May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, and it happens this weekend. Here's where to go for celebrations.by: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 09:52 AM
Na Lei Hiwahiwa Eha
This annual celebration of the beauty of the lei, set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., May 6, at Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue, will feature contemporary Hawaiian music and hula performances. It is organized by the Malie Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to educate, promote, preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture. For additional information, call (808) 652-4497, or click here.
Brothers Cazimero May Day-Lei Day Concert
Robert and Roland Cazimero — perhaps more famously known as the Brothers Caz — will perform contemporary Hawaiian music from 7:30 p.m. on Sun., May 1, at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. The concert will include chants, hula and songs from the duo’s many musical recordings. Tickets range from $12 to $37 (plus fees). For more details, call (808) 242-7469, or click here.
84th Annual Lei Day Celebration
This annual Waikiki tradition — from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sun., May 1, at Kapiolani Park’s bandstand area — features the coronation of the lei queen, an exhibit of intricately woven entries in the annual lei-making contest, plenty of Hawaiian music and hula performances, Royal Hawaiian Band and steel guitar concerts, Hawaiian craft displays, food booths and activities for children. For more information about the free celebration — presented by the City and County of Honolulu and Hawaiian Electric Company, click here.
Lei of Stars
This musical event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sun., May 1, at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, will honor the 2010 Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame inductees including: hula master Pat Namaka Bacon and musicians Andy Cummings, Ernest Kaai, Richard Kauhi Quartet and Kealii Reichel. The concert will include performances by Reichel, O’Brian Eselu, the Kaai Ohana, Andrea Cummings, Kuuipo Kumukahi and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Famer Serenaders. Tickets range from $100 to $165. For additional information, click here.
Photos: Queens' Marketplace (top photo), Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)
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