Qian Li Ma

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    Early guests pouring in, entranced by the festive decor.

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    Erin Kaahea and Rich Lippman

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    Bobbi Beter and Richard Johnston

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    Carey Usher and Matt Okahata

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    Marcus Nakama and Noel Hakoda

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    Paul and Terry Kennedy

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    Paul and Christine Wang

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    Joanna Stallsmith and Lisa Rey

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    We may never know how our photographer, Shuzo Uemoto, managed to both shoot and pose in event photos.

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    First date or soul mates? A happy night for Autumn Garcia and Gabriel Diaz.

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    Marshall and Carolyn Ballou

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    Paola Grover, Shayden Glenn, Shansley Glenn, Shonna Glenn and Leslie Ashburn

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    Chow mein!

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    Koichi Fujino, Ayako Ichida, Tomoko Kobayashi and Izumi Okada

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    Au's Shaolin Arts raised everyone's spirits.

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    Jeff Zimmerman, Sandy Kirkoski and Ritabelle Fernandes

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    Special thanks to Hawaii's Chinese pageant queens, Sonya Ling, Jessica Cheng and Erica Li Thomas for adorning our evening with their sashes and smiles!

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    Lion Dance by Au's Shaolin Arts, offering a rare glimpse into the eye of the beast. 

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    Feeding time! Call it tradition or putting a downpayment on next year's good fortune – it's all in good fun.

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    Gerrie Craig and Isabel bid us all goodnight.

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    Daniel and Faviola Wells had a fun night, maybe too much fun for little Sophia – all tuckered out by all that culture!

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January 31, 2014 06:00pm-09:00pm
Honolulu Museum of Art

'Qian Li Ma' information

Celebrate the start of the year of the horse with art, food, and lion dances at ARTafterDARK: Qian Li Ma. Gallop into the lunar new year with the strength of a thousand-li horse!


Au's Shaolin Arts performs traditional lion dance and kung fu moves—like they did at the very first ARTafterDARK in 2004!

DJ Dana Kruse along with the Buddha Bar-style beats of DJ Patrick Park will be at the decks.


Feast your eyes on the clay work of Rochelle Lum.

Watch Chinese calligraphy instructor Tom Tong ply his brush strokes.


Savor festive new year bites by The Grove: Pork belly bao, kung pao chicken, and nian gao.

Sip the evening's specialty cocktail: New Beginning.


The event's decor will reflect feng shui's eight corners, which represent money, reputation, love, creativity, knowledge, career, helpful people and travel, and family and health. You'll find elements of wood, water, earth, and metal along with traditional feng shui colors.

• Money corner: To get to the Palm Courtyard you'll pass through luxurious velvet doors, representing luxury, to find lush greenery and quince cherry blossoms that symbolize new prosperity, and the colors red, purple and green.

• Reputation corner: At the top of the Luce Pavilion stairs you can start your year with good luck by walking down the red carpet leading to the Contemporary Gallery.

• Love corner: In a corner of the café, you'll find eight "lucky love" tables adorned with more pink and white quince cherry blossoms—jump start romance here!

• Creativity corner: Visit the White Sale in the Mediterranean Courtyard, where you can purchase arty items to spur creativity in 2014.

• Helpful People + Travel corner: The museum entrance will be draped in white, gray, and black.

• Career corner: Gray and black drapes and water in Central Courtyard promote work success.

• Knowledge corner: Exercise your brain and learn about your Year of the Horse luck in the Chinese Gallery, where astrology books and worksheets will help you navigate your sign and fortune.



Just a reminder—ARTafterDARKers can park in the following locations:

1) FREE: Street parking on Beretania and Kinau Street from 6pm.

2) $5: Up to five hours, $2 for each additional 30 minutes or fraction thereof. The lot behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St.), entrances on Beretania and Young streets. NOTE: lot closes promptly at 11pm.

3) $5 at the First United Methodist Church Parking Lot on the corner of Beretania and Victoria streets. NOTE: lot closes promptly at 10pm.