Celebrations for Chinese New Year honor Year of the Rat on Oahu

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The celebration for the Year of the Rat continues in Chinatown on Oahu.

The Chinese New Year festivities started at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Maunakea Marketplace. The event ends at 1 p.m.

The focus is on upgrading the neighborhood, and bringing more business to the often-troubled

Pageant royalty kicked off the first of what will be monthly cultural celebrations at Maunakea Marketplace, this year observing its 30th anniversary.

“Chinatown has been in a slowdown for a while,” said Barinna Poon of Maunakea Marketplace. “So this is the first day of Chinese New Year, the year of that so people will come and celebrate and gather, hang around, eat, shop, do whatever they want.”

The marketplace is off to a good start. A joint project with the city and county will see the centers top floor occupied by a recreation center and 38 low income apartments.

The Lunar New Year is not just fun and festivity. It is also a time for prayer, for better business for Chinatown and health and safety for family back home.

“I’m concerned that it’s going to spread from the province where it’s now into the city where they are,” said Stephanie who is worried about the Coronavirus. “We’re hoping and praying that everybody is safe and they contain the virus so it doesn’t affect our family in Zhosun.”

The community hopes the year of the rat will ease the challenges of the next decade.

Gung Hee Fat Choy and Xie Niven Kwaile!

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