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(Wednesday, January 13, 2010) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann today joined leaders of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Chinatown Merchants Association, United Chinese Coalition, and The ARTS at Marks Garage to announce plans for the City and County of Honolulu’s Month in Chinatown commemoration of the Lunar New Year.


“I’m pleased to announce that the City and these organizations have an exciting series of events planned to welcome the Year of the Tiger,” Hannemann said.  The celebration highlights Chinatown, an area the mayor is especially interested in revitalizing as the focal point for culture and arts in Honolulu.


“The City’s efforts in working with non profit groups since 2006 have transformed Chinatown into an art hub on Oahu,” said Hannemann.  “Now more than ever we want to welcome residents and visitors to enjoy these festivities and see the new face of the city.”


Free 32-page, full-color guidebooks listing all of the events are available, along with Year of the Tiger ribbons and pins.  The tiger logo design is by local artist Zong Chen Liu, and the booklet is the result of a collaborative effort with the Honolulu Star Bulletin/Midweek.


The Year of the Tiger officially begins on February 14, but traditional observances will take place throughout January and February.  The festival includes lion dances, fireworks, exhibits, Chinese singing and dancing, martial arts demonstrations, feng shui displays, fortune-telling, and a wide variety of food that represent the rich diversity of the Chinatown community.


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Bill Brennan, 768-6928