May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

May 1, 2023

“May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii” is a popular phrase that refers to a Hawaiian celebration that takes place on May 1st each year.


The holiday originated in 1928, when a group of artists and educators in Honolulu came up with the idea to create a day that would celebrate Hawaiian culture and traditions.

The holiday is celebrated throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and it typically includes music, hula dancing, and the giving and wearing of lei. A lei is a wreath or garland made of flowers, leaves, shells, or other materials, and it is a symbol of aloha (love), respect, and friendship in Hawaiian culture.

On Lei Day, people in Hawaii come together to create and exchange lei, attend concerts and hula performances, and participate in other cultural events. The holiday is a way for Hawaiians to celebrate their unique heritage and share it with the world. It is also a time to honor the beauty of the natural world and the importance of community and relationships.



Hawaiian Airlines May Day 2023 features Keauhou, Robert Cazimero and special guests

The live concert will be on Monday, May 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Great Lawn of Bishop Museum. Tickets are available for purchase at



Maui Mall Village invites kamaʻāina and visitors to celebrate Lei Day with Hawaiian entertainment and festivities on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The center, located at 70 East Kaʻahumanu Ave. in Kahului, will mark the occasion with hula and music at center court.

The schedule features Hālau Hula O Keola Ali‘i O Kekai under the direction of Kumu Hula Aunty Iola Balubar at 10 a.m. The entertainment lineup also features Kamehameha Schools Middle School ʻUkulele Group under the direction of Rama Camarillo at 11:15 a.m.




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