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A Dog Lover’s Guide to Year of the Dog in Hawaii

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival is celebrated at the start of the Lunar Year, and is China's biggest and most important holiday.  In Hawaii, due to the many generations of Chinese who have made their home in our Aloha State Chinese New Year Celebrations are of great importance as well! Good Luck charms can be seen in homes and businesses everywhere, special good luck food is served at restaurants and shops, and Chinese New Year events take place all around the island, nowhere more than our thriving Chinatown in Downtown Honolulu.

-Chinese New Year 2017 – Chinese Cultural Plaza-

Chinese New Year has been associated with the Chinese Zodiac for centuries, and each year one of 12 animals is celebrated. The 12 animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Image via 123newyear.com

This year Chinese New Year is on February 16, and 2018 is Year of the Dog! Here at Hawaii Doggie Bakery, we couldn’t be more thrilled about this special year and we’ve been obsessed with finding all the different ways to celebrate. We know our dog-loving customers are feeling the same way, so to help you out, we’ve compiled our Dog Lover’s Guide to Year of the Dog in Hawaii!

 Year of the Dog Events

Bolded listings indicate dog-friendly events!

Year of the Dog Pop Up Shops: Lucky Knots Hawaii Doggie Bakery

Saturday, February 3

10am – 2pm

SALT Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 3


Night in Chinatown - CANCELLED

For more information on the cancellation, click here

Saturday, February 10

10am – 10pm

L&L Dog Costume Contest

Saturday, February 10


Art + Flea Chinese New Year

Friday, February 16

5pm - 9pm

The Public Pet - Year of The Dog Pop Up with Maipup and Pia & Michio

Nordstrom Ala Moana

February 16

Hawaii Doggie Bakery Pop Up

Nordstrom Ala Moana

February 17

12pm - 5pm

Royal Hawaiian Center

Year of the Dog Parade

February 17,


Year of the Dog Products

Hawaii Doggie Bakery Treats

Good Luck Lai See for Dogs

Growlin' Doggie Gau

Life on Paws

Chinese New Year Dog Bandanas

Hawaii Fi-Do

Special 2018 Year of the Dog Totes & T-shirts to benefit Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs!

Chinese New Year is soon and we’re celebrating the new year with our Year of the Dog “Paws Up for Service” t-shirts and canvas market tote bags! We are selling them for $25 in men’s (sizes M-XXL) and women’s (sizes S-XL) cut shirts. The totes are $30. Shipping is $5 or free shipping for orders over $100. Please indicate what size and style you want. You can place your orders through our PayPal (link in bio). Honolulu-born, LA-based graphic designer Summer Shigetani @seasons109 created this design. She was inspired by the Maneki-neko, a Japanese figurine that “waves” in good luck! Celebrate the Year of the Dog with us! You’ll have to wait another 12 years to celebrate again! All proceeds go to Hawaii Fi-Do.

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Hungry Ear + The Public Pet +Stamps by Sachi

Year of the Dog Shave Ice Stickers - available February 3 at Hungry Ear in Kaka'ako

Lucky Knots

The Lucky Knots family creates Burmese Jadeite charms, pendants, jewelery & so much more! Contact: luckyknots[at]gmail.com

Chinatown Honolulu, Hawaii

Take a walk through Chinatown and you'll find so many Year of the Dog Products for Chinese New Year. From toys to Home Decor items, t-shirts to calendars, there's plenty to find! Hawaii Doggie Bakery Tip: Maunakea Street is a good one for lots of finds!

DFS All Locations

Celebrate the year of the dog with T Galleria & DFS! Only for LOYAL T members, receive a pack of limited edition red packets upon a purchase of US$100 or more. In-store activities include ‘DFS Game’, a Pokémon Go-inspired game featuring the DFS Lunar New Year dog character Lolo, who will lead customers to ‘catch’ incentives, experiences or blessings in-store. (for more info click here)

L&L BBQ Year of the Dog Calendar

Available at all L&L Locations, while supplies last

Louis Vuitton Lunar New Year Collection

(for more info click here)

USPS - Year of the Dog Forever Stamps

Click here to learn more


Home decor items --

Plush Dog and Tabletop tinsel spray as shown in picture

Year of the Dog Contests

Royal Hawaiian Center

Year of the Dog Instagram Contest
Rocky's Year of the Dog Prize Giveaway

Since the #YearoftheDog comes around only once every twelve years (and I’m already nine), Haley and I are celebrating the Chinese lunar new year by giving away prizes to ten randomly drawn winners! Here are the prizes ... swipe ⬅️ to see details: 🌺 2018 calendars with beautiful dog paintings by @msworiginalart featuring monthly motivations and yours truly on the cover (two winners) 🌺 A sheet containing twelve @USPostalService Forever stamps celebrating the Year of the Dog (two winners) 🌺 A #laisee lucky money envelope containing an ounce of dog cookie coins created just for dogs by @hawaiidoggiebakery (six winners) To enter, simply follow our page and do any of the following: 🐶 Comment below on how you plan to pamper your pooch during the Year of the Dog, inquiring dog minds wanna know (each comment is one entry) 🐶 Tag someone who may want to join in (each tag is one entry) 🐶 Post a pic on your own page related to the Year of the Dog theme and use the hashtag #RockysYearoftheDog ... your account must be public so that we can see (each post is three entries) Contest ends on Sunday February 4th at 7 pm Hawaii Standard Time (midnight for you East Coasters in the USA) so that we can mail out prizes in time to reach the winners by February 16 (the lunar start day). Does this sound like a fun way to start ‘our’ special year? Yes, we’re gonna milk our mom for all she’s worth throughout the whole Year of the Dog 😂 good luck, everyone! ———————— This giveaway drawing is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

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@lavadogs808 Chinese New Year IG Giveaway

CONTEST! TWO WINNERS! To celebrate the Chinese New Year #yearofthedog, we are giving away TWO copies of the 2018 Paws in Paradise calendar, featuring some of our #dogsofhawaii pals! To enter, all you have to do is: 🏮Follow us @lavadogs808 🏮Like this photo 🏮Tag a dog lover Will ship anywhere in the US only. Deadline to enter is Friday, Feb. 9th at 8 pm Hawaii Time. Photos taken by the amazing @keripetphotography and features @alohapups @louie_englishbully @thingsonkobe @hawaiidoggiebakery @thefirefoxgirls @makadabrat @lilyshawaiianbucketlist Please note as per Instagram rules, that this giveaway is no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. Mahalo and good luck!

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Honolulu Cookie Company Year of the Dog Giveaway

L&L Dog Costume Contest

Saturday, February 10