Chinatown isn't the only place that will be celebrating Chinese New Year at the end of the month. In Hawaii, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and Waikiki Beach Walk will be hosting a traditional lion dance performances at several locations and a Chinese pole jumping performance by the Chinese Lion Dance Association at Waikiki Beach Walk.
The Chinese lion dance is a cultural tradition dating back several thousand years. It is believed that the lion dance serves as a symbol of protection, good luck, prosperity, health, longevity and blessings. This year, a lion dance performance will take place at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, and Waikiki Beach Walk.
The Chinese Pole Jumping performance team from the Chinese Lion Dance Association has become Hawaii’s ambassador to Hong Kong in the sport of pole jumping or “jong” lion dance. They have represented Hawaii in various international pole jumping lion dance tournaments in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 27. The schedule of events is:
4:00-5:30 PM - Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach – Traditional Lion Dance Performance
4:00-5:30 PM - Outrigger Reef on the Beach – Traditional Lion Dance Performance
6:00-8:30 PM - Waikiki Beach Walk – Traditional Lion Dance Performance and Chinese Pole Jumping