Kung hee fat choy celebration

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    The Chinese lion leads a sea of fans Friday during The Shops at Kukuiula Chinese New Year celebration.

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    Sharon Sahara ensures her lai see doesn’t get lost while Cathy Miyake waits her turn Friday during The Shops at Kukuiula Chinese New Year celebration.

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    A pair of associates from Deja Vu Surf Hawaii at The Shops at Kukuiula offer lai see to the Chinese lion Friday during The Shops’ Chinese New Year celebrations.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Lai see greet the Chinese lions Friday during The Shops at Kukuiula Chinese New Year celebrations.

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    Firecrackers waken the pair of Chinese lions into action Friday night during The Shops at Kukuiula Chinese New Year celebrations.

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    Stacie Chiba-Miguel, general manager of The Shops at Kukuiula, prepares the eight strings of firecrackers to launch The Shops at Kukuiula Chinese New Year celebration Friday evening.

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    Liliana Ki‘ilau shows off her colored Chinese lion from the Kauai Community and Family Education table Saturday during the Kukui Grove Center Chinese New Year celebration.

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    Salonga warms up with the erhu Saturday during the debut performance of Falling Down Romance at the Kukui Grove Center Chinese New Year celebration.

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    My Vem Dang and Cayden Nguyen watch the Chinese lions in their Oriental outfits Saturday at the Kukui Grove Chinese New Year celebrations.

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    Hina Bardago reacts following presenting lai see to the Chinese lion in her Chinese outfit Saturday during the Kukui Grove Center Chinese New Year celebrations.

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    A baby lion greets shoppers Saturday outside the Kauai Ocean Discovery center that opened last week at Kukui Grove Center during the center’s Chinese New Year festivities.

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    One of two Chinese lions reacts to the crowd outside the Macy’s store Saturday during the Kukui Grove Center Chinese New Year celebration.

“Eight” is a lucky number, said Stacie Chiba-Miguel, general manager for The Shops at Kukuiula, as she prepared eight strings of firecrackers for ignition at the Palm Court at The Shops at Kukuiula Friday.

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