Chinese New Year, 1929.

THESE ARE THE NEW YEAR DAYS OF THE FLOWER PEOPLE¹ OF CHINA

Just as usual with the Chinese people, they will again this year, celebrate their one important day of the year known by them as the Konohi day.

These past years however, they have split up and some of them celebrate the day we celebrate, that being the 1st of January, while some celebrate their day from ancient times. It is a day when some of our people go quickly about celebrating the konohi at houses of the Chinese, and they are a welcoming people to those who visit their homes on that day.

There is but one humbug thing about that day, that is they do not sleep that night and wake up everyone with their sounding off fireworks from night to day, and it is bad for those who have to go work the next day.

¹China is referred to in Hawaiian as the “Aina Pua,” or the “Flower Land.”

(Alakai o Hawaii, 2/14/1929, p. 2)

O NA LA KONOHI KEIA O KA LAHUI PUA O KINA

Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 1, Helu 42, Aoao 2. Pepeluali 14, 1929.

恭喜發財!1876.

The sound of the firecrackers of the Chinese was deafening. and Ulakoheo was festive with the din of the sound of the corrugated iron [? pa piula] of their Band. When you look, their ears are enjoying the joyous strains of the instruments that sound like the squeal of the block of the ship Kilauea, when it encounters sudden gusts of winds outside of Mahukona and those places. The Chinese New Year [konohi] yesterday was a day of much fun for them, and they are wishing a happy new year these days.

(Lahui Hawaii, 1/27/1876, p. 3)

Wawalo paiakuli ka leo...

Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 5, Aoao 3. Ianuari 27, 1876.