Honolulu Welcomes the Dragon!

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Every year I wait for the sounds of those drums!  Whenever I hear them I follow the sound, grab my camera, and grab my wallet for dollar bills, or $5 bills if I am in a good mood and feeling the need for whatever prosperity the Chinese New Year will bring.

We are closing the year of the Rabbit and welcoming in the year of the Dragon.  I love dragons.  I’m more prone to the Old World dragons that guard castles and nest on piles of gold and jewels but, like I said to someone last week, a dragon is a dragon and I’ll take whatever I can get!

No, I am not superstitious and, no, I do not follow the teachings of the zodiac.  However, I have to admit that there is often some truth and accuracy to the things they say about our character traits.  Besides, it’s fun.  You can take it with a grain of salt but it is a heck of a lot of fun to see how things fit the people you know!

Chinese drums move down Fort Street in Downtown Honolulu

There is just something about the sound of those drums, when they are done right, that just triggers something.  Of all Asian art and culture, Chinese lion and dragon dances surpass it all for me.

Lions dance and spectators offer money for bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year.

The best part of Downtown Honolulu at this time of year is that it is so very close to China Town.  Businesses frequently enlist this rite to chase away evil spirits from their doorways.  Hopefully I will run into more of them this year than I did last.  I do not want to wait another year to hear those drums and watch this cultural marvel unfold.  Firecrackers included!

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gigi-hawaii // Jan 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Nice pics, Evelyn. It’s been a while since I was last in Chinatown. My son-in-law’s birthday coincided with Chinese New Year, and his father made me some Gau to celebrate. Ono!

  • 2 Evelyn // Jan 24, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Thanks Gigi. We had some Gau last night too, from Hung Won restaurant in Kaimuki. I’m such a bad person — I forgot to wear red yesterday! That’s okay, I’ll make up for it during the year. :)

  • 3 Blog Surface // Feb 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Evelyn! Just decided to stop by. I wanted to thank you for visiting Blog Surface and invite you to stop by every once in a while. Your comment was well appreciated.

    Anyway, I actually had a chance to see these dragons in Canada (Chinatown) in action. What a sight! It truly represents the Chinese culture/heritage in a fantastic way.

    -Christian

  • 4 Dianne // Feb 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love the Chinese New Year parade. We have one here in DC too. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Dianne

  • 5 Pua // Feb 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Welcoming the NEW Chinese Year in Hawaii is really fun, more so when you are having the keikis with you.

    Plus, when I first time found out that I was born in the year of the ‘rooster’ and read up on character traits, I was totally flabbergasted how close a match I was with the Chinese ‘rooster’!

    Check all the Chinese years for and with your best friends, which I did, and I guaranty you at least a very entertaining afternoon.Aloha, Pua
    p.s.
    Nice photos Evelyn!

  • 6 Evelyn // Feb 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    @BlogSurface: Thanks for returning the visit! :) It is amazing how the lion dances, etc. can be truly amazing!

    @Dianne: Your is one of the blogs that I consider a true WeBLOG. I think it is more of a journal like the blogs started out to be. I also admire your intelligence. :)

    @Pua: Hey girl, where have you been? Good to see you check in every once in a while. :)

  • 7 Blog Surface // Feb 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Thanks again for the comment Evelyn. Did you know that you were the first lady that we have commenting on the site… that’s awesome… Anyway, what’s new in honolulu? hehe

  • 8 Evelyn // Feb 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

    First female? Hmmm… you must have done/said something some time back that made me subscribe to your blog. Maybe I’ll remember what it was and I’ll let you know! :)

  • 9 gigi-hawaii // Feb 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Evelyn, would you like to have lunch with Kay and Hattie and me? Sunday Feb 26 at 12 noon at Kincaid’s. Please email me.

  • 10 gigi-hawaii // Feb 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Evelyn: Change in plans. We are going to have lunch at MY HOME. Would you like to join us? Please email me. Thanks.

  • 11 Evelyn // Mar 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

    OMG, Gigi, I am so sorry! I didn’t even see your message until this morning! :( Life, as usual, has been getting in the way of everything! I’m so sorry! I would have loved to meet up with you guys! Awww! Raincheck?

  • 12 Lorraine // Mar 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Nice to find you. I will enjoy reading your blog. Mahalo.

  • 13 Evelyn // Mar 9, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Hi Lorraine! If I can get myself in gear and give you something to read! I was happy to find YOU! :) Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment too!

  • 14 Chris // Apr 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Homespun Honolulu,

    I really enjoy your blog, is there a chance we can correspond about an upcoming event in Honolulu via email? I think you will be really interested in attending or writing about us and hearing how we will promote your blog in return!

    -Chris

  • 15 Evelyn // Apr 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Hi Chris! Sure, I’ll drop you an email to see what you’re working on!

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