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May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii – Hawaii Events 2020

30 March 2020 · Categories: Art & Lifestyle, Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events, Oahu Community, Oahu History

This year marks the 93rd Annual Lei Day celebration in the Hawaiian Islands. The tradition highlights the art and craftsmanship of lei makers, allowing them to demonstrate their skill and beautiful artwork. By showcasing a unique element of local culture, May Day honors the rich history of the Hawaiian people.

Lei Day began in 1927 with just a few people wearing lei in downtown Honolulu. The holiday has since grown into a recognized event complete with organized exhibits, competitions, and festivities. Today, Lei Day features lei making demonstrations, lei contests, and live entertainment from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association. By dedicating a day to the celebration of local artists, Lei Day provides a moment of reflection and appreciation for the beauty of Hawaii and its culture. So remember, May 1st is a day to give and receive lei and ultimately a day to spread the Aloha spirit!

This year marks the 93rd Annual Lei Day celebration in the Hawaiian Islands. The tradition highlights the art and craftsmanship of lei makers, allowing them to demonstrate their skill and beautiful artwork. By showcasing a unique element of local culture, May Day honors the rich history of the Hawaiian people.

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Honoring Price Kuhio

Prince Kuhio Day on March 26 celebrates the life and legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Prince Kuhio was a member of Hawaiian royalty and next in line for the throne when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown. Rather than abandon his royal status, Prince Kuhio worked hard to ensure the future success of the Hawaiian people. He is remembered to this day for his unwavering support of his people in times of both peace and unrest.

Born on the island of Kauai, Kuhio was orphaned at the age of 13 and adopted by Queen Kapiolani and her husband, King David Kalakaua. His education consisted of the Royal School and Punahou School on Oahu. Two years after the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani, 25-year-old Kuhio participated in a rebellion that resulted in a prison sentence of one year. Upon his release, he married his fiancée, Elizabeth Kahanu Ka’auwai, and set off to travel around Europe and America.

Returning to the recently annexed state of Hawaii, Prince Kuhio pursued a career in politics. It was as a member of Congress that he made his greatest impact on Hawaii. Prince Kuhio served as Hawaii’s representative in Congress from 1903 until his death in 1922. His most lasting contribution came in the form of the Hawaiian Homes Act of 1920, which provided native Hawaiians land upon which to build homes and live.

The statue of the Prince, cemented in Waikiki in 2002, forever enshrined the ideals that he stood for. His unwavering support for the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and protection of Hawaiian people earned him the title, “Prince of the People.” On the state holiday of Kuhio Day, the state of Hawaii recognizes the role Prince Kuhio played in securing a prosperous future for the Hawaiian people.

Prince Kuhio Day on March 26 celebrates the life and legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Prince Kuhio was a member of Hawaiian royalty and next in line for the throne when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown. Rather than abandon his royal status, Prince Kuhio worked hard to ensure the future success of the Hawaiian people. He is remembered to this day for his unwavering support of his people in times of both peace and unrest.

Diamond Head Theater

23 October 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Diamond Head, Diamond Head Theater

Aliiolani Hale, 1888 (PPWD-1-7-017)

The Diamond Head Theater is affectionately known as the Broadway of the Pacific. Thousands have attended plays at theatre over the years. However, did you know it’s the third oldest continuously operating theatre in the entire United States? Its roots can actually be traced to 1915, when a theatrical group called The Footlights was formed. […]

Dairymen’s Waialae Ranch

16 October 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Waialae Kahala, Waialae Ranch

Meadow Gold Dairies (84733)

The dairy at Waialae Ranch continued alongside the golf course as the area redeveloped and in 1946, it became the Dairymen’s Waialae Ranch when it was purchased by Creameries of America. Creameries of America would become Meadow Gold a few years later. Dairymen’s was the largest dairy on Oahu and produced over 2 million quarts […]

Fort Ruger

09 October 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Diamond Head, Kaimuki

Fort Ruger, Kaimuki, Oahu, 1914 (PPWD-11-7-023)

Before World War I, military strategists anticipated that enemy ships would approach the islands and fire on the city. To defend the territory, the Army ringed the coast with gun batteries. With its panoramic view from Barber’s Point to Koko Head, they saw Diamond Head as an ideal vantage point. The U.S. Army bought Diamond […]

Waialae Golf Course

02 October 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Waialae Golf Course, Waialae Kahala, Waialae Ranch

Waialae_Golf_Course

In the 1920s, Waialae became the third leg in a Grand Scheme developed by the Territorial Hotel Company. Their idea was to bring wealthy tourists to Hawaii on luxury liners and have them stay at luxury hotels – the Moana Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian. For recreation, a golf course and tennis facilities would be […]

Mark Twain Returns to Hawaii

18 September 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Diamond Head

'Waikiki Beach in Sunlight' by D. Howard Hitchcock, 1896

Mark Twain first visited Hawaii in 1866 as a reported for the Sacramento Union. When he returned to Hawaii in 1895, he was moved by the sight of Diamond Head as his ship approached Oahu. He wrote: “On the seventh day out (to sea) we saw a dim vast bulk standing up out of the […]

In and Around Diamond Head

11 September 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park

Waikikishell

The Waikiki Shell The Waikiki Shell was build in 1956 for concerts and events. It seats 2,400 and the lawn can hold another 6,000. The outdoor arena resembles the Hollywood Bowl which was built in 1928. http://www.waikiki-shell.com. The Honolulu Zoo The Honolulu Zoo occupies 42 acres of Kapiolani Park. It is the only zoo in […]

The Waialae Ranch

04 September 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Waialae Kahala, Waialae Ranch

Ad: Waialae Breeding Ranch| Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project http://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/

The Waialae Ranch The first development in Waialae-Kahala was the Waialae Ranch, built by a Captain Ross in the 1850s. Very little is known about the place until Daniel Paul Rice Isenberg, bought the lease in 1888. His friends called him Paul Jr. or Paulo Li’ili’i. Paul Isenberg’s ranch became one of the largest estates on […]

The Origins of Kapiolani Park

28 August 2016 · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: Kapiolani Park

View in Kapiolani Park about 1900

King David Kalakaua and Queen Esther Kapiolani built Kapiolani Park in 1877. The Star-Bulletin said “the land became a park specifically because it wasn’t considered suitable for anything else, and because of it’s peculiar climate — it’s one of the few places on Oahu where rain almost never falls. And because King Kalakaua loved the […]

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