May 1st is Lei Day in Hawaii. It’s a time for residents and visitors to celebrate an island tradition of making and wearing leis. It all started in 1928 when poet Don Blanding wrote an article in a local newspaper suggesting that this custom become a local holiday.
Since then, every year on May 1st the people of Hawaii participate in festivities involving lei making demonstrations, exhibits, hula performances, lei making contests and local musicians. Even our local schools hold annual May Day Programs where children dress up in colorful outfits and perform for family and friends.
However, most of the events take place in Waikiki which allows visitors to enjoy this island tradition as well. It’s a great way to experience the Hawaiian culture.
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