The Hawaiian Islands are almost as close to Asia as they are to the mainland United States, so it's no wonder that Asian heritage and Asian holidays are respected here. Chinese New Year in 2017, the Year of the Rabbit, is January 28, and you'll find great events marking the occasion in Chinatown.
The Narcissus Queen Pageant takes place on January 7, with more than a dozen beautiful ladies vying for the title. Narcissus flowers are associated with the lunar new year and symbolizes a pure spirit. Although this is Hawaii, there's no swimsuit competition and it's the contestants' elegance in traditional Chinese evening gowns and their talents that result in winning the title.
Chinatown hosts an Open House on January 20, with Chinese New Year's Celebrations on January 20 & 21. At any time of year, Chinatown offers the discoveries of exotic fruits, fish, and candies in its markets, mysterious greens in herbal shops, and gilded shrines. During the open house, you can enjoy traditional foods while watching lion dancers or martial artists demonstrate their skills. There'll be a parade to welcome the New Year on Saturday.
Chinatown is also one of Oahu's nightlife hotspots, so linger after dark to continue exploring. The neighborhood is home to both intimate clubs with room for only two dozen partiers and large venues with hundreds of beers on the menu and hundreds of revelers.
After your day and night in Chinatown, return to the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber. Get a room with an ocean view, and let the view of the Pacific inspire sweet dreams of your lunar new year celebration.