Saturday, May 2, 2009

MAY DAY 2009 KONA.....

Jonah & his sister Kaliko (above) at May day...

Ephraim & his May Day Partner rep'n Maui (above)

Ephraim Alofaio Unauna Semo (15 yrs old)

Morianton Kiwi Palepoi (12 yrs old)

Alafou Lynnette Palepoi (11 yrs old)

Anthony Matua Palepoi (8 yrs old)

Kealakehe May Day Court 2009 (above)
Alafou's class performing for May Day Intermediate

It's that time of year again.............MAY DAY CELEBRATION!!! My day was full bouncing around from one school to another watching our children perform for May Day... For those of you who are not familiar with May Day in Hawaii, The first Lei Day was held on May 1, 1928, and everyone in Honolulu was encouraged to wear lei. Festivities were held downtown with hula, music, lei making demonstrations and exhibits and lei making contests.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported, "lei blossomed on straw and felt hats, lei decorated automobiles, men and women and children wore them draped about their shoulders. To the city Kamehameha's statue extended a garland of maile and plumeria, which fluttered in the wind from its extended hand. Lei recaptured the old spirit of the islands (a love of color and flowers, fragrance, laughter and aloha)."
In 1929, Lei Day was made an official holiday in the territory, a tradition which was interrupted only during the years of World War II, and which continues today.Many celebrations are also held at local schools. Elementary schools hold celebrations crowning Lei Day kings, queens and princesses. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy...........WE LOVED IT!


Troy and Segi Worthen said...

I love these pictures and Ephraim looks so handsome. Your family is always doing something so fun and exciting. Your kids will have such good memories of their childhood!

Tony~n~Tara said...

Thanks Segi~ They are soo involved with lots of things here in the islands. It's the way I grew up and I wouldn't trade it for the world... Thanks for always commenting and staying in touch with our family.. Love you!