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May Day is Lei Day ... (OT)

Discussion in 'UO Sonoma' started by imported_Queen Mum, May 1, 2008.

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    May Day is Lei Day in Hawai`i
    words and music by "Red" Hawk
    copyright 1927

    May Day is Lei Day in Hawai`i
    words and music by "Red" Hawk
    copyright 1927

    Land of the flowers, of flow'ry bowers,
    In her gay dress she appears
    A sweet happy maid, may her dress never fade
    As she carries this day through the years

    May Day is Lei Day in Hawai`i
    Garlands of flowers ev'ry where
    All of the colors in the rainbow
    Maidens with blossoms in their hair
    Flowers that mean we should be happy
    Throwing aside our load of care, Oh!
    May Day is Lei Day in Hawai`i
    Lei Day is happy day out there.

    Land of green mountains, gardens and fountains
    Beaches of white shining sand
    Where each one I see has a smile just for me
    And has ready a welcoming hand

    May Day is Lei Day in Hawai`i
    Garlands of flowers ev'ry where
    All of the colors in the rainbow
    Maidens with blossoms in their hair
    Flowers that mean we should be happy
    Throwing aside our load of care, Oh!
    May Day is Lei Day in Hawai`i
    Lei Day is happy day out there.

    [/ QUOTE ]</center><font color=00008B>Keikis (children) throughout the islands sing this song on May first. It's a day of celebration, Ho'olaule'a--a time to remember traditions and honor a rich, thriving culture and heritage.

    An abundance of good kau kau (food), music and laughter are shared with loved ones. Numerous hula (dance) pageants take place. Everyone wears their best attire: aloha shirts, mu'umu'us or holukus (long dresses). Fragrant flowers are worn as leis around the neck, or in ladies' hair as haku, woven head leis.

    A sight to behold is the statue of King Kamehameha the Great, standing outside the Iolani Palace. Hundreds of leis are draped over the figure's outstretched arms, paying homage to the great warrior and sovereign who united the Hawaiian Islands.


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