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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              February 13, 2007

 

 

CITY’S MONTH IN CHINATOWN KICKS OFF CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

 

            Downtown Honolulu will come alive with the colorful sights, sounds and tastes of the Chinese New Year, as Chinatown formally kicks off its annual celebration of this popular ethnic tradition on Friday (February 16).

 

            The Chinese Chamber of Commerce,  Chinatown Merchants Association, United Chinese Coalition, United Chinese Society, Honolulu Chinese Jaycees, The ARTS at Marks Garage and the City and County of Honolulu have joined efforts to coordinate their resources in presenting this popular celebration.

 

            Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Chinese Cultural Plaza center stage, with dancing lions and the introduction of the 2007 Narcissus Queen, Jessica Lau, and her court.  The following is a schedule of other featured weekend events:

 

  • February 16 (Friday),  6 p.m., Chinese Cultural Plaza—The grand opening of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s new office at 76 North King Street. Chamber officers will join the Narcissus Queen and her court to usher in the New Year by visiting about 30 merchants and organizations, wishing them good luck and prosperity in a tradition known as choy cheng.

 

  • February 16 and 17 (Friday and Saturday),  7 to 11 p.m., Chinese Cultural Plaza—“Chinatown Open House.” Chinese foods, arts and crafts booths and entertainment featuring dance troupes, musical groups and martial arts demonstrations. 

 

  • February 17 (Saturday),  9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.—“Night In Chinatown.”  A street fair and block party on Maunakea Street, from Beretania Street to King Street.  Entertainment plus concession booths offering home-cooked Asian fare and traditional New Year’s arts and crafts.

 

  • February 17 (Saturday), 4 p.m.—“Night In Chinatown” Parade.  The parade runs along Hotel Street, beginning from Richards Street and ending at River Street.  Parade participants will include acrobats and kung fu martial artists. 

 

 

The Year of the Boar officially begins on February 18.  For more information on events and activities, call (808) 948-2007 or visit www.chinatownhi.com

 

 

 

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Contact: Alanka Remec    527-6221

Mayor’s Office Of Economic Development

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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