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Hawaiian Lei Day

Hawaii Lei Day


Date When Celebrated: This holiday begins on the morning of May 1, and continues on into the next day.

Hawaiian Lei Day is the Hawaiian version of May Day. Hawaiian Lei Day is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and its people. It's a fun day two day event, centered around the "lei", a colorful flowery necklace. The "lei" is an unspoken expression of "aloha". While this is a Hawaiian holiday celebration, I'm sure you will admit you want get lei'd, too. C'mon and join in on the fun. There 's no reason you can't participate in Hawaiian Lei Day, no matter where you are.

Visitors to Hawaii, by plane, boat or other means, usually receive a traditional lei upon arrival. Nowadays, they are often made of plastic. On Hawaiian Lei Day, people give and receive leis. You will see pretty much everyone is wearing a lei. This is a day of festivities and parades, filled with leis, flowers, parties, dancing and more. There are lei making contests, hula dancing, luaus, and even the selection and crowning of the Lei Day Queen.

Did You Know? Each Hawaiian island has it's own signature lei. For example, the island of Kauai  is known for a lei made of fruit. Purple berries, with a sweet scent are strung onto the necklace.

If you are not in Hawaii, we hope you still participate in Hawaiian Lei Day. Grab your hula skirt. Buy or make leis and give them out. Hold a family or group celebration. Have a pig roast, and don't forget to serve the poi. 

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History and Origin of Save the Hawaiian Lei Day:

Hawaiian Lei Day was first celebrated in 1927. The state of Hawaii made it an official state holiday in 1929.

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