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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

First photo: Lahaina’s Kaeo Shaw feeds a red envelope with money enclosed to a lion dancer while startled son Nahiku Shaw, 2, retreats into mom Iwa Shaw’s arms during Saturday’s Chinese New Year Celebration at Maui Mall in Kahului. Along with the traditional lion dance, the event celebrating the Year of the Rat also featured Chinese cultural exhibits, art contest, dancing, music, food, martial arts and a cooking demonstration.

Second photo: Rynlie Hansen-Capitano, 8, holds a giant fan as she competes in Saturday’s Keiki Chinese Attire Contest.

Third photo: Payzen Gijal, 1, sleeps through his grand entrance to the Keiki Chinese Attire Contest stage with dad Pridell Gijal and mom Jaylin Seto. “He fed the lions and he was having fun,” Seto said. “And then we were in line (for the contest) and he fell asleep.”

Fourth photo: A lion is fed to ensure good luck in 2020.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos