Honolulu Family Activities. Dancing Lions come out for bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Happy Ewe Year Feb. 15.
Kids can feed lion dancers, make rams and sheep out of clothespins, cotton, cork, and yarn, and learn how to play mah-jongg.
The year of the sheep is upon us, which means we should (hopefully) be in for a year of peace and harmony. Born under the sign of art, the sheep is considered to be one of the Chinese zodiac’s most creative and artistic animals. With that in mind, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Happy Ewe Year.
There are plenty of art activities to enjoy. Families can make sheep clip magnets out of clothespins and fluffy rams out of cork and cotton. Members of the Associated Chinese University Women (ACUW) teach families how to play mah-jongg (no gambling, parents). Finally, guests can enjoy some traditional delicacies straight from the ACUW cookbook!
No Chinese New Year is complete without a lion dance! This month, the museum welcomes the Gee Yung Chinese Martial Arts troupe, who rings in the year of the sheep with their dancing lion that kids can feed as it makes its way through museum. Then Gee Yung continues their acrobatic thrills with a martial arts demonstration and a lion pole performance. Visitors can also enjoy modern and traditional Chinese music, as well as Western and multicultural world music played by the Guang Zhong Chinese Music Ensemble.
After Gee Yung gets hearts racing, Falun Gong brings everyone’s qi back into alignment with a demonstration of qigong (life energy cultivation) that includes mediation and “spiritual discipline.” Then the ACUW performs a Chinese fan dance, followed by Chinese folk, classical, and modern dance performances by the Phoenix Dance Chamber.
As part of the ongoing Honolulu African American Film Festival programming, the Family Film Sunday selection is Khumba. Directed by Anthony Silverston, Khumba tells the story of a young half-striped zebra who is ostracized by his herd for looking different, and goes on a mission to try to earn his stripes.
The museum invites visitors to enter the popular monthly drawing contest, for children ages 1 to 17. The museum gives contestants a theme and drawing supplies.
The winner receives a Supporting Membership to the Honolulu Museum of Art ($100 value), and his or her artwork is used to create the following month’s event brochure and is posted on the museum website.
FAMILY DAY AT SPALDING HOUSE:
Visitors can double their fun by taking a free shuttle up to Spalding House in Makiki Heights, where kids can make colorful pompom sheep out of yarn, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes!
ABOUT BANK OF HAWAII FAMILY SUNDAY:
Since 2004, the third Sunday of every month at the Honolulu Museum of Art has been free to the public, thanks to Bank of Hawaii. Each event features a program of art activities, entertainment and demonstrations held throughout the museum.