35th Annual Mochi Tsuki

posted by Brandi S. on February 06, 2019 in Blog

Hale Mahaolu Elua celebrated the Year of the Boar with its 35th Annual Mochi Tsuki and Chinese New Year. Hale Mahaolu Elua resident volunteers and staff began in the early morning; soaking and steaming mochi rice in preparation for the traditional pounding and forming by our seniors. The efforts of the mochi sale is led by members of the Elua Senior Club; members prepare and sell plain, an (bean) and peanut butter/chocolate mochi.

This year they made roughly 1,000 pieces and sold out on their ticket sales. Proceeds from the sale also benefit their various club functions and activities.

Following the mochi pounding, residents gathered in the community hall for fellowship.

Lunch was prepared by Hale Mahaolu’s kitchen.

Residents also enjoyed a lion dance performance by Au Shaolin Arts Society. The lion, a symbol of power and good fortune, chases away evil spirits and brings longevity and good luck in the new year.

Executive Director, Grant Chun, closed the event with a toast to wish good health and prosperity to everyone.

Shinnen Omedeto Gozaimasu! Kung Hee Fat Choy! Happy New Year!