Forty years ago, Brothers Cazimero May Day Concert at the Shell! 1978.

[Found under: “Show Biz: Wayne Harada”]

Hana hou

For You a Lei Day Program. The Brothers Cazimero, who just appeared in Ken Rosene’s Hawaii Contemporary Music Festival, will do an “encore” of sorts come May Day. Yep, on Lei Day—May 1—Robert and Roland Cazimero will headline a May Day concert at the Waikiki Shell. Continue reading

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May Day is Lei Day in Hilo, 1941.

Day to Don Lei

Tomorrow is a great day here in Hilo; it is the day to wear lei, and everyone will be seen walking on the streets with lei.

Because tomorrow has become the day to wear lei, the Civic Club of Hilo took steps to hold a grand exhibit, and it will be shown to the public.

This event is held every year by this association, and this they expanded it by planing to have a grand entertainment at Kalakaua Square. At the same time, the queen who recently was victorious at the Holoku Ball this past month will preside while those that did not win the contest will be her attendants.

Joining in on the exhibition will also be queens chosen from the various schools of Hilo nei.

There will also be music by the Civic Club Choir, the Hawaiian Women’s Club of Hilo, and the County Band and the Hilo High School Band. Continue reading

Lei Day 50 years ago, 1968.

It all started in 1928

Wear your aloha shirts, muumuus, leis tomorrow

As has been the custom since Grace Tower Warren and Don Blanding began the observance of Lei Day in 1928, aloha shirts, muumuus and leis will be the garb of the day tomorrow.

Throughout the Islands each year on May Day, schools and other institutions present their May programs and lei contests.

The Oahu Lei Contest, sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation, will be judged tomorrow and the leis will be on display at the Waikiki Shell from 1 to 9 p.m.

Prizes totaling $650 will be awarded to  lei makers in different categories.

Darlene Bakke, this year’s lei queen, will reign over the festivities including music, hula dancing and pageantry, to be held at the Shell.

A demonstration of kahili making—kahilis were the standard of royalty in Old Hawaii—will be given from 9 to 11 a.m. on the Shell lawn. Continue reading

More from Evelyn Desha and Steven Desha Jr., 1944.

Our Day

THE CALM SEAS [of Kona]

Kealakekua, Monday, May 1, 1944. At Mokuaekaua [Mokuaikaua], Kailua, was where our prayer was yesterday, and it was carried out as usual. The Holy Communion [ahaaina a ka Haku] was carried out with great reverence. There were some malihini as well who came to this worship. Continue reading

A mele for Princess Kaiulani composed by Mrs. Kala, 1893.

HE LEI NO KAIULANI.

He lei keia no Kaiulani
Papahi Kalaunu a o Hawaii
Ola o ka Laninuiahilapalapa
O ka wohi ku kahi a ka Lahui
Ua hui lokahi a o Europa
Kaohi i ka Ea a o Hawaii
Walohia e ka leo o Kaiulani
Ua hewa anei au e Amerika
Hoole ia ai Ko’u kuleana
I ka noho Kalaunu a o Hawaii
Aia i ka nua Hale Keokeo
Ka Hale alii i Wakinekona
E noi ana hoi me ka hopo ole
I ka ea aloha o Hawaii nei Continue reading

A lei for Liliuokalani composed by Mrs. Nahaukapu, 1894.

He Lei No Liliuokalani

He lei he wehi nou e Kalani
O Liliu i ka walu o na lani
Aia i Hawaii ko lei alii
Ka onohi kaimana o ke aupuni
Mai puni oe i ka mali a ka u’a
A ka ili puakea o Maleka
Huli mai ko alo kapu e Kalani
E aloha i ke kupa o ka aina
Aia i ka poho o ko lima
Ke ola o ka lahui Hawaii
Ua ike Makalii me Kaelo
Ua lohe ka uwila ka pae opua
A he pua o Kalani aia iluna
Ke kiekie no i Halealii
Haina ka wohi nona ka lei
O Liliu i ka walu o na lani. Continue reading