BY DEBBIE MURAKAMI — The lobby of the Holiday Inn Resort® Waikiki Beachcomber (OBC) was lit up like fire as we celebrated Chinese New Year. Red and gold lanterns and banners created a festive mood, driving off bad luck and ushering in harmony, prosperity and longevity for the year of the Fire Rooster. Guests and patrons gathered in the lobby to enjoy food samplings of jai (vegetarian food), jin dui (fried Chinese pastry), fortune cookies and lucky candy. Calligrapher Chuck Tsui was busy creating fai chun (traditional decoration with written phrases) to be hung in doorways to express best wishes for the new year, and Chinese zodiac flyers were handed out to participants eager to find out what was in store for them this year.
The highlight of the day was the dramatic lion dance performance by the Sing Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association. The hungry lions devoured stacks of lai see (red envelopes) from eager guests and hosts all hoping for the blessings of a good year.
Mahalo to all those who helped make this a successful celebration: Andy Chan, Candy Cheng, Evelyn Garcia, Janice Ng, Jennifer Frias and daughters Rorie and Rachel, Jenny Pang, Lauren Yamamoto, Parker Murakami, Patrick Concepcion, Randall Morisako, Rey DePeralta, Rey Valencia, Taciana Gagala and granddaughter Kairi, Taryn Wong and daughter Krislyn, Teri Pacud and the rest of Team OBC!