The belief is that when the lions dance they bring good luck, prosperity and happiness to every joyous occasion. And such was the case when the lions danced at Ko Olina to celebrate the arrival of Chinese New Year.
Some of you may know that this is The Year of the Dragon – he didn’t make it out to dance because he’s some 80-feet long and requires some 27 adults to bring him to life.
We were quite happy having a foursome of Lions come to life, thanks to the youth and adults who make up the Hawaiian Lion Dance Association.
Most of the dancers and musicians were young people being guided by adults, a refreshing demonstration of what wonderful things can happen when elders pass traditions on to the next generation.
Those of us who attended the dance presentation learned much about Chinese Culture and the role of the dance within it. . .culture and tradition, celebration and happiness – the new year was off to a great start.
With the beat of the drum. . .
The lions danced . . .
And then they rested. . .until the drum beat again brings them to life.
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