Hanalei School was full of even more color, life and aloha spirit yesterday than usual…
As they celebrated their annual May Day, “Nani Hanalei” (Beautiful Hanalei), and as promised, I was there with my camera to capture it for you.
Max and a few of his cute classmates were ready for their performance.
This is Max with his lovely second grade teacher, Ms. Kauo.
This is Kumu Mala. Kumu means teacher.
The students learn their traditional hulas and chants from
Kumu Mala, and make leis to show her their Mahalo (Thanks).
This is Makai and Lily.
They were the Escort and Princess for Max’s second grade class.
Dressed in orange, representing the island of Lana’i.
This is Brittain, a sixth grader, and this year’s Queen.
And here are a few of our personal favorite Princesses…
Madison, in yellow, representing the island of Oahu…
Lily, pictured above with Makai…
Sydney, dressed in white, representing the island of Ni’ihua.
And here are some of our favorite performers of the day…
Max, using ’Ili’ili (stone castanets), one of many traditional
instruments used in hula.
Kashten, in “Hula Kauai No Kaumuali’i”…
Sydney, (not the same as Princess Sydney, above)…
Kyle, performing a New Zealand warrior dance…
And not sure the name of this tiny, little kindergartener.
But she was so darn cute doing the “Taro Patch Twist”.
The final performance is the sixth grade girls, with a Tahitian dance to Tahitian drums.
Hope you enjoyed this colorful day!
Our day ended on the beach of Hanalei Bay, with many of the friends pictured above and their families, along with our traditional bonfire, sunset, and cocktails.
For more on May Day visit my May 1st post, May Day is Lei Day.
“May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i, garlands and flowers everywhere.
All of the colors of the rainbow, maidens with blossoms in their hair, flower that mean we should be happy, throwing aside our load of care.
O, May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i, May is happy day out here”.