By Diane Ako
HONOLULU (KHNL) -- On February 7, thousands of people across the state and the world will ring in Chinese New Year. What do you wish for in the new year? "Peace, prosperity, lots of travel," hoped one Windward resident.
It's the Year of the Rat, and we asked Honolulu numerologist June Ho to describe the rat's influence on the year. The rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, and Ho said, "The rat is resourceful, smart, cunning, and perseverant. They have to know how to overcome a bad environment."
We'll all need that, because Ho predicts it'll be a bumpy year. "The first half of the year will be mellow. The middle of the year, June or July, will see more confusion. The second half of the year will slowly get better. The gap between the rich and the poor will grow wider than it's ever been. Businesses will have lots of chances to diversify. Women will take on greater roles in society. Middle class citizens, be careful to not overlook career opportunities."
Ho says the economy will be down for a while. "For all 12 animals, this year will be tougher than last year. Be patient. The national economy will be a little tough till 2010. This may affect personal relationships."
Who will be most impacted by this year? "This year will be best for Ox, and bad for Rabbit and Horse. If you're an Ox, everything you do or want this year will be easier: money, love, fame. Rabbit and Horse, look out for accidents like car accidents."