Hawaii Rings in the Year of the Rat

Michelle Choi
Michelle Choi

By Stephanie Lum

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- A pair of dancing lions from the Chinese Physical Cultural Association strut their stuff at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The colorful dancers bring good luck to all as we welcome the year of the rat.

"We want to wish everyone the best," said lion dancer Calvin Ching. "We are looking forward to a very good year. Kung Hee Fat Choy!"

Store owners also open their doors to the lions for good luck.

In the days leading up to the Chinese new year, the Narcissus Court is introduced, the streets of Chinatown are packed, and everyone gets ready to say "out with the old, and in with the new".

"You don't really do anything on new year's day", explained the Chinese Chamber of Commerce's Michelle Choi.  "You are not even supposed to wash your hair, you're not supposed to clean your house."

People born in the year of the rat are said to be sociable, charming, intelligent, and generous with family and friends.

Rat people may also have a chance to get rich this year.

"If you have extra cash it's good time to invest this year," said Choi.

Chinese New Year festivities continue this weekend. There will be a Chinese New Year party at Market City on Saturday.