Lion dancers from the Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy begin the celebration at 10 a.m. with a colorful display of stylized martial arts movements as the lion delivers blessings accompanied by drums and cymbals to ward off “evil spirits.”
Mistress of Ceremonies Alaka‘i Paleka invites everyone to join in and “feed” the lion lay see and dollar bills for good luck in the coming year.
The Keiki Chinese Attire Contest offers opportunities for prizes and free good luck photos for costumed kids. Keiki not in costume may purchase good luck photos provided by Photography by Irvin with an authentic lion head from the Maui Chinese Cultural Society collection at a cost of $8.88 per photo.
Feed the lion for good fortune in the Year of the Tiger. Feed the lion lay see and dollar bills at Maui Mall on Saturday, Feb. 20, for good luck in the coming year.
Chef Dean Louie from the Maui Community College Culinary Arts Academy will demonstrate Chinese cooking techniques at 11:45 a.m. Lucky attendees will have a chance to taste delicious samples.
Pick up lunch at the food booths and sit and enjoy a variety of entertainment including the Kalimaya Ribbon Dancers, and authentic Chinese music by Loretta Lau and Ranga Pae.
Don’t miss the tiger and animal balloons, food and craft booths, kung fu, tai chi and calligraphy demonstrations, and much more. Free, reusable Whole Foods bags will be given to the first 500 participants.