Free Event: Lei Day Hawaii 2012

Every year, Hawaii celebrates Lei Day with a free event featuring musicians, artists, and performers. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Kapiolani Bandstand in Waikiki from 9 am – 5:30 pm. The 85th annual Lei Day Hawaii festival was announced by Mayor Peter Carlisle and Gary Cabato, Department of Parks and Recreation Director. “I continue to be impressed on how important Lei Day is to us,” said Mayor Carlisle. “This wonderful event perpetuates the very essence of what makes our state and our island unique in the world.”

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 9 am – 5:30 pm Kapiolani Bandstand, Waikiki Free event

Lei U’i Onaona (Sweet Lei of Youth)

This year’s theme is “Sweet Lei of Youth”, or Lei U’i Onaona in the Hawaiian language. Steel Guitar and Hawaiian Music Concert: 10 am – 3pm The Lei exhibit (1 pm – 5:30 pm) proves itself year after year to be one of Hawaii’s most exquisite collection of leis. A variety of colors, techniques, and materials are showcased by artists at the festival. New this year is Kûlana Lei (10 am to 5 pm), a showcase of Hawaiian artisans who will share their skills with exhibits and demonstrations. The showcase invites children to visit with Tûtû (grandmother) at Tûtû’s Hale, where childen will hear stories and play Hawaiian games and songs. Other arts and crafts include hula, lei making, and lauhala weaving. The Lei Day event will also feature the coronation of Lei Queen Pômaika’inokeakua Lenore Klein and her court: First Princess Kalai Sina Chow, Second Princess Christian Lei U’i Kaholokula, and Princesses Catelin Kawahinekoa Aiwohi, Lorene Yoshimi Gima, and Courtney Ellen Lynn Ku’uleilani Lynch.

Lei Day Hawaii Complete Events Schedule

9:00-9:50 a.m. Royal Hawaiian Band 10:00-10:50 a.m. Nâ Wahine O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu’uwai 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Investiture Ceremony for the 2012 Lei Queen & Court 12:30 p.m. Official Opening of the Lei Contest Exhibit 12:45-1:30 p.m. Kapena 1:45-2:30 p.m. Weldon Kekauoha 2:45-3:30 p.m. Mana’o Company 3:45-4:30 p.m. Hâlau Hula ‘O Hôkûlani 4:45-5:30 p.m. Nesian N.I.N.E. 5:30 p.m. Announcements and Closing For more information, please visit or call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 768-3041.

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