 2010 09:59 PM #41
Debe Maxwell | Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
January 27, 2010 12:21 AM #42
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Great Localism post. Your photos and history of the Chinese New Year really make me wish we could be there to join in the celebration and pick up some of those little jade trinkets.

January 27, 2010 05:16 AM #44
Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Celeste, I don't think I've ever lived anywhere where Chinese New Year traditions were observed in a larger scale so I really appreciate your post and insight.  I love those jade figurines and hope they will bring you good luck in 2010.  Happy Chinese New Year!

January 27, 2010 06:35 AM #45
Welton Wong

Great artical.  I just love it when people post these thing.  It helps to educate more people about the Chinese culture.  I have just 1 correction to make.  What you have pictured is a Chinese Southern Lion.  It is not a dragon.  There is an easy way to tell the differance.  Lions have 4 legs, just like the real ones.  Dragons are mystical creatures and therefore can have more. 

February 03, 2010 09:20 PM #46
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate

Mr. Wong: Thank you so much for the clarification....I many others often confuse the two. Like you said...dragons may have more legs for the dance.  I have a dragon on my hutch and it has two hind and two front....but long tail. Thanks again!

February 03, 2010 10:20 PM #47
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Sally - This is such a great blog and I love all the pictures.

February 12, 2010 06:16 PM #48
michael sears

please i missed you

February 13, 2010 09:35 PM #50
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