May 1 ~  Leis of Aloha Classic Surf Picture Portfolio

"My lei of stars is there in the heavens adorning the skies above."
(Aia ku'u lei hoku i ka lani E kahiko ia luna e) ~ Puakea Nogelmeiser

purple lei of aloha

"May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii... Garlands of flowers everywhere...All of the colors of the Rainbow..." (Red Hawke, 1928)

In the May Day spirit of honoring Flora, the goddess of flowers with maypole dancing and festivals, May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii.

On this special day, beautiful leis are made, worn, given, displayed and entered in lei-making contests: Orchids... plumerias... carnations... tubarose... ilima...and my favorite, pikake. Brilliant colors and fragrant garlands of love, friendship, and Aloha. Sweetness complete.

Lei Day, a celebration of life with hula and song, is dedicated to the lei as a symbol of Hawaiian beauty and culture. With the spirit and special blessings of Aloha, the giving of a lei, accompanied by a kiss on the cheek, speaks of the island philosophy of kindness and love.

A lei given sings of special relationships, deep feelings and emotions. A necklace of flowers that vibrate welcome, a precious thank you, and a magical gift from the heart.

More HAWAII Quotations | Song: May Day, Kapiolani Park 2009

alohaMay you keep the spirit of aloha in your heart.