Giant lion heads, brightly coloured parades and a tropical island - no we're not dreaming: Welcome to Chinese New Year on Maui.
- When? 16 February 2017
- Where? Various locations, Maui, Hawaii.
- Price: Free
Nope, we haven't lost the geographical plot - we know Maui is in Hawaii, not China. So why then, is Chinese New Year celebrated with such energy on this island - the second largest in the Hawaiian archipelago? It is in fact all down to its large Chinese population, who know how to throw a party and, without fail, host one of the state's most popular celebrations every January.
The biggest symbol of Chinese New year on Maui is the procession of the giant colorful lion head, who takes to streets in various villages and towns to perform the traditional Chinese New Year dance. Moving all over the island, the parade, headed by the 'lion,' is accompanied by drums and brightly attired attendees. Many restaurants and bars also host special New Year menus or feasts while Kung Fu demonstrations are also frequently staged.
If you're mourning the passing of the western festive season and happen to be in Hawaii (poor you) then head to Maui for a sense of celebration in a home-away-from-home. Sure, it might not pack as much of a punch as it does in China, but then that's part of the magic of this petite yet inclusive event.
- Get there: Fly into Kahului Airport (OGG) and ask around to find out where the lion will be parading.
- Stay: We recommend staying somewhere like Kahului so you won't have far to travel from the airport.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!