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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