May Day, Honokaa style, 1942.

[Found under: “Meahou O Na Kohala Ame Hamakua”]

At the Park of Honokaa High School in the morning of thr coming Friday, that being the 1st of May, called May Day and Lei Day, will be held a celebration of LEI DAY.

That man famous for his musical compositions who came to Hilo some years ago, named Don Blanding, is the one who pushed the idea of saying Lei Day along with May Day. His idea for this day was for everyone across the islands to wear a lei, for the reason that lei in Hawaii, lei symbolize—”ALOHA.” Continue reading

Honokaa School May Day, 1942.

MAY DAY & LEI DAY

Honokaa School Park
Friday, May 1, 1942

Mr. Herman Larsgard, Principal
Mrs. Hattie L. S. Reinhardt, Chairman
Mr. Roy Mitsuka, Announcer
Miss Sueko Higashi, Information & Phone
Mr. Robert Main, Carpenter, Stage

9:30–11:30 A. M.

Sound of bugles or shell horns announcing the
Appearance of May Queen, Miss Hannah Akini
(Everybody clapping hands)
May Day & Lei Day Prayer, Reverend Abraham Poepoe

Sound of bugles everybody steps into his place for the
May Day & Lei Day Parade

May Day Queen leads the parade with her attendants,
followed by the rest in the other of the parade

Queen walks to her chair on the stage, her attendants stand in
their places, the Queen bids ALOHA to everybody and asks
them to sit in their places

Chant:—HOOKUPUS to the MAY QUEEN
(Queen thanks for the HOOKUPUS)

Hawaiian Hulas, Mrs. C. Hermann & Girls
Hawaiian Music, Auna Family Troupe
Impersonation, Don Blanding, originator of
Lei Day in Hawaii, Dr. C. L. Carter
Song: “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii,” The whole Honokaa School (Led by Mrs. Carl Braun)
May Day and Lei Day Cheerio, Mr. Kim and Cheer Leaders

Hawaiian Games:
Mrs. A. G. Robertson, 1A—Hawaiian Menehunes at work and disappear behind stage
Mrs. Annie Awong, 2A—Hawaiian Yo Yo
Mrs. M. Hayakawa, 1B—Gathering flowers and ti leaves
Mrs. Daisy Souza, 2B—Stringing leis
Mrs. M. Meyers, 2B—String games
Mrs. L. McGillivray, 4A—Slapping game
Mrs. H. Reinhardt, 4B—Play Pio
Mrs. E. Montgomery, 3A—Hawaiian May Pole Dance
Mr. C. Kobayashi, 3B—Uma, Skip rope
Mrs. J. Fraser, 5A—Make flower kahilis, paper capes
Mr. J. Souza, 5B—Sling shots and send runners to get the maa stone and return them to Queen
Mrs. C. Gordon, 6A—Make flower kahilis, paper capes
Mr. Robert Hayakawa, 7—Fishing: rod & line, throw net, torch fishing, hukilau
Surfing with surf boards, Spearing fish
Hawaiian School, Mrs. Hattie Reinhardt
Hawaiian Hulas & Hawaiian Songs, Auna Family Troupe
Mrs. Kekoalani & Girls
Musical Selections (8 or 10 pieces), Army Band
Leader, Sgt. Mitchell
Hawaii Ponoi
Star-Spangled Banner

ORDER OF MAY & LEI DAY PARADE

JUNIOR POLICE
American Flag
Honokaa Unit Soldiers
Majorettes (2) Juliet Paiva, Catherine Paiva & Antonina Figueroa
Army Band
Scout Boys, Elder Weeks—Scout Girls, Mrs. Virginia Torres
Mrs. A. G. Robertson, 1A Pennant “ALOHA”
Mrs. A. Awong, 1B Pennant, “LEI DAY IN HONOKAA”
Mrs. M. Hayakawa, 2A, Pennant, “MAY DAY IN HONOKAA”
Mrs. D. Souza, 2B, Pennant, “Hauoli Kakou”
Mrs. M. Meyers, 2B, Pennant, “MINOAKA”
Mrs. Montgomery, 3A, Pennant, “HULA HULA”
Mr. C. Kobayashi, 6B, Pennant, “Penei Hoi”
Mrs. L. McGillivray, 4A, Pennant, “Auwe Nohoi Oe”
Mrs. H. L. Reinhardt, 4B, Pennant, “Lanakila”
Mrs. J. Fraser, 5A, Pennant, “Hele Malie”
Mrs. J. Souza, 5B, Pennant, “MANAOLANA”
Mr. R. Hayakawa, 7, Pennant, “Lawaia”
7th grade and teacher,
8th grade and teacher,
9th grade and teacher,
10th grade and teacher,
11th grade and teacher,
12th grade and teacher.
Scouts lead Army to bleachers and all the children to their seats on bleachers.

Mr. I Fukuda, Type Programs
Miss M. Genung, Girl Reserves
Mrs. M. Chen, Make ilima paper leis
Mrs. H. Spalding, Red Cross
Mrs. Kobatake, Majorettes (Juliette Paiva & Sisters)
Miss Takano, Make paper leis
Mrs. C. Braun, Make paper ilima leis
Mrs. Ethel Blackadar, Chairman, Decorate Stage
Mr. Yamauchi, Mr. K. Hayakawa, Janitors, Helpers
Mrs. Mollison & Mrs. Torres, Prepare May Day Lunch
Mr. R. Kim, Pennants

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/29/1942, p. 4)

MAY DAY & LEI DAY

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVII, Number 1, Aoao 4. Apelila 29, 1942.