Lei Day with Kauai Museum is now hosted by the Kauai Marriott – where they have more space. Different location, same beautiful leis.
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii…as the song goes…and the Kauai Museum puts on a fragrant and colorful celebration of this uniquely Hawaiian festivity. This once a year tradition is one of my favorite island festivals. I absolutely love looking at all of the leis crafted by expert lei makers. The museum sponsors a lei making contest and entrants can choose from a variety of categories to enter – by color, style, use or material. After the leis have been judged, the museum opens its doors to the public for free – but they do happily accept donations.
Photos are allowed, so bring your cameras. You won’t see this many amazing leis in one place anywhere else on Kauai.
Visitors can also make their own leis, and watch leis being made. There are also vendors and food booths on site.
At the end of the event, leis are auctioned off, so if you have the right timing, you might just walk away with one of these masterpieces!
On a side note, I grew up competing in the children’s lei day contest – which they still have today. I also placed in the ti leaf division (seen below, but not from the year I entered). While my schedule is now a little too busy and the competition is a little too fierce, it is still an event that I look forward to each year.