Today is May 1st. In Hawaiʻi, we celebrate May Day today! “Wear a lei, give a lei,” we like to say.
Almost every school here has some type of May Day performance. I am struck, once again, by how lucky I am to work at the same school my kids attend, since this means I will be present for their performances. The school is currently practicing for their May Day performance this Friday and it is probably one of the most highly attended events. And I love it. My son’s class will be dancing to the song Ulupalakua about a place in Maui where the cowboys lived. My daughter’s class is dancing to a Tahitian song and also playing in the ukulele band.
I love seeing all the lei and flowers that the kids wear. I love seeing them sing and dance all their Hawaiian mele or songs. I love having them learn a little bit more about their culture. May Day in Hawaiʻi is unlike any other event and I am so proud of this celebration of all things Hawaiian!
Happy May Day!