Kung hee fat choy! Welcome to the year of the
boar. Sunday, Feb. 18 marked the start of the Chinese New Year.
According to the Chinese calendar, it is the year 4057. Celebrations
were held in Chinatown throughout the Spring Festival.
Beginning the festivities on Friday, Feb. 16, was the 58th annual
Narcissus Festival, which included the blessing of the lion and
the Narcissus Queen, Jessica Lau, and her court of four princesses.
Festivities continued through the weekend with a parade that
began at Richards Street, went through Hotel Street and ended
at River Street, there were also lion and dragon dances, live
entertainment on two stages.
Participating in the parade were Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman,
Representative Rodney Tam, Miss Chinatown 2007, Sonja Tam, and
her court, U.S. Attorney General, Ed Kubo and the Royal Hawaiian
Band among numerous other groups. Food and craft vendors were
stationed along Mauna Kea Street.
Festivities continued the following weekend with two martial
arts films featured each night on a 40-foot screen at A‘ala
Park on Feb. 23 and 24. Lion and dragon dances served as entertainment
prior to each movie, and Heather’s Inflatables provided
fun activities for children.
All of the events were free and open to the public for both weeks.