May 1st 2015 | Lei Day 2015

What: Lei Day 2015

Looking for a way to participate in one of Hawaii’s oldest traditions? Oahu features the biggest and best Lei Day celebrations which are commemorated within Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. The most famous event is the Lei Contest, which receives entries from both children and adults. There is also the crowning of the 2015 Lei Queen, lei-making workshops, traditional Lei exhibits, and more.

In early 1928 writer and poet Don Blanding wrote an article in a local paper suggesting that a holiday be created centered around the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei. It was fellow writer Grace Tower Warren who came up with the idea of a holiday on May 1 in conjunction with May Day. She is also responsible for the phrase, “May Day is Lei Day.”

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This holiday knows no boundaries: everyone from small children to big-shot executives participate, at least by wearing a lei. This holiday was started in 1929, and is not one you will want to miss! You can find everyone celebrating at Kapiolani park on the edge of Waikiki, where this free Hawaiian festival takes place every year. Don’t miss the live entertainment, crafts, and of course those sweet-smelling leis!

When: May 1st 9am- 5:30 pm

Where: Kapiolani Park



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