Thursday, May 28, 2009

May Day 2009, Koloa, Kauai

Koloa Elementary School May Day 2009

A tradition that started back in 1928 as a way to encourage people to wear and celebrate lei. The tradition turned into an annual celebration that is especially promoted at every school in the Hawaiian Islands. A May Day king and queen and it’s court are chosen from among the school children to reign over the festivities. The court consists of an island princess and her kahili bearer that represent each of the 8 hawaiian islands. The remaining school children then perform Hawaiian songs and dances, usually by class, in honor of the May Day celebration. Yesterday, Koloa Elementary school held their annual May Day celebration, and I am always honored when they ask me to emcee and help out with the music.