“Kung Hei Fat Choy,” said Stacie Chiba-Miguel, real estate manager of the Kukui Grove Center.
The traditional Chinese greeting marks the start of the Chinese New Year when a Chinese lion makes its appearance and tour from 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Kukui Grove.
“We are very excited to kick off the new year with a traditional Lion Dance celebration,” Chiba said. “According to Chinese tradition, it is important to start the new year with luck and happiness. We are excited to invite the community to share the experience with us.”
The lion dance is a traditional Chinese dance performed on big occasions such as Chinese New Year for good luck because it is believed the lion is an auspicious animal.
The traditional Chinese Lion Dance will start at the mall entrance to Macy’s Women’s store and end at the center stage. The lion will make several stops at participating merchants throughout the performance and pictures with the lion are welcomed during this free family event.
January 28 is the Chinese New Year’s Day.
This year, 2017, is the Year of the Fire Rooster.