Aloha! May Day is Lei Day!!

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Today is both May Day AND Lei Day!

May Day is a spring festival full of dancing, singing, and CAKE!

Watch these children dance around the Maypole:

But in Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day!

A Lei For You postcard

The lei is an important part of Hawaiian culture. Each one is a symbol of the Aloha spirit. Since May 1, 1928, Hawaiians have celebrated Lei Day as a way to honor their unique island culture. 

Hawaiian lei vendors 1901

Lei vendors, 1901

If you happen to be in Waikiki today, be sure to head to Queen Kapiolani Park for all the free Lei Day festivities!

Check out this short film made about Lei Day in 1940, before air travel made it easy to visit the Hawaiian Islands…!

Read about the lei history here.



  • Helen Gircko

    The heart is torn between English and Hawaiian traditions because I want to celebrate everything at once (according to your calendar, Pee-wee, there are still many reasons for the holiday today). So I wish you a wonderful may mood… and I congratulate you on the Day of Chimney-sweeper too…
    P.S. Lei deserve a special poem. Thanks for amazing foto and links!

  • divajean

    May Day, Lei Day… how about melee day?

  • Amanda Dushan

    This is an interesting blog. I remember kids going around the May Pole.