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 the Maui Mall in Kahului. Along with the traditional lion dance, the event celebrating the Year of the Rat, which began Saturday, also featured Chinese cultural exhibits, art contest, dancing, music, food, martial arts and a cooking demonstration.
Second photo: Payzen Gijal, 1, sleeps his way to second place in the Keiki Chinese Attire Contest boys division 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.” Kingston Poon finished third and Dane Fernandez took first. First-place winners received a $30 IHOP gift card, while second-place winners got a $20 Subway gift card and third-place winners received a $10 Ululani’s Shave Ice gift card.
Third photo: Rynlie Hansen-Capitano, 8, holds a giant fan as she competes in Saturday’s Keiki Chinese Attire Contest. Rynlie took third place in the girls division, while Vivienne Poon finished second and Tahliya Kuge earned first.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos
Eli Hanneman of Lahaina placed fourth Monday in the Sunset Open.
Kemper is carried off the beach after his victory.
Maui’s Billy Kemper celebrates after completing a ride during the Sunset Open final Monday afternoon at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore. WSL / MIKE CHLALA photos
A studio unit in Napili was damaged by fire Monday afternoon. Its occupant was uninjured but displaced by the blaze that caused about $50,000 in damage. Maui Fire Department photo
WILLIAM ANDERSON-LANGLEY – Baseball bat beating
Nicole Ver Kuilen is shown in a shot from her documentary “1500 Miles,” which made its Hawaii debut Jan. 21 in Kaanapali. Ver Kuilen, who spoke that same day during a prosthetics and orthotics conference in Kaanapali, completed a two-month, 1,500-mile triathlon from Seattle to San Diego in a limb made for walking only. Her goal through her nonprofit, Forrest Stump, is to make prosthetic technology accessible for all amputees. Forrest Stump photos
Adult Syphraea uberabensis beetles feed on cane tibouchina. Studies showed that the plant struggled to grow back after an attack by the beetles. Lon Bulgrin photo
Cane tibouchina grows along the Waihee Ridge Trail on Maui. FOREST AND KIM STARR photo
Notable for its pink-and-purple flowers and tall hairy stems, cane tibouchina is an invasive weed found throughout Hawaii’s pastures and forests. FOREST AND KIM STARR photo