Lei Day

Lei Day

May 1
This is a celebration of Hawaii's state symbol of friendship. In 1928 Mrs. John T. Warren came up with the slogan, "Lei Day is May Day," and the holiday has been held there ever since. The events of the day include state-wide lei competitions. Leis are garlands made of flower blossoms, seeds, leaves, ferns, and pods. There is the crowning of a Lei Queen in Honolulu, and assorted exhibits and hula performances. The queen's coronation is accompanied by chanting and the blowing of conch shells.
On the day after the celebration, leis from the state-wide competitions are ceremoniously placed on the graves of Hawaii's royalty at the Royal Mausoleum in Nuuanu Valley.
CONTACTS:
Hawaii Visitors Bureau
2270 Kalakaua Ave., 8th Fl.
Honolulu, HI 96815
800-464-2924 or 808-923-1811; fax: 808-924-0290
www.gohawaii.com & www.hvcb.org
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 337
AnnivHol-2000, p. 75
DictDays-1988, p. 67
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