Wahinekeouli Pa from Kauai composes a mele for her huakai to the land of Keawe, 1921.

Here is a beautiful mele mākaʻikaʻi composed by famous haku mele, Wahinekeouli Pā of Kauaʻi for her visit to Hawaiʻi moku o Keawe!

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IKE MALIHINI IA HAWAII

Malihini ka ike ana ia Hawaii,
Aina i na kuahiwi ekolu,
Owau no me kuu leimomi,
Aloia mai ai na kai loa,
Aohe ou loa a e Hawaii,
I ka ihu haulani o Mauna Kea,
Na mi nei i hehiku iho,
O ia oneki nui akea,
Ike au i ka nani o Hilo Hanakahi,
Ke kaona i lohia e ke onaona,
Onaona ka lehua no Panaewa,
Ia lei makahehi a ka malihini,

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Lei Day, 1928.

For more stories on the first Lei Day, check out:
https://nupepa-hawaii.com/?s=%22lei+day%22+1928&submit=Search

…And this post from Bishop Museum, with the first Lei Day program!:
https://www.facebook.com/57683067109/posts/10158919517987110/

…And one more from Kamehameha Schools’ Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group!
https://www.ksbe.edu/article/the-history-of-may-day-and-lei-day-in-hawaii/

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Ready For Lei Day

MARGARET DE LA CRUZ, whose cheerful smile is familiar to all who visit the docs on streamer days, is representative of the typical Hawaii lei woman.

(Advertiser, 5/1/1928, p. 1)

Advertiser_5_1_1928_1 Honolulu Advertiser, 70th Year, Number 14,793, Page 1. May 1, 1928.

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Duke Kahanamoku at the Lei Day celebration at Honolulu Hale, 1948.

SHERIFF DUKE P. KAHANAMOKU and Pacific Queen Nola Rose were greeted enthusiastically by the audience at the city hall Lei Day observance. Wearing a lei, hibiscus in her hair and a colorful print dress, the Australian blonde was a contrasting, yet harmonious note, in the ensemble of color and gaiety at the city hall.—Star-Bulletin photos.

(Star-Bulletin, 5/3/1948,  p. 11)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume LIV, Number 17356, Page 11. May 3, 1948.