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9th Annual
Lei Day
Celebration

1 May, 2013

Hilo, Hawai`i

Kalākaua Park

10:00am - 3:00pm

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* Calendar *
Lei Day
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May, the Month of the Lei
Events

May 1

Stan&Pii

10:00 am, Wednesday, May 1; Hilo; Kalākaua Park; May Day is Lei Day in Hawai`i: Join the fun at the 9th annual Hilo Lei Day Festival, "He Mo`olelo ko ka Lei" celebration of Hawai`i's "garlands of aloha." Event begins at 10:00 am with the decorating of the kuahu lei for Kuku`ena, goddess of lei making, and the reading of the Mayor's proclamation declaring May 1 "Lei Day in Hawai`i County" and "May the Month of the Lei in Hawai`i County." Free event. 10:00am - 3:00 pm. Call 1-808-895-0850 or e-mail Info@LeiDay.net for more information.

11:00 am, Wednesday, May 1; Hilo; Palace Theater; Hawai`iana Live! He Mo`olelo ko ka Lei - "A Story of the Lei": Learn about the lei, so emblematic of Hawai`i. This week, special guests include Her Floral Majesty, Hilo Lei Day Festival Queen Hokulani Fo and her Floral Court; Stan Kaina, and Pi`ilani Rodrigues joining Leilehua Yuen to share the meaning of the lei in Hawaiian culture and music, and a video on the crafting of the lei. Hawai`iana Live! is now in its seventh year, providing a different program each Wednesday, following the changing Hawaiian seasons, exploring different aspects of Hawaiian history and natural history. Rick Mazeraski opens the show with the resounding strains of the Palace Theater's vintage pipe organ, and shares a bit of the history of Hilo's historic Palace Theater before introducing the Palace Theater's cultural practitioners, Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah as they use hula, chant, story, and song to depict the history and culture of Hawai`i. Each Wednesday a different presentation is given at 11:00 am in the Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. $5 general admission. Keiki under 12 free. For more information, on the theater and the show, call 934-7010.

May 3

Friday, May 3; Hilo; Pali Room; Lei Day Paniolo Ball - "Lei Hapa Pua Sepania" - by CJ's: Celebrating Hawai`i's Hispanic heritage and the contributions of the Mexican Vaquero. Live Paniolo Country music Michael Strand Band, Classic Rock and Roll by Ol' Scool Band. Special cameo appearance by Leilehua Yuen & Manu Josaih. Contests! Most Traditional Señiorita, Most Traditional Señior, Best Looking Cowgirl, Best Lookng Cowboy, and Saloon Girl! Pali Room at the Naniloa, doors open 7:30, dancing starts at 8:00 $10 in advance, $15 at door. Tickets available at CD Wizard, Naniloa Hotel after April 15. BYOP - Bring Your own Pupus. To make group reservations of 8 or 10 call Pepe Romero at 1-808-938-9714. The fun continues on to. . . .

Ukulele

May 4

Saturday, May 4; CJs at the Pali Room Celebrating the Disco Era - featuring music of the 70s and 80s with live band and DJs! Pali Room at the Naniloa, doors open 7:30, dancing starts at 8:00$10 in advance,$15 at door. Tickes available at CD Wizard, Naniloa Hotel after April 15. BYOP - Bring Your own Pupus. To make group reservations of 8 or 10 call Pepe Romero at 1-808-938-9714.

May 5

Sunday, May 5 - Saturday May 11 - This year's festival kicks off on Sunday, May 5th with a free, day-long, outdoor concert at Pohoiki. See cultural performances from Puna's hula halaus, youth from four local schools, the Puna Men's Chorus, Sean Robbins, and two other headliners to be confirmed.
On Wednesday, May 8th, we feature the Kalapana Night Market and the extraodinary Hawaiian music this venue has become known for. The night market draws people from all over the island, and this special evening will be an extra-special tribute to home-grown Hawaiian music.
Indulge yourself with dinner, shopping, and sound at our Pahoa Night Music event on Friday, May 10th. We will feature a headline act - last year we featured Medicine For the People. Come for a whole lot of fun, and let music inspire you.
Our closing concert on Saturday, May 11th, will be an intimate talk-story/concert featuring one of the top names in Hawaiian music. Last year we were proud to feature multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winners Kuana Torres Kahele and Kainani Kahaunaele for our Intimate Evening Concerts.
The Puna Music Festival is more than just entertainment. This event uniquely focuses on crowdsourcing, bridging the audience/performer divide, and Hawaiian music culture. Experiment with and develop your musical talent in one of our immersive three-day workshops. For more information, visit www (dot) kalani (dot) com/pmf

May 8

Wednesday, May 8; Hilo; Palace Theater; Hawai`iana Live! He Mo`olelo ko ka Lei - "A Story of the Lei": Learn about the lei, so emblematic of Hawai`i. This week, Leilehua and Manu share the meaning of the lei in Hawaiian culture, and a video on the crafting of the lei. Hawai`iana Live! is now in its seventh year, providing a different program each Wednesday, following the changing Hawaiian seasons, exploring different aspects of Hawaiian history and natural history. Rick Mazeraski opens the show with the resounding strains of the Palace Theater's vintage pipe organ. Quack Moor shares a bit of the history of Hilo's historic Palace Theater before introducing the Palace Theater’s cultural practitioners, Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah as they use hula, chant, story, and song to depict the history and culture of Hawai`i. Each Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. $5 general admission. Keiki under 12 free. For more information, on the theater and the show, call 934-7010.

Leilehua with ki`i hula

May 15

Wednesday, May 15; Hilo; Palace Theater; Hawai`iana Live! He Mo`olelo ko ka Lei - "A Story of the Lei": Learn about the lei, so emblematic of Hawai`i. Rick Mazeraski opens the show with the resounding strains of the Palace Theater's vintage pipe organ. Quack Moor shares a bit of the history of Hilo's historic Palace Theater before introducing the Palace Theater’s cultural practitioners, Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah as they use hula, chant, story, and song to depict the history and culture of Hawai`i. Hawai`iana Live! is now in its seventh year, providing a different program each Wednesday, following the changing Hawaiian seasons, exploring different aspects of Hawaiian history and natural history. Each Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. $5 general admission. Keiki under 12 free. For more information, on the theater and the show, call 934-7010.

May 18

Saturday, May 18; Mauna Kea; Visitor Information Station Conference Room; Malalo i ka Po Lani Culture Night; 8th Annual "I'll Weave a Lei of Stars for You" Lei Day / May the Month of the Lei presentation: Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah, with Hālau LeiManu, present the history, traditions and culture of the lei through story, chant, song, and hula. After the program, join the star party on the Onizuka Center lanai! For more details on this event, links for safety information, and driving, visit the Institute for Astronomy website. 6:00 p.m. Free.

May 21

Monday, May 21; 2012; Puna Makai; Kalani Retreat Center; Hawai`i Culture Series: Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah - Hawaiian Music and Instruments - For more information, visit www (dot) kalani (dot) com/pmf

May 22

Wednesday, May 22; Hilo; Palace Theater; Hawai`iana Live! He Lei Hapa `Ilikini- "A Half-Indian Lei": Learn about the lei, so emblematic of Hawai`i. This week, Leilehua and Manu share stories of the lei as a metaphor of the blending of peoples and cultures in Hawai`i. Rick Mazeraski opens the show with the resounding strains of the Palace Theater's vintage pipe organ. Quack Moor shares a bit of the history of Hilo's historic Palace Theater before introducing the Palace Theater’s cultural practitioners, Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah as they use hula, chant, story, and song to depict the history and culture of Hawai`i. Video on the crafting of the lei. Hawai`iana Live! is now in its seventh year, providing a different program each Wednesday, following the changing Hawaiian seasons, exploring different aspects of Hawaiian history and natural history. Each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. $5 general admission. Keiki under 12 free. For more information, on the theater and the show, call 934-7010.

Do you have a Lei Day or lei-related event you would like to post in our calendar? E-mail info@leiday.net.