Chinese New Year

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

In 2018, a host of factors led to the cancellation of Honolulu’s annual Night in Chinatown, held to honor the lunar new year.  This year, both the Night and parade are back, but as Chinatowns across the nation sputter and fade away, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, Honolulu’s Chinatown, too, is in the midst of a struggle.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Chinese new year has always been huge in Honolulu and the Chinatown Street Fair with smoky noisy lion dances and street food you can only get there, has been a part of it--- for the last 35 years at least.  People were stunned and disappointed when 2018 celebrations were canceled the week of the event.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on how it all happened.

Hawaii Prepares To Ring In The Year Of The Monkey

Feb 4, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Say goodbye to the Year of the Goat. Starting Monday, we’ll officially enter the Year of the Monkey. Lions and dragons will take to the streets this weekend in Chinatown to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Festival officials say the event brings tens of thousands of tourists and local residents to the area, where everything from good luck charms to char siu jin dui is for sale. Leonard Kam is the past president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. He’s chairing this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Celebrations of the Lunar New Year will be taking place around the state in coming days. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i has events Friday and Saturday, while the Year of the Monkey officially starts next Monday.  And in different parts of Asia, the lunar New Year brings more than just celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.