The Molokai News would like to wish all our readers a joyous and safe Christmas. This is especially true if you are heading out to a west or north facing beach today. The National Weather Service is calling for 20 to 25 foot waves along north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai and 15 to 20 feet along west-facing shores of Molokai. Please be careful out there.
Molokai to hold first-ever Chinese New Year parade
In honor of the Chinese lunar New Year of the Tiger, the Molokai Chinese Cultural Club has organized the first-ever Molokai parade for the Chinese New Year for January 18, 2010.
The historic parade will start at 9 a.m. at Kaunakakai Place, also known as Wharf Road. Parade participants will gather near Makoa Trucking Company. Members of each participating group will display their good luck unit number. This good luck unit number serves to unify each group and make them easy for parade watchers to identify.
The Tiger parade will travel along Ala Malama Street, Kaunakakai’s main street, and end at the War Memorial Park. This small park in downtown Kaunakakai remembers those from Molokai who lost their lives during past wars. At this site, four Chinese kupunas will be honored and the 12-member Chinese Lion Dance group from Honolulu will put on a Chinese martial arts demonstration.
Kenneth Yit-Kong Nip, one of the honored kupuna, is a retired teacher with 38 teaching years under his belt and 31 of those years devoted to Molokai youth. He was a well-known figure at Kaunakakai Elementary School. Mr. Nip has nurtured many generations of Molokai students with his gift of knowledge and imagination.
There really is no retirement for Mr. Nip who still serves the Molokai community by volunteering at the library’s reading partners program, singing to patients at Molokai hospital, working with the Boy Scouts and volunteering for the Maui Economic Opportunity Inc.
For several years now, Mr. Nip has put up a Chinese New Year display at the Molokai Public Library and helps host the Chinese New Year observance at the Senior Citizen Center.