Waikiki Beach celebrates Chinese New Year

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Waikiki Beach Walk and Island
Jewelry invite the general public to ring in the Chinese New Year in Waikiki with 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.

In Hawaii, the traditional Chinese lion dance
has become a staple in many island celebrations and special occasions,
including weddings, first birthday celebrations, graduations, and so on. 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. 

WHEN: January 27,
2012 Scheduled times vary by venue

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

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