The 8th Annual Lei Day celebration was a beautiful event held at the East Hawai'i Cultural Center in Hilo yesterday. Music, hula, crafts, food, lei demonstrations, vendors, storytelling and lei everywhere!
This was scheduled as a Zero Waste event and Recycle Hawai'i was on hand as one of the sponsors. One of the craft vendors was an old friend...Glenn Okuma the Coconut Trader with an attractive display of some of his wares... We met someone who lives just a couple of miles from us, Cymber Lily who entertained us with lovely harp music..and a host of talented musicians and dancers who all performed graciously donating their time for free...Please go to the Lei Day website and at the very bottom of the page you can read about the kokua and wonderful aloha shown by all of the participants in this event who donated of their time and talent to ensure the day was a success.
Randy Lee demonstrated throughout the day how to weave different style lei. Lei can be made of almost any material; of course flowers, greenery, seeds, feathers, shells and anything that can be strung together or woven. For this particular lei, Randy used 'ohia tips and buds and bits of the wawa'iole club moss fern. Randy was wearing a lei made from a double strand of shells and his hat band, or lei papale, was also made made by him using shells...down below you will see a larger detail of his shell lei papale.
Her Floral Majesty, Lei Day Queen 2012 Hokulani "Aunty Sammi" Fo who graciously reigned among friends, hula students and admirers.
Lei, lei, lei! Everyone is wearing lei!
From top clockwise: Queen "Aunty Sammi" wearing a seed lei and fresh flower lei; Randy Lee's shell lei papale; harpist Cymber Lily wears a feather lei po'o or head lei and feather lei...a guest was wearing a stunning lei made from blue jade vine blooms and underneath she also wore a lei made from white butterfly ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium); photographer Rita French wearing a sweet smelling puakenikeni lei; display of assorted lei made from recycled materials by Recycle Hawai'i and Brenda Cloutier, our hostess for the Queen's Tea wearing an orchid lei, a puakenikeni lei and a big smile!
Another beautiful tradition...wearing flowers in our hair...
The delicious food was served on pieces of ti leaves and cloth napkins and eaten with compostable chopsticks...part of the Zero Waste effort... From top clockwise: gluten free banana bread; Insalata Caprese (fresh tomatoes, basil and homemade mozzarela); sweet cream dip for fresh fruit served in the hollowed out bottom of a pineapple; fresh pinapple pieces; assortment of delicious teas; photo of a small serving of food on a piece of ti leaf; kalua pork in slow cooker; fresh strawberries and fresh veggies (tomatoes, green bell peppers, yakon, cucumbers and carrots) and nasturtiums served with homemade cheese dip.
The event closed at 3 pm with the singing by everyone of Hawai'i Aloha!
...with much aloha, I leave you with the music and voice of Bruddah Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - May 20, 1959 - June 26, 1997) singing Hawai'i Aloha along with a bunch of people on a beach somewhere in Hawai'i nei...