Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Rabbit

Kung Hee Fat Choy! Chinatown is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit this Friday and Saturday with fun for the whole family. Ramsay Wharton is live from Chinatown this morning to tell us more about some of the events and the cultural traditions of celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Watch this morning's live shots and catch extended interviews by clicking, WEBEXTRAs in the VIDEO Gallery.  

CHINATOWN—The Chinatown Merchants Association, Honolulu Chinese Jaycees, the City & County of Honolulu, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and the United Chinese Coalition celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with their annual "Night In Chinatown" Festival and Parade on Saturday, January 29, 2011, on Maunakea and Smith Streets, right in the heart of Honolulu's Chinatown.

This all-day block party will begin at 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Smith & Maunakea Streets will be lined with craft and food booths, including performances on 3 stages, live martial arts demonstrations, Chinese lion dancing, dragon dancing and a special performance by a 150' dragon.

The Night In Chinatown Festival includes a Keiki Fair in the Smith-Beretania Park area.  There will be various Chinese New Year crafts and activities for the children and fun for the family, including an opportunity for children to participate in their very own Little Miss Chinatown & Young Master Showcase.  All participants in the Little Miss Chinatown & Young Master Showcase are invited to participate in the Night In Chinatown Parade with the Miss Hawaii Chinese and Miss Chinatown Hawaii and their respective Courts.

Making a special Chinese New Year appearance will be the 2011 Miss Hawaii Chinese Queen, 2011 Miss Chinatown Hawaii and 2011 Narcissus Queen and their respective courts in the Parade and throughout the event.  Miss Hawaii Chinese Queen will participate in the Miss Chinatown USA pageant in San Francisco in February 2011 and Miss Chinatown Hawaii will participate in the Miss Hawaii pageant in June 2011.

For more information about the 2011 "Night In Chinatown" Festival and Parade or interested parties wanting to participate as a booth vendor, parade participant or stage performance, please contact Gifford Chang at (808) 306-4570 or Denton Chun at (808) 375-2488 or email:  To reserve a space in the Little Miss Chinatown Showcase, please contact Stephanie Ching at (808) 754-8717 or

January 29, 2011
9 A.M. – 10 P.M.

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Also in Chinatown on Corner of Nuuanu Ave. & Ala Moana Blvd. the "I Love Chinatown Festival Free Block Party" will take place Friday, January 28th & Saturday, 29th, 2011.

Join us as we kick off the first in a series of special events called the I Love Chinatown Festival. The first Festival will be celebrating Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rabbit, and the return of the NFL Pro Bowl.

Festival Hours will be from 4pm-10pm on Friday, January 28, 2011 and from 12noon-10pm on Saturday, January 29, 2011. The event is FREE to all ages. The festival will Feature the Taste of INDIGO food court presented by world renown Chef Glenn Chu, over 20 Live bands and DJ's, 21+ alcohol garden, mechanical bull, mechanical surf ride, foam party tent, Keiki Zone, Lion Dance with firecrackers, Dance performers, Custom bike exhibit, and a pub crawl after party, both Friday and Saturday night, from 10pm to 2am, at all participating bars and clubs in Downtown Chinatown presented, by Double-O-Spot's Chinatown Getdown. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to nonprofit foundations.

There will be fun for all age groups.  As stated by James Tennant, the Director of the Board of I Love Chinatown Festival, LLC, "The goal of the I Love Chinatown Festival is to bring all various types of culture in food, arts, and entertainment together with music as our universal language."

For more information about I Love Chinatown Festival, LLC and the details of the festival