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Happy Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon - January 23 2012

Under the Hawaii State Law "Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week" The one week period following the day of the Chinese New Year shall be known and designated as the "Asian Lunar New Year Week of Commemoration in Hawaii". This week is not and shall not be construed as a state holiday. [L 2007, c 48, §2]

For the Year of the Dragon, under Hawaii State Law, the "Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week" will be January 23 - 29 2012 

 Honolulu Chinatown - Year of the Dragon 2012 Lion Dance with Firework

 President Obama's Lunar New Year Message - Year of the Dragon

May 1, 2007

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Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce has worked with the Hawaii State Legislators for the past 18 month to support the establishment of the "Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week" by Working with Both Democratic and Republican Legislator in the Hawaii State House of Representative and Hawaii State Senate.

The legislature enrolled H.B. 1103, S.D. 1, to the Governor and she signed the measure on May 1, 2007, as Act 48.

Also special thanks to Maryland Senator Brian Frosh for the information and support.

Report Title: Chinese New Year; Commemoration

Description: Establishes the Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week.


H.B. NO. 1103 and S.B. NO. 247






SECTION 1. Chinese New Year is the preeminent day of commemoration of culture and arts for more than one quarter of the world's population. A special Chinese calendar is used to determine festivals. Various Chinese communities around the world use this calendar, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South East Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and

The beginnings of the Chinese calendar date back to the fourteenth century B.C. The Chinese calendar is the exact astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and phases of the moon, which indicates that the Chinese calendar is heavily influenced by the same principles of modern astronomy. Determining the exact date of each Chinese New Year requires a number of astronomical calculations. Historically, the Chinese New Year Day has practically been regarded as the only day of the year when China's hard-working peasants allowed themselves to rest. Although celebrations of the Chinese New Year vary, the underlying message is one of peace and happiness for family members and friends.

The legislature finds that the prominence of Hawaii's Chinese population and the emphasis on promoting tourism from China warrants an official commemoration of Chinese New Year.

The purpose of this Act is to designate the Asian Lunar New Year as a week of commemoration.

SECTION 2. Chapter 8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week. The one week period following the day of the Chinese New Year shall be known and designated as the "Asian Lunar New Year Week of Commemoration in Hawaii". This week shall not be construed as a state holiday."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Date   Status Text
1/22/2007 H Pending introduction.
1/24/2007 H Introduced and Pass First Reading.
1/24/2007 H Referred to TAC/INT, referral sheet 4
2/16/2007 H Bill scheduled to be heard by TAC/INT on Wednesday, 02-21-07 at 9:00 am in House conference room 325.
2/21/2007 H The committee(s) recommends that the measure be deferred until 02-28-07.
2/23/2007 H Bill scheduled to be heard by TAC/INT on Wednesday, 02-28-07 at 11:30 am in House conference room 325.
2/28/2007 H The committees on TAC recommend that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes were as follows: 9 Ayes: Representative(s) Yamane, Manahan, Brower, Chang, Herkes, Tsuji, Wakai, Yamashita, Marumoto; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 3 Excused: Representative(s) Berg, Hanohano, Ching.
2/28/2007 H The committees on INT recommend that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes were as follows: 7 Ayes: Representative(s) Cabanilla, Tokioka, Belatti, Mizuno, Rhoads, Shimabukuro, Awana; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 4 Excused: Representative(s) Bertram, Green, Takai, Ward.
2/28/2007 H Reported from the committee on TAC/INT (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 790), recommending passage on Second Reading and placement on the calendar for Third Reading.
3/1/2007 H Passed Second Reading; placed on the calendar for Third Reading with none voting no (0) and Carroll, Nishimoto, Thielen excused (3).
3/2/2007 H Passed Third Reading with none voting no (0) and Takamine, Takumi, Thielen excused (3). Transmitted to Senate.
3/2/2007 S Received from House (Hse. Com. No. 76).
3/6/2007 S Passed First Reading.
3/8/2007 S Referred to TSG.
3/23/2007 S The committee(s) on TSG has scheduled a public hearing on 03-29-07 at 1:15 pm in conference room 229.
3/29/2007 S The committee(s) on TSG recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in TSG were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Nishihara, Kim, Tsutsui, Trimble; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 0 Excused: none.
4/3/2007 S Reported from TSG (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 1490) with recommendation of passage on Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and placement on the calendar for Third Reading.
4/3/2007 S Report adopted; Passed Second Reading.
4/3/2007 S 48 Hrs. Notice 04-05-07.
4/5/2007 S Passed Third Reading. Ayes, 22; Aye(s) with reservations: none . Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 3 (Senator(s) Bunda, Sakamoto, Tokuda). Transmitted to House.
4/5/2007 H Returned from Senate (Sen. Com. No. 549) in amended form (SD 1).
4/10/2007 H House disagrees with Senate amendment (s).
4/10/2007 S Received notice of disagreement (Hse. Com. No. 548).
4/13/2007 H Reconsideration of action taken on 4/10/2007.
4/13/2007 S Received notice of House reconsideration of action in disagreeing to the amendments proposed by the Senate (Hse. Com. No. 781).
4/16/2007 H House agrees to Senate amendment(s).
4/16/2007 H Passed Final Reading as amended in (SD 1) with none voting no (0) and Bertram, Hanohano, Herkes, Karamatsu, McKelvey, Morita, Nishimoto, M. Oshiro, Saiki, Shimabukuro, Takamine excused (11).
4/16/2007 H Transmitted to Governor.
4/17/2007 S Received notice of House agreement and passage on Final Reading (Hse. Com. No. 787).
5/1/2007 H Act 048, on 5/1/2007 (Gov. Msg. No. 377).
5/3/2007 S Act 048, 5/1/2007 (Gov. Msg. No. 812).
5/3/2007 S Act 048, 5/1/2007 (Gov. Msg. No. 812).



































Testimony by Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee (Feb 16, 2007)

Representative Yamane, Representative Cabanilla and House Speaker Say:

In view of the shortness of time before the hearing(s) of HB 1103 & SB 247, I am writing to offer my individual support by email for these two House Bills pertaining to the Observation of the Asian Lunar New Year.

As a Chinese-American who grew up in San Francisco with its large population of Asian-Americans, I have experienced the importance of the Lunar New Year in that city. Not only is the lunar new year period a significant part of the history and cultural life of the diverse Asian-American community, but it makes a major contribution to the economy of San Francisco itself.

Over the eight days of the celebration of the lunar new year, for example, San Francisco's Chinatown--the largest of any city in the USA, the City of San Francisco, the Chinatown Merchants' Association, Chinatown restaurants, grocery stores, and retail outlets and many others contribute to the activities. The entire community comes alive as flower vendors and food sellers set up street stalls to serve the interest of locals and visitors alike who come to buy branches of cherry blossoms, pots of red azaleas and sweetmeats for observing the lunar new year at home. It is a happy time for everyone in the community as the air is permeated with the sweet scent of narcissus and flavors of delicious food.  As in the old country, the lunar new year is a time to settle debts honorably and of promise and hope for a good year ahead, for success personally and in business ventures.

The culmination of the Chinese new year ends with a major parade, which is televised on a mainstream channel. Once with only local participants in the parade, today there are floats and marchers from other parts of the USA and outside of the USA as well. Visitors travel to San Francisco from everywhere to join in the lunar new year celebration, and the economic benefits extend beyond Chinatown to San Francisco's downtown hotels and businesses in other districts.

While neither HB 1103 and SB 247 provides funding for the lunar new year celebration, unlike the City of San Francisco which provides significant financial support for Chinese New Year as part of its tourism promotion, I believe that these bills do provide useful symbolic support and can encourage or spur action on the part of the various Honolulu Chinese cultural and business organizations, as well as interested individuals, that may result in a weeklong event to nearly rival San Francisco's Chinese New Year celebration and to help further diversify our tourism attractions in Hawaii. I, therefore, strongly support the HB 1103 and SB 247.

Chuck Yim Gee
Dean Emeritus
School of Travel Industry Management
University of Hawaii-Manoa

Testimony by Judy Liu, Past President, Hawaii Chinese Association

Dear Chairman Yamane:

Asian communities in Hawaii would very much appreciate an official state observance of the Asian Lunar New Year. It is a centuries-old major cultural tradition that we celebrate every year with re-dedication, special foods and ceremonies. Your favorable consideration would be most appreciated.

Judy Liu
1114 Punahou St Ste 2B Honolulu HI 96826
Past President - Hawaii Chinese Association

Testimony in favor of HB 1103 and SB 247, Director, TIM International Inc - Alumni Association of UH School of Travel Industry Management

I strongly support HB 1103 and SB 247 and Observing the Asian Lunar New Year in Hawaii. Your favorable consideration would be most appreciated.

Laszlo Ravasz
1053 Maunanani Street
Honolulu, HI 96825

Testimony by Clyde G. Min, CHA, Vice President, Asset Management, Host Hotel and Resorts

Aloha Kalani,

Hawaii is a great place to be from and to yearn to return some day, because of our great cultural diversity and the cultural/social benchmark we set for the rest of our country. My career has given me the opportunity of living in many Asian countries and in several states on the Continent. I first learned and experienced my Chinese ancestry thru my “Apo” or maternal grandmother in Hawaii, but did not fully understand or appreciated what she gave us as celebration food items until I actually lived in Southeast Asia and experienced similar foods by the Chinese communities celebrating various festivals and especially Lunar new year. I was able to better learn and understand my Chinese ancestry and to now share that by celebrating the Lunar new year while I was living in Florida , Virginia , and now Maryland . We always gather friends together during that time of the year and celebrate! When I visit home I can now appreciate the shops in Chinatown Honolulu and be a better shopper of Asian food products, but I am also a better “neighbor” because I understand more of the cultures of Vietnam , Singapore , Hong Kong , Korea , Taiwan , etc. These are just some of the Asian cultures that celebrate the Luna New Year.

I hope to catch up with you again … perhaps in Hana…

All the best,

Clyde G. Min, CHA
Vice President, Asset Management
Host Hotels and Resorts
6903 Rockledge Drive, Suite 1500
Bethesda, MD 20817
T 240.744.5295
C 301.370.8432
F 240.744.5795 

Testimony in favor of HB 1103, Barbara Marumoto, Hawaii State House of Representative on March 6 2007


According to testimony there are about 100,000 people in Hawaii that celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year. That is why I support this measure and why I introduced a similar bill. For 3500 years Asian families have gathered for traditional ceremonies and cuisine, first in China, then in all of Asia and throughout the world.

Favorable testimony on this measure arrived from Johnson Choi of the China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong-Hawaii Chamber, as well as the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber.

It is well that we observe this important cultural holiday and a testament to the many Asian people who have worked to build a better Hawaii. From the Chinese who were one of the first immigrant groups brought over to work the sugar plantations to the more recent Southeast Asian ethnic immigrants, all have added to the rich tapestry that is contemporary Hawaii. We owe much to these vibrant, productive peoples, and this official observance of the Asian New Year is a great way to say "mahalo" to each and all of them.

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