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May Day in Honolulu is all about the flowers!

It's all about the flowers and the music. People will be humming the tune of "May Day is Lei Day" and the radio will have it on different stations -- eith recorded or via a live broadcast from somewhere across the chain of Hawaiian Islands.   It's this way every year and every year we look forward to it.

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
Garlands of flowers everywhere
All of the colors in the rainbow
Maidens with blossoms in their hair

Flowers that mean we should be happy
Throwing aside a load of care
Oh, May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
May Day is happy days out there

Lei making in Waikiki

When I was growing up, May 1st was always the traditional day when there would be flowers and leis everywhere and all of the schools would have their May Day programs where each grade level would perform some kind of hula or other appropriate number. But, in more recent years the trials and tribulations that cause us all to readjust or reinvent our schedules has extended to the public education system as well. 

Some schools have their May Day programs on April 27th while others have them in the weeks that follow or even on the weekends. Parents may take the day off from work to watch their children perform.  It's a local tradition!  I, for one, don't mind spreading it out over the whole month -- we can take advantage of this and enjoy the pretty floral photos! 

More leis at the airport

For now, here's wishing everyone a Happy May Day!