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Lahaina Town to usher in the Year of the Horse

By Staff | Feb 6, 2014

The lion dance will begin at 5 p.m. at the Wo Hing Museum. Lai see envelopes will be passed out, so everyone can feed the lions for good luck. PHOTO BY DEE COYLE.

LAHAINA – Lahaina’s annual tradition of celebrating Chinese New Year on Front Street will take place on Friday, Feb. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Wo Hing Museum.

The lions will dance down Front Street’s sidewalks at 5:30 p.m., with festivities continuing at the Wo Hing Museum until 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the Wo Hing Museum, Cookhouse and grounds will be free all day.

Join Dr. Busaba Yip Douglas in the Wo Hing Museum Cookhouse at 2 p.m. to hear the story of Chinese New Year.

She will be followed by special guest Dennis Ryan, who will present the last installment of his coin collection series with the talk “From 1912 Revolution & Founding of Republic to 1949 Establishment of the People’s Republic.” His ancient coins will be on display in the museum.

Brenda Wong will demonstrate the art of Chinese knot tying for those who want to give it a try.

Hon Zhou will perform music on a traditional Chinese stringed instrument, the erhu, from 4 to 5 p.m., then Rev. Gensho Hara of Lahaina Jodo Mission will demonstrate Chinese calligraphy until 6 p.m.

Traditional Chinese New Year food will be sold by Fu Lin Restaurant beginning at 5 p.m. Hands-on children’s Chinese crafts will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m.

Au’s Shaolin Arts Society will perform the New Year blessing, Kung Fu demonstrations and lion dance beginning at 5 p.m. at the Wo Hing Museum.

Lai see envelopes will be passed out, so everyone can feed the lions for good luck. Once firecrackers are lit on the lawn of the museum, the lions will dance down Front Street, stopping at businesses along the way.

The Wo Hing Museum will feature a new exhibit titled “Ancient Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to Eastern Han Dynasty.”

Ryan, who has wintered in Lahaina since 1999, loaned 19 jade artifacts from his prized collection to the museum for two years. The oldest piece dates from 3800 B.C.E., Hong Shan, and the most recent is from the Eastern Han Dynasty, 30-220 A.D. Many of the intricately carved artifacts were funerary objects from nobles’s tombs.

The Year of the Horse Chinese New Year Celebration on Front Street is sponsored and coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, LahainaTown Action Committee and the Wo Hing Society.

For more information, visit www.lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262.