Lei Day. Once a year on May Day (the first of May) on Oahu,
the island's finest and most dedicated lei makers spend weeks
gathering materials to craft what are undoubtedly among the
world's most beautiful floral creations.
These wonderful leis are judged and prizes are awarded for
the best in each category. The leis are presented on
May Day for all to see.
What isn't as well known is that the following day,
these exquisite leis are brought to the burial place
of Hawaii's most revered alii (royalty from earlier times)
and after a moving ceremony, they are placed on the tombs
of these honored leaders.
Also, these wonderful floral creations, which the day before
were only observable from afar, are now able to be viewed
up close, handled and appreciated in a far more intimate
and multi-sensual way.
Interwoven with some state archival photos of lei making
from times past. This segment is from Try Stay, a cable
TV series shot, produced and aired exclusively in Hawaii
principally for local residents.
Beautiful audio track, Pua 'A'ala by Roy Sowders,
from his CD Kukuna Mehana used by permission.
Segment from Try Stay, cable TV series shot,
produced and aired exclusively in Hawaii
principally for local residents
~*`MAY DAY IS LEI DAY IN HAWAII`*~
`My Fondest `ALOHA` To You!
from the isle where skies are blue`
as tradewinds blow love so true!
far across the ocean blue
where `stardust` falls in honor of you!
`aloha hugs from my heart to yours`
`my special friends`