PHOTOS: UH Hilo students share traditional art, dance at Chinese Spring Festival

The highlight of the festival was a lion dance, the first ever performed at the annual event.

Photos by Elijah Owens.

Two women in traditional Chinese attire

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday with its annual Spring Festival held on the Library Lanai. The event was hosted by the UH Hilo Chinese Studies Program in association with the Chinese Culture Club and students taking classes in Elementary Chinese (CHNS 102) and Chinese Architecture and Gardens (CHNS 381).

Program organizer is Jiren Feng, associate professor of Chinese and program coordinator of the Chinese Studies Certificate program.

The highlight of the festival was a lion dance, the first ever performed at the annual event.

Lion dance.
Lion Dance performance at the Chinese Spring Festival.

Tables set up on the lanai offered visitors colorful displays of interactive delights with zodiac signs, beautiful paper crafts, calligraphy, Chinese characters of good meaning, spring couplets, and a crimson red backdrop for photos. There also were performances of traditional Chinese arts in Taiji shadow boxing, a sword and martial arts presentation, folk dancing (fan, red silk, red handkerchief), and more.

Photos by Elijah Owens, click to enlarge.

Tables and Displays

Tables and displays with visitors milling and looking.

Calligraphy

Two women at table doing calligraphy.

Lion Dance

Lion dance.

Dances

Couple dances with silk scarves.

Taiji Shadow Boxing

Single man doing Taiji shadow boxing.

Happy New Year!
Student places hand in the mouth of colorful orange and red lion.
Student places hand in mouth of the lion for good luck.

 

Photographer Elijah Owens (sophomore, geology) is an intern in the Office of the Chancellor.