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by Rena Fulgencio, staff writer


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.


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