Before you know it, the Chinese New Year will be upon us. The festivities are slated to kickoff at the end of January 2014 and run through February 15th. Many people will be celebrating the holiday, including those of us in Maui. For some, Maui may seem like an odd place to spend Chinese New Year. However, what they may not realize is that Hawaii has been home to Chinese immigrants since the 1700s. That’s part of what makes Hawaii, and a stay in our Maui vacation rentals, the perfect way to ring in the Chinese New Year.
Our Maui vacation rentals will put you in close proximity to everything you need to enjoy the holiday, including a series of special events. For starters, there are already two Annual Chinese New Year Celebrations on tap. One of the yearly fetes is scheduled to take place at multiple locations in Lahaina on the evening of February 7th. Three of the locations are expected to the Wharf Cinema Center, Front Street and Campbell Park. The event will feature ethnic foods, art activities and special performances, including the Lion Dance.
We should also mention that Lahaina is home to the Lahaina Jodo Mission. It features a Japanese Buddhist temple, bell tower, pagoda and a 12-foot tall, resplendent stature of Amida Buddha. Some Japanese families celebrate their New Year at the same time as the Chinese. Others opt to adhere to the Gregorian calendar. Nonetheless, the mission is often open to public viewing. So you may want to try and stop by the mission before the evening celebrations.
The other special event that we mentioned previously is slated to begin at 9 AM on February 1, at the Maui Mall in Kahului. It is supposed to feature a wide variety of cultural activities as well as a fireworks display and a Keiki attire contest.
The special events aren’t the only way to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Maui. Our Maui vacation rentals are located near a fabulous restaurant known as Kō in Wailea. Its menu pays homage to the Chinese immigrants that helped form the island’s rich cultural heritage. Over the years, the venue has won several awards for its cuisine. Four of the most recent awards were issued in 2013 by Maui Magazine, Wine Spectator, the Edible Hawaiian Island Magazine and Hawaii Magazine. The list of standout dishes to try includes vegetable fried rice, ginger hoisin barbecue pork chops, sugar cane skewered prawns and scallops.