Lei Day Celebration (91st Annual)

May 01, 2018
The first Lei Day was in 1927 (the Academy Awards began in 1929) and celebrated in downtown Honolulu with a few people wearing lei. From that it grew and more and more people began to wear lei on May 1. We are told that the first celebration and exhibit of lei was at the Bank of Hawa‘i. In 1928, the first lei queen was Nina Bowman. Mayor Charles Arnold crowned Lei Queen Nina Bowman here in Honolulu.
May 1, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Various entertainment throughout the day
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association Concert
11:00 a.m. Lei Court Investiture
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lei Exhibit Opens to the Public
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Kulana Lei
(schedule subject to change)
On May 1st of each year, this beautiful event is at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Oahu

Kapiolani Park
2806 Monsarrat Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone Numbers
Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kaiulani Kauahi
  • Contact Organization: C&C of Honolulu Parks & Recreation