May Day is Lei Day
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii! Lei Day started in 1928 as a holiday to be centered around the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing leis. A writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Don Blanding, advocated for the creation of a day dedicated to honoring lei-making and the custom of wearing leis. His coworker, writer Grace Tower Warren, came up with the idea of a holiday on May 1 in conjunction with May Day and came up with the phrase “May Day is Lei Day.”
On the very first Lei Day on May 1, 1928 everyone in Honolulu was encouraged to wear a lei. Festivities were held downtown with hula, music, lei making demonstrations, exhibits and lei making contests. Lei Day was made an official holiday in 1929.
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Each of the Islands will have Lei Day 2011 festivities. One of the largest celebrations is on Oahu – Honolulu’s official 84th Annual Lei Day Celebration at Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Here the 2011 Lei Queen and her court will be presented.
Other Oahu Lei Day Festivities include the Lei of Stars, a concert at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Waikiki.
Kauai Lei Day Festivities
On Kauai enjoy Lei Day with Hawaiian music and hula at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue.
Big Island Lei Day Festivities
On the Big Island you can celebrate at Kalakaua Park in Hilo with lei-making demonstations, Hawaiian music and hula performances.
The Volcano Art Center will also have a lei day festival that includes a lei-making contest, hula, ukulele performances and guided tours of the native forest area.
On Maui enjoy the Brothers Cazimero (the Brothers Caz) May Day-Lei Day Concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului.
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