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May Day celebrations as we know them with royal courts dressed in their island colors, wearing their island lei, find their origins in the first lei contest held on May 1, 1928 - referred to as Lei Day.

Lei Day is inspired by a song for Hi'iakaikapoliopele

April 30, 2017

Contributed by Nadine Lagaso

Nā Mele Lei

Please join the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana at Nā Mele Lei – A Kanikapila Sing-Along! Learn about the backgrounds of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs with lyrics and chords projected on screen. Bring your friends and family, and most importantly – your voices – for an enjoyable evening of music-making. Wear a lei if you’d like!

Nā Mele Lei – A Kanikapila Sing-Along!

To cultivate friendships in the spirit of song, while learning about your favorite mele.

Monday, May 15, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Ululani Hale
Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Culture Center
KS Kapālama Campus

For more information, please contact Ka‘iwakīloumoku Manager Jamie Fong at 842-8655 or


Hope to see you there!

Reverend Samuel Kapū wrote “Nā Lei O Hawaiʻi,” dedicated to the goddess Hiʻiakaikapoliopele. The mele was popularized by the Kaʻahumanu Society in 1909.

Society members sang the song at the old Opera House, formerly located next to Aliʻiōlani Hale, the judiciary building.

Join the KS ‘ohana at Nā Mele Lei – A Kanikapila Sing-Along slated for the evening of May 15. Learn more below.

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