Twelfth Annual Maui Chinese New Year Festival Today at Maui Mall in Kahului

Chinese New Year festival on Maui!

Excerpt from: KHON2.com

The Twelfth Annual Maui Chinese New Year Festival, sponsored in part by the County of Maui, will be held this year on Saturday, February 05, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Maui Mall in Kahului.

There will be Chinese food booths, Chinese arts and crafts, local produce, calligraphy, and leather brush artistry. Mayor Alan Arakawa will open the festivities at 10:00 a.m. Lion Dancers and firecracker blessings will follow immediately thereafter, and be repeated at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Event festivities include a Keiki Chinese Costume Contest for girls and boys twelve years and younger. There will be a Tai Chi demonstration, Kung Fu demonstration, Chinese cooking demonstration, and Chinese dancers. There will also be Good Luck photos for the kids, Rabbit crafts, and a Children’s Art Contest exhibit.

KUNG HEE FAT CHOY! TIM FOOK TIM SAU! MAN SAI PENG ON!

The Year of the RABBIT, also known as the Yin Metal Rabbit, 4709 on the Chinese Lunar calendar, begins with the new moon at midnight, between Wednesday, February 2, 2011, and Thursday, February 3, 2011. Other Rabbit Years are 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1999.

XIANG NIAN KUAI LE! GONG XI FA CAI!