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Lei Day is Special in Hawaii & Beyond

Apr 1, 2017 | Events

Lei Day on May 1st is a special day each year in the Hawaiian Islands. For as every kama’aina (local resident) knows, May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei. Dating back to 1927, Lei Day is a time for giving and receiving beautiful floral wreaths. This charming tradition honors the Native Hawaiian culture through lei making, music, storytelling and dance. Most importantly, Lei Day epitomizes the all-embracing “Aloha Spirit” that permeates these tropical islands.

Create Your Own Lei Day Tropical-themed Party

For those who can’t say “lucky we live Hawaii,” not to worry. It’s easy to create your own Lei Day party back home and share in this lovely tradition. Invite some friends over. Don your most colorful Aloha shirt or muumuu. Set up a tiki bar. And start mixing those rum-filled “umbrella cocktails” made famous in Hawaii, including the sinfully potent Mai Tai.

Best Lei for Your Event

A Lei Day party is nothing without lei. For party and event bulk lei, check out our sister site, BulkLei.com. Here you’ll find the perfect lei for all your party guests. For ladies and girls, purple single orchid lei, green single orchid lei and white single orchid lei are popular. For men and boys, lei made with brown or black kukui nuts are inexpensive, long lasting and decidedly masculine.

In Honolulu for Lei Day?

If you visit Oahu’s Queen Kapiolani Regional Park in Waikiki on May 1, you’re at the epicenter of Hawaii’s largest Lei Day event. It’s the 90th annual “Lei Day Celebration” presented by the City and County of Honolulu. Sponsoring this family friendly gathering are the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hula Grill Waikiki. Oahu Lei Day activities will include:

  • Contests for best lei creations;
  • Live music and hula performances;
  • Hawaiian craft exhibits and demonstrations;
  • Storytelling and other cool stuff for the keiki (children);
  • Food and refreshment booths; and
  • A life-size Lei Day postcard that’s perfect for selfies and other photo ops.

For more information, see Honolulu Lei Day »

So be sure to celebrate Lei Day on May Day. Even if you’re not in Hawai’i Nei!