Oahu hosts the most popular Chinese New Year festivities across Hawaii. The prime annual celebration occurs in Chinatown Honolulu, known among the oldest ones in the USA. Moreover, lots of holiday-related events run across local museums, libraries, and other establishments before and after the official CNY date. Depending on the year, the season might start in late January and last until early March.
Lunar New Year in Chinatown (February 3, 2024)
The central celebration at Chinatown, along Beretania Street, features traditional lion and dragon dances, live music, martial arts demos, craft booths, ethnic delicacies, tons of cultural entertainment, and fireworks. This family-friendly two-day affair usually takes place a week prior to the actual Lunar New Year. Additionally, you're welcome to check out the neighborhood's plentiful restaurants and bakeries offering special treats throughout the festive season.
Lunar New Year Parade
The highlight of the celebration is the Lunar New Year Parade, which starts at 4:30 pm. The route starts at the Hawaii State Capitol lawn. Then the colorful procession moves on Hotel Street into Honolulu Chinatown, proceeds on Beretania Street, and ends in A'ala Park.
So, don't think twice—bring your favorite red outfit (for good fortune) and some money, and head out over to Chinatown Honolulu for a memorable Chinese New Year experience.