“May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei.” 

Only in Hawaii is Lei Day a cultural and historical celebration.
For elementary school kids, May Day is a day where parents come to see their children
perform songs, race in relays, and represent the islands of the Hawaiian chain in the school court.
Even though it’s a carefree day, it is also a history lesson through song.



The history behind this day comes from a man called Don Blanding, a writer and poet,
who first suggested that a holiday should be dedicated to the beautiful Hawaiian
tradition of making and wearing lei. But it was Grace Tower Warren, also a writer,
who came up with the idea that the holiday should coincide with May Day.
And so since the first Lei Day on May 1, 1928,
Hawaii has continued the annual celebration to this very day.