Happy 4709 on the Chinese calendar! A new Year of the Dragon began on Monday, and the lion dancers of Au's Shaolin Arts Society will mark the occasion at spots all around the island through Sunday.
"The whole world is in awe of the Dragon," says Au's Shaolin Arts Society director Ben Seng Au.
"This year, the Year of the Dragon, look for the opportunity to do good things for those you care about and on occasion, for those you might not know as well. Be benevolent like the Dragon and the heavens will reward you for being true to your innate nature of being a citizen of the universe."
Au’s Shaolin Arts Society lion dancers will make their annual visit to Makawao at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Maui News / RICK CHATENEVER photo
Not to mention, everyone always has a great time when the lions come to town, accompanied by the pulse-quickening drumming, firecrackers and the exciting moments of their martial arts training.
Here's the schedule of lion dance appearances today through Sunday.
8 a.m. - Kamehameha Schools Maui
10 a.m. - Makawao Elementary School
11:15 a.m. - Long's Pukalani
12:45 p.m. - Kula Elementary School
1 p.m. - Pomaikai Elementary School
3 p.m. - Ka'anapali Shores
6:30 p.m. - Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Shores Villa I
7:15 p.m. - Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Shores Villa II
8:30 a.m. - Island Lock & Safe
9 a.m. - Maui County Building
9:30 a.m. - Princess Nahienaena Elementary School
10:30 a.m. - Napili Plaza
12:30 p.m. - Ma'alaea Harbor Shops
12:30 p.m. - Papakea Resort
2:30 p.m. - Aloha Mixed Plate
2:30 p.m. - Maui Marriott
4 p.m. - Westin Maui
5 p.m. - Front Street
8 p.m. - Star Noodle
10 a.m. - Makawao Town
11:15 - Longs Kihei
12:30 - Cycle City Maui
2 p.m. - Lahaina Cannery Mall
7 p.m. - Makena Beach and Golf Resort
7 p.m. - Topaz-Dolphin Plaza Mall
9 a.m. - Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
11 a.m. - Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
2 p.m.- Queen Ka'ahumanu Center
7:30 p.m. - Old Wailuku Inn
7:45 p.m. - Dragon Dragon Restaurant - Maui Chinese Association.