May 1 is Lei Day in all islands of Hawaii. Lei as the symbol of Hawaii have a very rich and colorful history.
The first celebration of Lei Day was held in 1927 at the bank of Hawaii. In 1928 an article by Don Blanding was published in the local newspaper where the author encouraged everyone to make a celebration around wearing and production of leis.
The holiday was officially recognized by the Queen in 1929 and since onwards it’s been celebrated on May 1. Traditionally the celebration begins in the morning at 9 a.m. The events last through the day and end at 5:30 p.m. The holiday is proceeded by the Lei Contest, that is held on May 2. Everyone can see the contest and appreciate the leis.
Each Hawaiian island has its special flower, that is why all leis differ from one another.
Leis of The Big Island are made of red blossoms of ohia tree. Pink Lokelani is the flower of Maui and O’ahu boasts llima, the golden flower, etc.The common celebration of Lei Day includes giving gifts of leis to one another. The Kings and Queens, who represent each island, are elected at schools.