May Day Lei Day

Join us for a May Day celebration on the Main Lawn. 


8:00 am-10:00 am Drop off entry lei at Wailele Room

10:00 am-10:15 am Pule, Welcome remarks by Moana Bjur, Hi'ipaka LLC  Assistant Director

10:00 am-11:30 am Lei judging begins

Cultural Artisan & Practitioner Mākeke (market) begins

10:15 am-10:45 am Halau Ka Wai Pu’ilani

10:45 am-11:00 am Introduction of Waimea Valley Artisans/Practitioners

11:00 am-11:30 am Halau Hula Makana a Ke Aloha, Kumu La’ai Felix

11:45 am-12:30 pm Waimea Valley House Band

12:30 pm-1:00 pm Lei Contest Awards

2018 May Day Lei Contest Rules & Guidelines

There is no limit to the amount of lei(s) that any individual may enter. You must fill out an entry form for each lei. Forms can be picked up in advance at the Visitors Center or printed from home HERE

There will be two Divisions:  Makua (Adult) Lei Contest ages 18 and older and Keiki and ‘Opio (Child and Youth) Lei Contest which is open to ages 17 and under.



Lei are to be checked in at the designated receiving station at the Wailele Room from 8:00 am-9:30 am on Saturday May 5, 2017.

It is optional to donate your lei(s) to Waimea Valley which will be draped on the garden trellises of Aunty Coco’s Lei Garden in memoriam at 9:00 am on Sunday May 6, 2017 by Waimea Valley Staff.  

 It is understood that all lei entered in this year’s contest will not be allowed to be re-entered in any future Lei Contest in Waimea Valley.  

Waimea Valley will disqualify any lei not in compliance with rules, which are stated. Decisions made are final. The use of endangered plants is strictly prohibited. Any lei using endangered plants will automatically be disqualified. For a list of endangered plants please contact:

State Department of Land and Natural Resources

Forestry and Wildlife Division

1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325

Telephone: 587-0166

Website: http://

All lei entered must be made by person entering lei. Children and youth may have assistance with preparation of materials. However, entire lei when being crafted must be made by child or youth without the assistance of another person.  If there are any discrepancies, decisions made by Waimea Valley will be final.

Required Length for Lei in Each Contest: (Please leave lei open ended, do not tie closed)


Fresh Foliage Categories - required 26” not to exceed 36”

Special Category: Lei Mae‘ole – required 18” and up


Fresh Foliage Categories - required 18” not to exceed 26”

Special Category: Lei Mae‘ole – required 12” and up

 PRIZES: Contestants must be present to win. There will be cash and gift prizes.

2018 May Day Lei Contest Categories


 Makua (Adult) Lei Contest Categories


Fresh Foliage- Fern and Flowers


Single Method- using any one method of lei making to create a lei.


Mixed (2 or more methods) - using 2 or more methods to create a lei.

Special Category- Lei Mae‘ole, Never Fading Lei


Traditional-  Materials in old Hawaii that were cherished, treasured and basically only made for royalty or specific classes of people such as feathers- nā lei hulu, shells- nā lei pūpū, seeds- nā lei ‘ano‘ano and so forth.


Contemporary/Modern- You may use any type of materials that will not “fade” as fresh flowers and ferns do.  You may use more than one material in your lei.


Keiki and ‘Opio (Child and Youth) Lei Contest Categories

Fresh Foliage- Fern and Flowers    


2. Special Category- Lei Mae‘ole (Traditional and Contemporary/Modern)            

For further information regarding the Lei Contest Rules and Guidelines please contact Kaila Alva at 808-638-5859 or