Kung Hee Fat Choy! The Chinese New Year begins this year on Feb. 16. Year 4713 in the Chinese calendar, based on the lunar year, is the Year of the Dog. Chinese New Year celebrations take place across Oahu in the coming days; here’s our calendar.
Note: The “Night in Chinatown” parade and block party previously scheduled for Saturday by the Chinatown Merchants Association has been cancelled.
“Ring in the Year of the Dog”: Presented by The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; chinesechamber.com, 533-3181
>> Chinese New Year Celebration: 5-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Chinatown Cultural Plaza. Vendors, food and craft booths, cultural performances, lion and dragon dances, lion-dancing on poles. At 11 a.m., L&L presents a dog costume contest; details, 951-9888 or llhawaii.com.
>> Choy Cheng (Chinatown Open House): 6-9 p.m. Friday, Chinese Chamber of Commerce (8 S. King St.) and the Chinatown district. The 2018 Narcissus Queen and her Court, along with several lion dance groups, visit merchants throughout Chinatown to spread good luck in this annual traditional blessing.
Chinese New Year Celebration: Market City Shopping Center, lower level; marketcityhawaii.com, 734-0282
>> Lion dancing, a dragon performance, taiko drumming, firecrackers: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Note: Additional parking at Kaimuki High School.
Narcissus plant exhibit: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Honolulu Social Hall, 1317 Queen Emma St., 783-0030
>> Display of narcissus plants in bloom: Including traditional upright and intricate “crab-claw” varieties, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
Year of the Dog celebration: Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center; royalhawaiiancenter.com, 922-2299
>> Year of the Dog Instagram contest: Post a picture of your dog dressed in a Lunar New Year theme with the hashtag of #RHCLunarDog by Thursday. The top 20 finalists will be invited to compete at the Year of the Dog Parade on Feb. 17.
>> Korean folk dance: 5 p.m. Monday
>> Chinese calligraphy demonstration: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Helumoa Hale Guest Services Room. Repeats Feb. 21 at 10 a.m.
>> Chinese lantern-making class: In the Helumoa Hale Guest Services Room (next to Royal Grove) at 3 p.m. Feb. 16, led by Miss Chinatown 2017, followed by picture-taking session with her court at 4:30 p.m.
>> Chinese New Year festivities: Begin 5 p.m. Feb. 16, with firecrackers and lion dancing by Lung Kong Physical Culture Club.
>> Year of the Dog Parade (pet-friendly event): 4 p.m. Feb. 17. The 20 finalists from the Year of the Dog Instagram contest compete for prizes on the Royal Grove stage.
>> Chinese calligraphy demonstration: 10 a.m. Feb. 21, Helumoa Hale Guest Services Room.
>> Lung Kong Physical Culture Club Lion Dance Team performance: 5 p.m. Feb. 25
“Year of the Dog”: Ala Moana Centerstage; alamoanacenter.com
>> Pole-jumping performances by Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association: 6 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 16
>> Center-wide celebration: Kicks off 11 a.m. Feb. 17, with kung fu demonstrations, performance by Phoenix Dance Chamber, lion dancing and more than 20 lions from various dance groups spreading good luck throughout the mall. Centerstage pictures with lion dancers at 2 p.m.
Year of the Dog: T Galleria by DFS Hawaii, 330 Royal Hawaiian Ave.; dfs.com, 931-2700
>> Made in Hawaii ALOHA doggie biscuit gift for dogs (while supplies last): With any donation to the Hawaiian Humane Society. Thursday-Feb. 22, second floor
>> Lion dance performance: 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Kalakaua Avenue entrance.
>> Chinese good fortune calligraphy: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 17-21, third floor. With purchase.
>> Meet the Chinese God of Prosperity: Receive a lucky red envelope, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 17-22
Pacific Aviation Museum: Pearl Harbor, Ford Island; pacificaviationmuseum.org, 441-1000
>> Lion dance performance: By Sing Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association, 1 p.m. Feb. 16. Free with Museum admission.
“New Wave Friday” Lunar New Year: South Shore Market, Ward Village. wardvillage.com/events
>> Lion dancing and an interactive art activity: Design your own mini manapua — music, shopping and keiki activities, 5-9 p.m.
>> Xiqu (Chinese “opera”): Performed in English. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17; 2 p.m. Feb. 18; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24; and 2 p.m. Feb. 25; $5-$25
Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center: 111 Ohe St.; discoverycenterhawaii.org, 524-5437
>> Chinese crafts and games: calligraphy and a kid-friendly lion dance performance by Kuo Min Tang Physical Cultural Association at noon. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Free with Center admission.
Hawaii Kai Towne Center: Waterfront Stage. hawaiikaitownecenter.com
>> Lion-dance performance: By Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association at 11 a.m., followed by the lion visiting merchants to spread good luck at 11:45 a.m. The public is welcome to offer money or red envelopes to feed the lion.
Chinese New Year Celebration: International Market Place, Queen’s Court; shopinternationalmarketplace.com
>> Meet the lions and lion dancers: Learn about Chinese New Year and see performers in action as lions dance and visit merchants throughout the marketplace, noon-2 p.m.
>> Chinese calligraphy: 2-4 p.m. Select a Chinese idiom and have it inscribed by Master Tsui and Madame Chang on lucky red paper.
“Kung Hee Fat Choy!”: Mililani Shopping Center, east-side office courtyard; mililanishoppingcenter.com
>> Lion dance and Chinese martial arts demonstration: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23
Wahiawa Shopping Center and Wahiawa Town Center: 808ne.ws/2nxfdKA
>> Free Chinese readings: chi kung (meditation exercise), calligraphy art, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with a Narcissus Court appearance at 11:30 a.m., and a lion dance and martial arts demonstration by Gee Yung Society at noon.