All Things Chinese
China is a huge country, and the Splendor of China (formerly Taste of China) reflects that, with more than twice as many exhibitors and events as last year
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Danny Meinecke, Josh Doll and Jason Patten stuff
their faces with char siu bao (manapua) at Hee
Learn to play mah jong and ping pong, enter a char siu bao (manapua) eating contest or simply enjoy a dramatic lion dance or a one-of-a-kind Chinese dog show - all at next weekend’s Splendor of China, A Cultural Festival at Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
“The event is part of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s Narcissus Festival, and the overall objective of the Narcissus Festival is to promote our rich cultural heritage,” says Ed Pei, executive vice president at First Hawaiian Bank who is serving as the event chairman. “We tried to design the event so it’s fun for the entire family. There will be lots of interesting exhibitors, both retailers and, of course, your requisite food booths. Also, there will be cultural and historical artifacts and displays. In addition, we planned so many fun activities.
Dan Garduque and Rick Livermore watch closely
as Henry Woo hits the ping pong ball back to them
There’s virtually continuous entertainment. And you can’t beat the price - just $2.”
About 200 exhibitors will be set up, featuring fashion and jewelry, fresh produce, souvenirs and ethnic food. There will also be demonstrations in martial arts, acupuncture, Chinese calligraphy, feng shui, Chinese folk dancing, and Chinese cooking by Chih Chieh Chang of Shanghai Bistro and Hong Kong Harbour View restaurants. Chang will be sharing the recipe for Shanghai Bistro’s most requested menu item - shrimp steak. There will also be a fashion show featuring designs by Hawaiian Moon, a magic show by Curtis Kam, keiki arts and crafts, an appearance by the 2005 Narcissus queen and court, and the first formal appearance of the contestants for the 2006 Narcissus Queen pageant.
“Also on display will be 120 photos from the Guangdong province,” adds Alvin Wong, Narcissus Festival chairman. “Guangdong happens to be a sister city for Honolulu, and this year they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary of that relationship.
Narcissus Queen Darah Dung poses with four
Chinese Crested dogs; a dog of the same breed
was named the world’s ugliest dog
“A large portion of the Chinese population here in Hawaii are actually from that area, so this is an opportunity for them to really connect with their roots.”
There will also be a Chinese dog show featuring nine different breeds of canines. And attendees are invited to take part in a ping pong tournament and a mah jong exhibition.
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