Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
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Hawaiian-Style Chinese New Year
Asian cultural threads run deep in the population and traditions of the Hawaiian Islands. Though Hawaii is the 50th state in the U.S., people with Asian heritage make up the largest ethnic group here. It's no surprise that the holidays and festivals of Filipino, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese people—along with other Asian and Pacific Islanders—are celebrated in addition to Hawaiian and U.S. holidays. One notable festival is the Chinese, or Lunar, New Year. The new year's lion visits places throughout Hawaii to spread good fortune to those who feed it a small monetary gift and bless businesses and establishments for the next year. A great spot to enjoy the tradition is at the Moana Surfrider hotel. The drum parade that accompanies the lion can be heard from blocks away until it's so loud that it's hard to make conversation when he arrives. Grab a chair at the beach bar, order a drink, and nibble on some pupus (appetizers) while you watch the lion's dance as he wanders through the property. Have a couple of dollar bills ready to feed the lion with and secure your year of good fortune.
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