For more stories on the first Lei Day, check out:
…And this post from Bishop Museum, with the first Lei Day program!:
…And one more from Kamehameha Schools’ Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group!
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)
There are about 34 cash prizes that will be awarded on Lei Day, running from $5.00 to $50.00 for the most beautiful lei entered by an individual in the contest. The exhibit will be held at Honolulu Hale, as was announced by the Lei Day committee. Continue reading
WRITES LEI DAY SONG
Mrs. Mary Robins, right, who has composed a song, “Lei Day,” which she and her daughter, Mrs. Mattie R. Caminos, sang today at the Bank of Hawaii. Continue reading
WON LEI PRIZE
Mrs. Ellen Akana who won the $25 Lei Day prize for the most beautiful entry by a lei seller. The lei was made of violets, roses and baby’s breath with maiden hair.
(Star-Bulletin, 5/7/1928, p. 5)
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)
Composer of “Honolulu Harbor”
MRS. MARY ROBBINS, the composer of “Honolulu Harbor,” the latest hit of popular Hawaiian melody, sang her own composition on the first annual Lei day of Honolulu at Bank of Hawaii on May 1. Continue reading
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
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
Pertaining to Lei Day
Put on by the Hawaiian Civic Club
The main things on the schedule for Lei Day this year were explained by Wilfred K. Hussey, the president of the Hawaiian Civic Club [kalapu Kiwila Hawaii].
The schedule is being planned out by the committee selected for that work, and chaired by Clifford H. Bowman and assisted by Peter Mehau, Charles Murray, Ernest Fernandez, Johnson Kahili and Charles Auld. Continue reading