Honoring the theme He Lei Poina ‘Ole Ke Keiki (“A Lei Never Forgotten is the Beloved Child”), the ‘Iolani Upper and Lower school came together on April 27th to celebrate May Day.
“When creating a lei, each flower has the mana of its creator and receives much thought. A child is similar in the way that their life choices create them,” explained Nikki Wong ‘19, who co-chaired the event with Mika Kawahara ‘18, Dylan Shiu ‘18, and Taylor Takeuchi ‘18.
King Jordan Hara ‘18 and Queen Megan Kawamura ‘18 led the May Day Court, which included a prince and princess from each of the eight Hawaiian Islands. Each prince and princess also wore a specific lei that represented their island.
The court’s king and princes performed “Lei Pakalana,” which likens the Pakalana flower to a family member. “It compares the flower to a loved one, someone who is proud and beautiful. I thought this was a good representation of who our boys are,” said Kumu Ku Souza. The Court Princesses’ performance, “‘Ohai Ali’i Kaluhea,” told the story of the blossom and the reflection of its beauty. The group dance, “Pololei ‘Oia‘i‘o,” took the audience through the Hawaiian Islands and explained their notable flower, mountains, and places. The queen’s dance, “Lei Hala,” choreographed by Megan herself and performed with flawless execution, reflected the hours of practice she has put in since the beginning of school year.
Lower School and Upper School dancers performed a number of Hula dances including “Holo Ana O Kalakaua” and “Ka‘iulani.” The kindergartners joined in by singing “Eia Makou,” led by Lower School music teacher Mrs. Megan Ellis. The Chorus performed “Telling Us the Stories,” which was originally a poem written by retired kindergarten teacher Bonnie Gravel, and put to music by Mr. John Alexander.
May Day 2018 was a beautiful program thanks to the hard work of the performers, co-chairs, and faculty. To conclude the program, students joined in a heartwarming rendition of “May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i.”