When May 1st comes around, here in Hawaii it's a very special day.  May Day is "Lei Day" in Hawaii..............that's a very old and well loved expression in the 'aina.

First, there is a grand lei making competition that goes on at the Kapi'olani Park bandstand area in Waikiki and tons of lei are on display after the judging is completed.  What an awesome sight.  I love to see how they combine the different flowers and plants together to create something really unique.  It really inspires me in my quiltmaking.  I particularly love the ones made of all native Hawaiian plants and flowers.  This year I was late getting to the exhibition and they were taking it all down so the photo I've shown here is some of the entries as they were being put into a van for transport to the Queen Emma Summer Palace for viewing the following day.

Another annual activity at most of the schools in the state is a MAY DAY  Program which differs from school to school.  Some of the intermediate grades choose a "prince" & "princess" to represent each of the Hawaiian islands and they dress royally and dance a waltz for the rest of the students and teachers.  There could be hula performances and singing, etc.

Another tradition is a featured concert by the Brothers Cazimero at the Waikiki Shell, an outdoor venue that provides a slightly romantic atmosphere, with the scent of tuberose, ginger, puakenikeni, plumeria, pakalana, and pikake drifting past like a cool breeze and the unmistakable voices of Robert & Roland to serenade the concert goers.  It is always just perfect!
Gorgeous lei on a Pa'u Ricer
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