May 1st is “Lei Day” in Hawai‘i, a day that honours the aloha spirit of love and sharing and the Hawaiian tradition of friendliness and hospitality. It also marks the start of summer in The Hawaiian Islands.
Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania’s Country Manager Ashlee Galea said, “In the islands on Lei Day we celebrate and enjoy Hawaiian culture, hula, music, lei making demonstrations, exhibits and contests.”
A lei is a garland or necklace of fresh flowers, seeds, shells or nuts, created as a gift and given in Hawai‘i as a token of love, congratulations, welcome or farewell. A lei is a tangible representation of Aloha, a symbol of that special warmth that is felt throughout The Hawaiian Islands, and can be worn or given for no other reason than just because.
Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania invites you to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alohadownunder for your special lei (see attached) this Friday. Join us by sharing the spirit of aloha and the meaning behind this day with your family and friends, as we could all do with a little more aloha (love)!