The third largest group among the Asian population in Hawaii is the Chinese.
Chinese New Year
The islands celebrate in Honolulu’s Chinatown with the crowning of a Narcissus Queen, a lion dance, firecrackers, a parade, and a street festival.
On Maui, they celebrate in Lahaina (this may or may not change location) with a lion dance, live entertainment, demonstrations, and food.
On the Big Island of Hawaii, you may find a celebration in Hilo, which includes a performance and an all-day festival in Kalakaua Park.
Chinese Narcissus Festival
In January or February right before the Chinese New Year Celebration in Honolulu.
Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant
Created in 1990 as a scholarship pageant by the Honolulu Chinatown Merchants’ Association
If you are interested in the Chinese culture in Hawaii, Chinatown in Honolulu offers a great deal of culture and history. It has become an important center for the arts. There are also tours available.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa (in the Manoa Valley of Honolulu) has a Center for Chinese Studies.
Of course, Chinese cooking is a very big part of the culture in the islands. I am going to try two favorites and will post my experience sometime in early 2011. Look for them! Char Siu and Almond Cookies.
Enjoy, and mahalo for visiting!