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Things to Do in January in Hawaii

This month, feed a dancing Chinese lion, root for a hole-in-one and commemorate King’s dream.


photo: courtesy harvey rogoff

Chinese New Year

Jan. 6-21

Ring in the Year of the Dragon during the city’s Month in Chinatown. Celebrate a year of good fortune, beginning with the annual Chinese New Year Festival. chinatownhi.com.

Elton John

Jan. 6 & 7

The Rocket Man and his band visit Hawaii as part of his “Greatest Hits Live” tour, at the Blaisdell Arena. blaisdellcenter.com.


photo: ross hamamura

Sacha Boutros

Jan. 7

The noted multilingual jazz musician makes her Doris Duke Theatre debut this month. Boutros boasts powerful pipes, vocal control and the range of an opera singer. honoluluacademy.org.

The Sony Open

Jan. 9-15

Hawaii’s largest charitable sporting event features 144 golf pros competing at the Waialae Country Club. friendsofhawaii.org.

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New Shanghai Circus

Jan. 13-15

Human pretzels and dragon dancers take the stage at Hawaii Theatre. Be prepared to ooh and ah; this Chinese acrobatic troop is no traditional circus. hawaiitheatre.com.

Mochitsuki Festival

Jan. 14

The Honbushin International Center invites all to take part in mochi pounding. Come with friends or family and learn how the traditional Japanese New Year food is made, from start to finish. honbushin.us.

photo: courtesy honbushin

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Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Rally

Jan. 16

The MLK Coalition of Hawaii hosts its 24th annual parade this holiday. After the march, enjoy live entertainment, food for purchase and local vendors. mlk-hawaii.com.

Pro Bowl 2012

Jan. 29

Aloha Stadium hosts the annual all-star game to close the NFL season. Tickets start at $45 and the stadium’s 50,000 seats typically sell out.

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