Lei Day In Hawaii
Here in Hawaii, the date of May 1st has officially been designated as Lei Day, but it is celebrated all month long. Known elsewhere as May Day, those who make Hawaii home celebrate by the giving of a lei. This time-honored tradition begun long ago by the ancient Hawaiian people continues to be embraced here as a way to show love, pride, prestige, and friendship. Lei are given in greeting and in farewell, in celebration and in sorrow.
You will find many lei-making exhibits and demonstrations at various places around Oahu. There is also the Annual Lei Day Celebration which takes place at Queen Kapiolani Park. At this celebration all are welcome to come and see many Hawaiian artisans demonstrating their craft, as well as Lei making contests and exhibits. There is music by the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Hawaii Steel Guitar Association, local singers, and performances of hula.
Whether or not you choose to join in the Lei Day festivities or decide to enjoy one of the myriad other activities offered on Oahu, we hope you will be sure to give a beautiful lei to someone special and share in the aloha as we celebrate Lei Day in Hawaii!