Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii...

I love May Day in Hawaii.


At Kapiolani Park there is a lei contest. The air is filled with the pungency of all the flowers, the bandstand has music playing, the lei makers and their booths are friendly and inviting. The leis are amazing.


For many years, my friends and I would attend the Brothers Cazimero concert at the Waikiki Shell. If we could not afford to go in, we would picnic outside after spending the day walking around the park and enjoying the leis.


Today, I am stranded at home with car issues. I was going to go to the festivities and take photos, video clips, save them for Travel Tip Thursday.

But all of this wonderfulness is going on and it is a beautiful day. Happy May Day to you all via YouTube. Enjoy.

25 comments:

Brian Miller said...

very cool...sounds and looks like a wonderful place to be for may day! hope you had a great one! car trouble or otherwise...

Vodka Mom said...

May?????

Thank God.........


ooxoxoxoxo

lakeviewer said...

Lovely hula charmers. Thanks for sharing with us.

only a movie said...

So cool. Thanks for sharing. Sorry about the car. :-(
But when is your last day of school? Sooooon, right? xo

Wild Child said...

Oh, how lovely to have Lei Day in Hawaii. Despite being at home, I hope you enjoyed it. We had a lovely warm day in Wisconsin, despite the extreme wind.

Kristan said...

Lei Day sounds awesome! Happy May/Lei Day! :D

Amy said...

what a fun way to bring in May.. It was great having you stop by.. Have a wonderful weekend.. Happy May..

lisleman said...

Does the rhyming of Lei and May have anything to do with it?
This and Macadamia nuts are some of the best Hawaiian things. Beaches and sunsets rate way up there too.

Cristin said...

We had a lovely May Day. All day in the garden getting filthy, playing in the dirt, getting ready for flowers.

Michele said...

The leis are beautiful and the smell, OMGosh! The smell is unbelievable. It's been over 20 years and I still remember.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Lei Day sounds much better than May Day to me. Sorry you missed the festivities. Car trouble...ACK! Hate it.

Jan said...

Oh, how rotten to be stuck at home when you want to be out and about enjoying yourself!

One of the things I remember best about my first trip to Hawaii was driving past the plumeria fields on the Big Island, and how utterly heavenly they smelled.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Car trouble, the bane of our existance!
What a lovely May day tradition. Up here the kids at school still make May baskets, and at the elementary school they trek down the hill to set a wreath of flowers into the sea.
Happy May!

TechnoBabe said...

Lots of lovely festivities in Hawaii that's for sure. Sorry your car problem kept you away from the events. Nice videos.

idgtm said...

Ohhh, I bet the lei's are so beautiful. S

idelined by car trouble is never fun.

To be in Hawaii in May would be wonderful.

Beth said...

So, you wanted to get lei'd? That sounds a whole lot more fun than dancing around a pole.

Sorry about the car acting up.

ds said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day--any day!
Sorry about your car...

Nubian said...

Sounds as though your May is as it should be ~ we're still dealing with snow/slush and rain. Have a great week.

Surfie said...

I would love to be able to spend Lei Day in Hawaii! Thanks for sharing the great videos. I can at least pretend that I was there. :)

Tracie said...

I didn't know that! I would love to be in Hawaii right now. Or anytime really. :)

blueviolet said...

You missed everything? That stinks completely! I had no idea there were that many varieties of leis as to have ribbons and awards for them. Fascinating and beautiful!

sherri said...

Love that music! I also love Hawaiian slack key guitar stuff. Did you read my Hawaaian quilt post the other day -I thought of you. And WOW - I am completely honored to be over in your sidebar! Made my day! thanks SO much, you rock.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You live such an amazing life so much of the time...such a fabulous Lei Day...so very sorry that you are stuck at home, though...that's horrible! Hope things look up soon!~ Janine XO

Casey said...

Well I hope you got your car fixed! Lei day sounds so peaceful and fun. One day I'll head over for it and we can have a few beers. :)

Mama Badger said...

I want to be your next door neighbor. Seriously. I'd drive you down to the celebration and then we'd both get to enjoy it. Sigh, Cleveland is so far from Hawaii, it's just not right.