The first day of May is Lei Day in Hawaii

The first of May is a celebration of lei in Hawaiian culture. Last year, we were fortunate to join in the annual celebration at Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club on Kauai. We enjoyed seeing a lei making competition, a royal court procession, hula and cultural presentations. See our follow up post for interesting information we learned about the Hawaiian lei.

Kapuna Janet Kahalekomo

Kupuna Janet Kahalekomo was honored with several leis.

If you visit Hawaii during Lei Day, check local papers for island events. With Lei Day falling on a Sunday this year, some annual celebrations may be observed on another day.

Here’s our video from last year’s Lei Day. (Email subscribers, click here to access the Lei Day video.)

Also, please enjoy this colorful Lei Day slideshow from our photo collection.

About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Instagram.


  1. what a beautiful, unique and interesting experience that looks like! thanks for sharing!

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