BY NAPAPORN PHANDEE (TLR), DEBBIE MURAKAMI (OBC), JANET SHMULL (OGM), LUANA MAITLAND (ORF) and MARSHA KAPU (ESH) — On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) celebrated Chinese New Year with TLR guests at Locavore restaurant. The Chinese New Year was ushered in with a lion dance, an important tradition in Chinese culture to bring good luck and happiness. It is tradition to feed the lion “lucky money” in red paper envelopes or “lisee.” Whatever the amount donated, it is believed to be returned to you tenfold. At Locavore, lion dance performers entered our dining hall for 20 minutes of exciting, drum-beating entertainment with the hopes of bringing good luck for the coming New Year.
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At the Holiday Inn® Waikiki Beachcomber Resort (OBC) festivities were held on Saturday, Feb. 21. Guests and hosts enjoyed Chinese sweets such as candied coconut (promoting togetherness), melon (growth, good health) and water chestnut (unity). Calligrapher Chuck Tsui was on hand dipping his brush into gold ink to produce fai chun (lucky red paper) for success, prosperity, health or whatever is wished for 2015.
The Sing Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association excited the crowd as they weaved their way up the escalator from the porte cochere to the lobby, stopping to bless the front desk and back offices, Island Jewelry, Jimmy Buffett’s, the Magic of Polynesia box office and Expedia, finishing up at Macy’s.
Mahalo to Alan Naito and the hardworking OBC staff; the Sing Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association; Andy Chan from Island Jewelry; and all the tenants that participated. Special thanks to volunteers Reid Kobashigawa, Evelyn Garcia, Natalie Caceres and daughter Anaia, Jennifer Frias and daughters Rorie and Rachel, and Parker Murakami.
At the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort a traditional lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year wowed hotel guests on Feb. 19. A curious, yet excited, audience gathered around for a glimpse of the colorful performance to the sounds of the majestic drums led by the Chinese School of Guam.
The Palm Café Restaurant also celebrated the eastern holiday with symbolic red and gold interior decor and a special dinner buffet featuring authentic Asian cuisine from Japan, Korea, China and South East Asia.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Mahalo to Andy Chan from Island Jewelry for hosting the “Chinese Lion Dance Association” at several Outrigger properties where his shops are located. The Chinese Lions started off at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, then wound their way over to the Holiday Inn® Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, snaking over to the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and finally finished up at the Embassy Suites® – Waikiki Beach Walk®.
The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort shops, restaurants, guests and hosts take to the tradition of Chinese New Year, a time to honor one’s ancestors and to celebrate the arrival of the new year.
The lion expresses joy and happiness and is used to summon luck and good fortune. With the lisee (red envelope) in hand or hanging from the ceiling fronting their areas, each welcomed the lions with aloha, in the hopes that good luck and fortune will follow.
The Embassy Suites® – Waikiki Beach Walk® had a “suite” Chinese New Year celebrating ES*team Hosts at a quarterly Team Member Recognition Lunch.
Mahalo to guests, Dr. Chuck, Barry Wallace, Charlene Goo, Kathy Oyadomari, Jerry Dolak and Danette Bolosan whose presence created a lasting impression on the team members. Everyone joined in on the fun of picture-taking with Chinese props, but once the Chinese food hit the buffet, a line quickly formed to enjoy traditional fare.
Bob Yeoman proudly acknowledged and thanked team members for many fabulous achievements, such as reaching #5 on TripAdvisor, 2014 #1 Recycling Champions and appreciating over 20 employees for a total of 3,200 years of service just for the months of December, January and February!
Suddenly, drums and cymbals could be heard outside and the doors flew open showcasing not one, but two Chinese Lions to join in the celebration!
The lions danced their way through the room greeting each table of ecstatic team members and guests. Before continuing to the lobby to share this custom with our guests, Bob and Reid Kobashigawa presented their lisee to the lions.
Being an artistic year, everyone twisted bubble wrap ‘firecrackers’ to bring to a close a fun-tastic Chinese New Year celebration! Gōng Xǐ Fǐ Cái!
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