For those of you who don’t live in Hawaii, schools throughout the state hold May Day performances this time of year (preferably on May 1st, if the date works out with the school schedule).
I just got back from my 6th annual May Day show, and like the other five years, it was filled with children dressed in aloha wear wearing leis singing Hawaiian songs; playing various Hawaiian instruments such as the ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lay-lay here) and the ipu (hollowed-out gourd); and of course performing the hula.
Here are the words to the traditional song sung at the end of the May Day show:
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
Lei Day, our happy day is here