Celebrate Chinese Festivals In Lahaina
February 23, 2018 - April 7, 2018
Lahaina Restoration Foundation has scheduled 2018 dates for its four Chinese Festivals. These cultural showcases bring the community and visitors together to celebrate Lahaina’s Chinese heritage and the global connections that Maui has to offer.
Friday, February 23 from 5 pm to 9 pm – Chinese New Year Celebration
Ring in the lunar new year in Lahaina during this free community celebration, featuring Chinese lion dancing with drums, cymbals and firecrackers at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street. After firecrackers are lit, the lions dance down Front Street, stopping in shops and restaurants. Throughout the day and evening, enjoy cultural art activities, like calligraphy, knot tying and kids’ crafts. Presentations about Chinese New Year history and the fortune-telling arts will be held in the Cookhouse. There will be martial arts demonstrations and instrumental performances along with Chinese tea served in the garden. It’s fun for the whole family to celebrate the Year of the Dog!
Friday & Saturday, April 6 & 7 from 5 pm to 9 pm & 9 am to 2 pm– Chinese Kite Festival
Celebrate the wide world of kites and national kite month in Lahaina during this annual family fun event! On Friday evening at Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street, check out displays of ancient and modern kites from around the world; kites are available for purchase. Enjoy presentations on Ancient Chinese Kites and Sport Kites, then join a community kite making project. There are hands-on craft activities for kids, like kite making, and Chinese food available for sale. Go fly a kite on Saturday at the Lahaina Recreation Center field on Honoapi‘ilani Hwy. Kids can design and make a kite and teens can make free-form kite structures. At 11 am, the community’s Chinese serpent kite will take to the air in a kite flying demo. The sky becomes a canvas with colorful kites in all shapes. Bring your own kite to fly and get tips from the pros until 2 pm. Free admission to all events.
Saturday, September 30 – Chinese Moon Festival
We pay tribute to the island’s harvest of locally grown produce as well as honored traditions from China. View displays of lanterns and offerings to the moon goddess at Wo Hing Museum on Front Street. Kids can enjoy making paper lanterns. People of all ages can explore cultural activities, listen to traditional music, and watch Chinese cooking demos. Chinese moon cakes are available for sale.
Sun Yat-sen Festival – Not Yet Scheduled
We honor the life and achievements of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as The Father of Modern China. The celebration includes film tributes and displays depicting the life of Sun Yat-sen from Maui to China at Wo Hing Museum on Front Street. Try Chinese martial arts, printmaking and cultural activities. Listen to Chinese traditional music while sampling Cantonese food and Chinese teas.
Admission is free to each event.
Photo: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
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