May Day is Lei Day

  • This flower arrangement by Voltaire Moise is an example of what can be created from your garden abundance. Leis for May Day and flowers for Mother’s Day gifts are just some ideas to consider for that special person. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

May Day is Lei Day but in Hawaii nei, we celebrate flowers of all kinds all year long. Traditionally, everyone should be wearing flowers. Fragrant Plumeria, pikake, tuberose, puakenekene and orchid leis are appropriate gifts today since it is Mother’s Day weekend. Gals and even guys may wear flowers in their hair here. Of course in islands to the south like Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga, you will see islanders adorned with flowers all year long. Tropical Polynesia is well known for using flowers instead of expensive jewels for adornment. That is why folks fill their gardens with flowering shrubs and trees so that they will have an abundant supply at any time.