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Chinese New Year 2021

Join in the vibrant celebration at one of the oldest Chinatowns across the nation


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates.

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.

Chinese New Year at Chinatown Cultural Plaza (February 2021, unconfirmed)

The central celebration at Chinatown Cultural Plaza, 100 N. 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.

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.

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