Lions and Taiko Drums! Welcome the Year of the Pig at the exciting “Asian Fest” at Queens’ MarketPlace. Come celebrate with vibrant Lion Dancers and the driving
rhythms of drums from around the world. And, make sure you have your lycee (red envelope) ready with “lettuce” to feed the Lion and ensure good health and fortune in 2019. More than Chinese New Year, Asian Fest brings together the fun and fascinating Far East traditions that came to Hawai`i and still inspire residents and visitors from everywhere!
Asian Fest Entertainment Schedule:
5:10 Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko
5:40 Kealakehe High School Japanese Dance Group
5:55 Meet & Greet the Chinese Lion Dancers
6:25 Koto Music by Darin Miyashiro
6:45 Visayan Dance Group, Filipino Dancers
7:15 Lion Dance begins at Island Gourmet Markets and proceeds door to door
A celebration of the far east and a rousing welcome to the Year of the Pig, Queens’ MarketPlace invites the community to join in the excitement of Asian Fest on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5-8 p.m.
The free event is a unique and popular way to experience and enjoy the music, cuisine and customs of China, Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines, and other Asian cultures.
Highlights of the event include food tastings, nonstop entertainment and a spectacular Lion Dance. A centuries-old tradition, essential to New Year’s festivities in Hawai‘i, the colorful Chinese Lion Dancers perform acrobatic feats and leaps, interacting with the audience and parading through Queens’ MarketPlace from door to door. Participants young and old can “feed” the Lion lai see (red envelopes with small donations in them) to bring good fortune in the year ahead (envelopes will be provided).
Taiko also plays an essential part of Asian Fest, and the thundering drums of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko of North Kohala kick off the excitement at the Coronation Pavilion. Their high-energy style of taiko brings movement and music together for a dramatic performance that captivates audiences of all ages.
Throughout Queens’ MarketPlace, chefs will provide food samples (while they last) from A-Bay’s Island Grill, Bistro at the Cinemas, Ippy’s Hawaiian BBQ, Island Gourmet Markets, Mai Grille, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, Sansei Seafood, Steak and Sushi Bar, Sushi Shiono, Tropics Ale House, Waikoloa Beach Marriott, and more.