Monday, January 27, 2014

New Year Lions Backstage 你好

A  L  O  H  A - Nihau - 你好

We see and taste,
and live China's culture
all over Honolulu,
all through Hawaii.





 Chinese New Year
  is a special time of year to me.






We Hear it,
See it, Taste it,
and 
SMELL it!










































End of a Long Day - Heads OFF!
 Not ALL
 of the lion dancers are teens, 
OR Chinese.







 "Secret Alley" 
Chinese Cultural Center, Chinatown Honolulu











Lions in ones and twos,
retreated behind a closed door
while I took the shot 
above this one
(and some in our party
drank some "Alley Beers")
I snuck the door open a 
crack and found
the secret Lion Store Room!


The Year of the Wood Horse
starts Jan 31st.

Honolulu is just
getting started


GUNG HEE FAT CHOY!

Wishing YOU
the best year yet!

Leave a comment :)

                  Fondly, cloudia





27 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

A delightful post Cloudia. Have a wonderful week!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Looking forward to it Cloudia.. We have a huge Chinese community here also, many celebrations ahead..

Akelamalu said...

Happy New Year to you. It all looks so exciting!!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Happy New Year!

Does this mean the Broncos will win the Super Bowl?
~

TexWisGirl said...

how neat. enjoy the celebrations!

TALON said...

Awesome photos, Cloudia. We have a huge Chinese community in Ontario and I love going to Toronto's China Town. I can't believe that January is almost over. And now I have to find out what a wood horse year means for an earth pig (me). :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

They certainly know how to celebrate New Year.

ANITA said...

hi myfriend!!you seem to have it a fun day!!Very nice and Happy New Year!!All my hugs to you:))

Mama Zen said...

Looks like fun!

Kay said...

My nephew used to do the Lion Dance, but it was so grueling that he had to give it up. Happy New Year, Cloudia! Terrific photos!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post that I enjoyed reading. Glad you enjoyed Chinese New Year celebrations.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Karen S. said...

Aloha, and the most happiest of celebrations to you! How fun, it sounds like a perfect time to be silly and get jolly! Happiest of New Year to all- Karen

Friko said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you too.

Celebrate any feast you can, why not.

Duckbutt said...

An intriguing insight into the culture, Cloudia!

Cloudia said...

EACH of your comments - gave me a jolly moment

Thanks!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Have a great Chinese New Year, Cloudia!

Adam said...

Nihau is probably the only chinese word I know. Except Riben (Japan)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Being part of the lion in the Lion Dance must be exhausting. Watching it is exhilarating.

magiceye said...

Ambiance captured beautifully!!

Namaste /\ from Mumbai
Aloha!!

Cloudia said...

Thanks, friends!

Myrna R. said...

Have a wonderful celebration and a great year.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots! I lived in China once upon a time, and the celebrations over there really are something else!

rupam sarma said...

Amazing photos, Thanks for your post.

foongpc said...

Gong Hee Fatt Choy to you, Cloudia!! LOL! Does Hawaii have a huge Chinese community? Surprised that some of the lion dancers are not Chinese! :)

Cloudia said...

Thanks, friends :-)

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant costumes, thanks Cloudia.

Betty Manousos said...

happy new year to you!!!

big hugs!xo