May Day is Lei Day Events in Hawaii

Posted: May 1, 2009 by Nathan Kam in Random Raves & Rants
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Today is May Day (or Lei Day as we call it in Hawaii) and whether you’re a local or visitor, it’s an occasion to celebrate the Hawaii tradition of making and wearing lei. This observance dates back as early as May 1, 1928, where everyone was encouraged to wear lei and partake in celebrations and festivals held around the islands to honor the day. Just taking a look at the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s calendar of events proves this part of the tradition is still going strong. There’s a ton of Lei Day events taking place today and over the weekend. Go check ’em out!

Hawaii friend Neenz Faleafine (aka @NEENZ) has a great explanation about May Day’s roots on her blog Hawaii Traditions that I encourage everyone to read. I also found a couple Lei Day posts by two of my favorite travel bloggers Pam Mandel (aka @nerdseyeview) and Sheila Beal (aka @govisithawaii) sharing more tips and insights on making the most of enjoying this day.

So in the true spirit of Aloha, give that special someone in your life a lei today.  And to all my family, friends, and readers, I share with you virtually these lei above. Beautiful aren’t they? Enjoy!


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  1. Sandy says:

    Wow, you finally had to put a disclaimer on your site! hahaha!

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