The Wah Yun Culture and Arts Academy dba Chinese Lion Dance Association was formed in 1988 by a brotherhood of practitioners of Chinese Gung Fu and Lion Dance. It has grown to be one of the foremost gung fu and lion dance schools in Hawaii. We participate annually in community events centered around various Chinese festivals, such as Chinese New Year, Kwan Yu's Birthday and Moon Festival. We also perform at other festive events, such as weddings, birthdays, and grand openings.
As a foundation for the lion dance, Chinese Gung Fu is taught to all students. Sifu (Head Instructor) Jeffrey Lam teaches the styles of Fut Gar, as taught to him by the late Grand Master Fong Lum Kwai, and Hung Gar as taught by Grand Master Y.C. Wong of San Francisco and Grand Master Chun Gum Lum of Hong Kong. Students develop both physical and mental strength in their gung fu training, along with an appreciation of the martial arts passed down from generation to generation.
The Chinese Lion Dance Association has become Hawaii's ambassador to Hong Kong for the sport of pole jumping or "jong" lion dance. We have competed in various international pole jumping lion dance tournaments in Hong Kong and Taiwan, as representatives from Hawaii USA. Local Television's KITV "Pamela Young's Mixed Plate" series has profiled our team as they journeyed to Asia and competed against the best lion dance teams from around the world. In years 2002 and 2004, the Chinese Lion Dance Association served as host to Asian teams in Hawaii's first Lion King's Competition. The competition pitted various Hawaii lion dance teams against Asian teams in traditional and pole jumping. In the year 2005, we traveled to Singapore and Malaysia to take part in traditional lion dance demonstrations and competition.
The Wah Yun Culture and Arts Academy dba Chinese Lion Dance Association is classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.