Year of the Rabbit starts off with a roar at Piilani Village Shopping Center
As custom dictates, a colorfully acrobatic Lion Dance will usher in Chinese New Year at the Piilani Village Shopping Center on Saturday, February 5th. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2011 is expected to be a peaceful year, very much welcomed after the “ferocious” Year of the Tiger.
The popular Ben Seng Au lion dancers are scheduled to begin the celebration in the Center’s food court area at 5 p.m., making their way to each participating merchant to offer good luck blessings. The accompanying sound of drums and cymbals are believed to help ward off evil spirits. Spectators are also welcome to “feed the lion” to assure good fortune during the upcoming year.
Ben Seng Au is a Shaolin martial arts master and director of Au’s Shaolin Arts Society. The group’s kung fu skills require mental, as well as physical strength and stamina.
Piilani Village is located just off Piilani Highway, in the heart of downtown Kihei. It features a wide range of retail, medical, financial and dining establishments including the new Ruby Tuesday restaurant, opening soon.
(Posted by Wendy Osher, Information Courtesy Yuki Lei Sugimura)