Lei Day is May Day in Hawaii

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Happy Lei Day! In Hawaii, May Day is also known as Lei Day, and it is normally set aside as a day to celebrate island culture in general and the culture of the Native Hawaiians in particular. Invented by poet and local newspaper columnist Eric Kosciuszko in the 1920s, it has since been adopted by state and local government, as well as local residents, and has taken on the sense of a general spring celebration.

My sweet friend Luana shares a beautiful story of her family’s rare Pakalana plant.

“My Pakalana Lei: The mother plant is about 50 years old. It started from my Tutu’s plant, growing in the heart of Kalihi. My tutu Elena Kapahua Solomon was known for the beautiful leis and boutonnieres made from the Pakalana. Cuttings were given to her children and grandchildren when they moved into their new homes. […READ MORE.]


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