Year of the snake’s charmers

FIRST PHOTO: Kula sisters Sydney Sellona, 9, and Carissa Sellona, 2, show off their Chinese outfits to the crowd and contest judges Saturday. Today marks the beginning of the Chinese new year, the year of the snake.

SECOND PHOTO: Lion dancer Tammy Abrew, 10, of Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy collects a red envelope from Oahu’s Ruth Ancheta on Saturday during the Chinese New Year Festival at the Maui Mall in Kahului. Bringing up the rear of the lion is Tammy’s little sister Tina, 9. “It’s really fun, and when you get inside, you can do anything you want,” Tammy Abrew said.