Late To Da Pah-Tay Again

January 27th, 2009
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Seriously, anybody NOT go into Chinatown for da Kung Hee Fat Choy celebrations? :lol:

Uncle Rodney from Midlife Crisis, Les (Leslie Kawamoto) from Island Tails and Kelli-Girl from Campus Life 101 were just a few that were there. If I knew we were all going to be there we should of have just thrown anoddah blog pah-tay no?  :razz:   They already all blogged about and of course I stay late (scooped).... maybe cause I thought today was Kung Hee Fat Choy :shock: .... nah, cause I stay on Hawaiian time! :grin:

Check out all three of their Kung Hee Fat Choy blogs for their awesome pics and Kelli-Girl stepped it up - cause she got hookups from tech friends - and added some video.... something I'm still tryin' fo' do with all my Disneyland, Six Flags and Ziplining rides. :roll:

Truth be told I normally don't attend any of da festivities but since Da Wife's company was involved in da parade, I decided to stick around and check it out.

Of course, dis is WWD! so I get one mo'olelo fo' share about da parade.

My mother-in-law, her boyfriend, an uncle and aunty showed up for da parade and got some choice seats on da corner of Hotel and Nuuanu.

Looking down Hotel St - Ewa side

So we're sitting there and the parade hasn't started yet and of course just get some people (kids) cruising on da street. Well, so am I... but I da paparazzi so I get excuse. :lol:

Da parade starts with a police escort coming down and people inch their way back to da sidewalk and for those who didn't was told by an usher to remain behind the gutter line. You can see da line in da pic above wea most of da feet stay as you sit. So of course people try to squeeze back in.

We already get choice seats so we not worried until a huge group in da Diamond Head side starts to creep back out to da street. In fact, they were actually standing in da parade route! They stand there oblivious to not only da parade participants but da people behind them sitting along da sidewalk (see pic above). We (they) couldn't see anything until da participants were literally right in front of us.

Wassap Wit Dat!

I figgah aftah a couple of lions pass through they'd get da hint fo' back off or actually have da sense dat da participants were going AROUND them they'd catch da hint.

Nope.

So I go up to da group starting from da back and tell them dat they're supposed to be behind da line and dat ALLLLL da people behind them no can see.

The initial group started to move back until I hit one lady with attitude.

"Wat? We no can see either. They stay doing it up there. Everybody's doing it."

"Terrific attitude lady."

I should have told her dat they also robbed a bank earlier and it was her turn. :mad:

But I bit my tongue cause mo' worse, she had one keiki. Sad. Now her own keiki going get da idea dat it's ok to be ignorant just because everyone else is.

And you see da two keiki sticking out in da road? No parents to be seen. No parents fo' tell them they stay in da middle of da road and they in da way.  

Ai-goo. No can win. :roll:

Without further ado, hea's some of da pics from da parade.

 

Store front owners had their tables set up in anticipation of da hungry crowds. I just took da pic cause I liked da shadow and light.   :roll:

 

It was hot so many varieties of ice cold drinks were available

 

Wat's Chinatown without food.........

 

And trinkets!  :grin:  

 

Uncle Rodney had mentioned it was crowded at night... nothing different in da afternoon

 

Can't start da parade without Mayor Mufi dressed in a Chinese silk shirt

 

And of course wat's a parade without The Royal Hawaiian Band!

 

Even Ronald McDonald was in da house!

 

Did I mention dat ALL of da Dung's were there?  

 

 

And you know if I evah get a shaka... chances are you going be on WWD! Double shaka? Garans-ballbarens!  :wink:  

 

There were big lions.......

 

Little lions.......

 

And even little'r lions!  Oh my!

 

They came a lookin' for anyone asking for good luck

 

A haole family from da mainland next to us obliged

 

Havin' some fun!

 

Now DAT is wat it's all about! Passing it down generation to generation.

 

Do you see da fire in it's eyes?!   :lol:

 

Feed me!

 

Yikes! Who let da lions out?

 

Dis kid was hustlin'!

 

Dis pic is for all da WWODD! peeps in da house... make of it as you will. :lol:  

 

Not sure if you evah seen dis building on da corner of Hotel and Nuuanu (I believe it stretches down to King) but dis is da first time I've noticed da emblems on top represent all 12 of da Chinese Zodiac characters. Click da link below to see it a bit closer.

 

CLICK HEA' FO MORE PARADE PICS!

 

k-den

 

 

 

24 Responses to “Late To Da Pah-Tay Again”

  1. BananaFysh:

    I like be first!

    Nice pics BL! Thanks for including the picasa link, so I can check um out at work. :D

    Much appreciated. :D


  2. Coconut Willy:

    Hey, dats my kids, What the..? Nah, I actually stayed away from Chinatown this weekend. The closest I got was Pali Longs and Safeway on Saturday. Could tell the traffic wuz nuts downtown. Good ting cause I no like crowds. I might have stepped on some Dung or ran into a Bully.


  3. kako mochi:

    i was there! late saturday night . . . we had dinner pretty early @ kochi & watched most of the fights there! by the time we got down to C.town we missed almost everything! LOL . . . we ended up at bar35 for some (more!) drinks and chillin', that was cool :)


  4. roach:

    BL,

    Still can't see your pictures but we haven't gone to Chinatown for the New Year's celebration for years. Why ? Too many people (especially in the Cultural Plaza) and its hard to find street parking (don't like parking structures that smell of urine). Call me a grump but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


  5. alidoki:

    it's sad to see that crowds will always have those dumb people who think they're above everyone.. =(

    thanks for the pics! it makes me proud to be chinese... to see all the different chinese societies and how everyone is a part of the festivities.


  6. acuradriver02:

    BL,

    Long time no chat. Guess we all have to work once in awhile, no?

    We didn't go to Chinatown on Saturday, but did make it down there on Sunday. Have to admit, first time I actually walked around in Chinatown. It was an eye-opening experience for my daughter - she especially tripped out at the some of the sights at the various meat markets.

    I sympathize with you on those VERY inconsiderate people. We had similar incident when we went to Disneyland few years back. We found a good spot, right in front, to watch the nightly firework show over the castle. Anyways, we staked out our spot for TWO HOURS because we figure it would be a nice spot for the 5 kids to watch the fireworks. Then just as the show begins, all these ADULTS (who should know better) barge in and stand right in front of us. Not so bad if the adults can't see the show, but the kids waited patiently for TWO HOURS. We asked them to move, but they just shrugged their shoulder, like whatevers. We could've stood up too, but then people behind wouldn't be able to see. We really didn't want to be as inconsiderate as the other people were. I'm just proud of the kids, that they didn't sit there and whine about it.


  7. M:

    BL, you was dea early! When we got dea, I tink da parade was moa dan half way pau already. Soooo crowded was hard to walk and lots of fuud everywhere. You had some great pictures!


  8. BananaFysh:

    I'm assuming that the donkeys you're referring to are pics 52 and 53 in the picasa album? WWD! No can. No class some people, I tell you. :x

    What's up with this "Ainokea" attitude, and the "It's all about me" mindset?

    So clueless, some people. :evil:


  9. GA Bows:

    Mahalo for the pics BL. . .

    I can show da wife some culture and experience of growing up in Hawaii is like instead of just telling her.


  10. Braddah Lance:

    BananaFysh:
    I like be first!

    Your wish is granted! :grin:

    Nice pics BL! Thanks for including the picasa link, so I can check um out at work.

    No problemo! Plus I no think they like me post 300 pictuahs on da blog! :shock:
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    Coconut Willy:
    Good ting cause I no like crowds. I might have stepped on some Dung or ran into a Bully.

    Ouch :eek:
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    kako mochi:
    i was there! late saturday night . .

    Fo' drink right? Jus' so happened you guys was in da area. :lol:
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    roach:
    Still can’t see your pictures but we haven’t gone to Chinatown for the New Year’s celebration for years.

    Also get da link if you like check 'em out dat way... but no mo' da "narratives". :wink:

    ....and its hard to find street parking (don’t like parking structures that smell of urine).

    I know! I parked at da municipal lot on Nimitz and peee-yewww! I lucked out dat I parked in one stall, didn't like it and found a less "smelly" stall and had bonus! Not dat kine bonus.... da meter was torn off so nevah need pay! :grin:
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    alidoki:
    it’s sad to see that crowds will always have those dumb people who think they’re above everyone.. =(

    I no can understand either. I wondah if I stood right in front of "them" wat would they say yeah?

    thanks for the pics! it makes me proud to be chinese… to see all the different chinese societies and how everyone is a part of the festivities.

    btw, E Komo Mai to WWD! although I think you may have posted once before. Well, E Komo Mai again!

    And yeah, I was quite surprised at ALL da societies coming out and more impressed dat they were embraced by ALL cultures. The coolest was seeing da Chinatown business' band together and put on a good show!
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    acuradriver02:
    Long time no chat. Guess we all have to work once in awhile, no?

    :grin:

    We didn’t go to Chinatown on Saturday, but did make it down there on Sunday. Have to admit, first time I actually walked around in Chinatown. It was an eye-opening experience for my daughter - she especially tripped out at the some of the sights at the various meat markets.

    If you evah get a chance you should take her walking around in da weekday before lunch! Her eyeballs would fall out of her head. :lol: It's a whole different feel.

    We had similar incident when we went to Disneyland few years back.

    At Disneyland?! Da happiest place on Earth? You should have told your keiki "accidently" spill some soda on their legs. :wink:
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    M:
    BL, you was dea early! When we got dea, I tink da parade was moa dan half way pau already.

    I kinda was surprised how long da parade actually was.
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    BananaFysh:
    So clueless, some people.

    And dat's da story they're sticking with. :roll:
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    GA Bows:
    I can show da wife some culture and experience of growing up in Hawaii is like instead of just telling her.

    Maybe she just wants a plane ticket hea'. :wink: :grin:


  11. KAN:

    Eh, is it just me, or does Ronald look Chinese?

    Ju'like in Japan, wen you see statutes of Colonel Sanders, he looks Japanee. Fo' real. I no kid you.


  12. Kelli:

    Haha! No worries, BL. If it wasn't for my sister's boyfriend, there would be no hi-tech video at all. He does this stuff for fun. I HAD to learn in for journalism class and never really got the hang of it. Anyway, that's a whole lot of lions, huh? The more the merrier? I missed the parade, so good thing you got the pics. Looks like there was more food set up during the parade time than at night. I had trouble finding actual Chinese food and ended up with a BBQ chicken stick. WWD!


  13. kako mochi:

    bl - no! we really were planning to go for all the new years festivities!! but we got caught up w/the fights @ kochi . . . we did catch a fire performance thing and a lion dance on those high poles!

    we needed to get all the positive chi flowing through us for the new year . . . so we made sure to show face!


  14. JuSaMee:

    looked cool, but i don't like crowds either!! i give you credit for going up to that crowd of peeps...what if someone kung fu'd you?? lol!!


  15. B:

    mahalos fo da pics. wow, chinatown wuz pumpin, nice parade too. I neva know Muf was chinese.
    rude those kine peoples. funny kine wen get parade, everybody gotta look "down" as da parade comes. be patient da ting going pass your nose. das why get all nutz. no moa patience.
    all da new years pahtay stuffs pau, so now we hope da year is one good one.


  16. Braddah Lance:

    KAN:
    Eh, is it just me, or does Ronald look Chinese?

    Maybe it's all da red he wearin' but he looks like.... Ronald to me. :grin:
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    Kelli:
    I had trouble finding actual Chinese food and ended up with a BBQ chicken stick. WWD!

    :shock: Heh? Now dat's too funny! :lol:
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    kako mochi:
    . . . we did catch a fire performance thing and a lion dance on those high poles!

    Your surah wasn't da "buzz"? :lol:

    we needed to get all the positive chi flowing through us for the new year . . . so we made sure to show face!

    :mrgreen: Drunk face :mrgreen: jus' teasin'. :grin:
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    JuSaMee:
    looked cool, but i don’t like crowds either!! i give you credit for going up to that crowd of peeps…what if someone kung fu’d you?? lol!!

    I kung fu 'em right back! Jus' joke! Had po-po nearby... and I'm pretty surah I could have ran fastah than them. :wink:
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    B:
    mahalos fo da pics. wow, chinatown wuz pumpin, nice parade too. I neva know Muf was chinese.

    I know. I was surprised fo' see him there. And even mo' surprised he was wearing da Chinese silk shirt. Now only if he had dat beenie hat thingy. :grin:


  17. Rod's Big Bro:

    Braddah Lance,
    Gotta give those 3 ladies with da cho sam credit walking the parade with those high heels, going need good foot massage after that walk. Used to give my ex foot massage, but she would fall asleep, WWD.

    With all da people there I neva run into anyone I knew, but it was fun except when da parade was ova and they had grid lock at the intersection. Had my gin dui (coconut) and picked up some Fung Shui stuff for me, now gotta find some thing to help get someone to share this year with me, da year of the Earth Ox (1949).

    BF, Au's Shaolin is going to be on Maui this week, so you can get your Kung Hee Fat Choi fix. My daughter and grandson's will be with them as they relocated to Maui, but #1 Grandson took lessons at the school.

    Okay, laters, gotta get some Kim Chee Stew from Willow tree for dinner, freezing my butt here in Kailua.


  18. Ynaku:

    Wat no can see. Da udda people stay doing the same thing.

    So wat, if they jump in da fire you going jump too?

    Aigoo some people. Going get li'dat no matta wea we go. Even in Hilo.

    Oh well, main thing the family enjoyed it (Mother in law and boyfriend :?:

    Thanks for sharing. You get more pics den the other peeps combines so no shame.


  19. anklebiters:

    BL:

    Where are all of the Corvette pictures, never mind the CNY parade pictures...priorities priorities :lol:

    I would never let anyone stand like that in mines...she's standing on the center console or straddling it and sitting on the halo...not to thrilled with the red painted rims...but to each their own :!:

    Hey, a cop driving an SS Camaro....not too many cars out there that can outrun an LS-1 in stock form.

    I had a Polo Green like that convertible...another Zaino shine :?:

    At least the yellow convertible has a place to stand on...rear storage compartment behind the seats.

    Why would anyone do that to their yellow Z06.... :shock:


  20. 2B:

    How's you, get the double shakas from da mayor. You muss be somebody eh?

    Yah, the Hawaii Ronald is one big Chinese dude.


  21. Tankobu:

    Braddah Lance, big mahalos for sharing your slideshow! Man, you took uku plenty pictures. Awesome job! Dat was one long parade.

    On one cultural note, it's great to see da young generation carrying on their traditions!!

    I must confess, I flashed back to my da kine days seeing the Hotel St. remnants of Club Hubba Hubba. :oops:


  22. Jay Higa:

    I ditto the comments - great photos BL. I didn't see any gao? That's the best thing about Chinese New Year.


  23. NKHEA:

    Howzit BL :)

    Sorry neva even get chance for check-in yesterday :( so busy at work ;)

    Tanks again for da pics :) waz dea but neva really walk around to much :(

    Lata's :) time fo go work :D


  24. opso:

    wow.....choke pix! you getting fo be quite da shutterbug dea eh BL? :D

    ho......get planny of dem lion dance clubs yeah?

    dat Kacie Pang is awright! look like she stay yucking it up wit da crowd wit all da shakas. not just doing da kine regal waves like da rest of da court.

    sheesh......a lot of da pix wea you stay looking left get da kid in da brown striped shirt standing on da road. aigoo.... wea da parents! :x