Photo: Fire Captain J. Todd at Lei Draping Ceremony
Fire Captain J. Todd at the 2011 lei draping in Honolulu. - Photo: Courtesy Steve Forman

Above Photo: Fire Captain J. Todd at the 2011 lei draping in Honolulu. – Photo: Courtesy Steve Forman

Commemoration of 200th Anniversary of King Kamehameha I Passing

May 8, 5 a.m.

The board of Directors of the non-profit Ahu‘ena Heiau Inc. have initiated planning efforts to commemorate the 200th anniversary of King Kamehameha the Great’s passing. Kahu Kealoha Ka‘opua and Kauhane Heloca will lead a procession of chanters and Royal Societies starting at 5:00 am from Hale Hālāwai and proceeding along Ali‘i Drive to Ka‘ahumanu fronting Kailua Pier and leading to a sunrise (5:55 am) ceremony with appropriate protocols at Ahu‘ena Heiau. Arriving at Ahu‘ena Heiau, the procession will be met by Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club’s convoy of canoes in Kamakahonu Bay. The procession of chanters and Royal Societies will face Hualālai and the Kahu will lead the Royal Order Kamehameha I Moku o Kona in the chant E Ala Ë at sunrise. Presentation of ho‘okupu by the Royal Societies and others will follow. In addition to the Royal Order of Kamehameha I Moku o Kona, ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu’s Kona, Waimea and Kohala chapters are participating with the Daughters of Hawai‘i. Other Hawaiian societies, cultural entities, civic clubs and others are invited to attend and present ho‘okupu. Chanters wishing to participate are invited to contact Kealoha Ka‘opua by May 1 via email or by calling 808-895-6487 for more detailed event information. Cultural groups and others wanting to present ho‘okupu are encouraged to call Ahu‘ena Heiau Board Chair Tom Hickcox at 808-756-0756. Ali‘i Drive will be closed from Hualālai Road to Ka‘ahumanu Place on Wednesday, May 8 from 4:15 am to 5:30 am. Free. Kamakahonu Bay in Kona’s Historic Kailua Village.

92nd Annual Lei Day Celebration

May 1, 9am to 5:30pm

The annual Lei Day Celebration will provide a venue, where one day of the year is set aside to celebrate the skill and artistry of Hawai‘i’s finest lei makers. The celebration will feature the annual Lei Court, as well as local entertainers and more! The Lei Contest Exhibit is open to the public from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Wonder at the most exquisite lei from various variety of colors, methods and styles. In addition to crafts and lei, food vendors will also be in the park all day long. Free. Kapi‘olani Park, O‘ahu.

Hawai‘i’s Finest May Day on the great lawn

May 1, 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Hawaii’s Finest presents their annual May Day event – an evening featuring culture and music. The event features entertainers Raiatea, Weldon K. , Na Hoa, Liam Punahele, Na Wai Eha, Kapena, and a bunch of special guests. Also enjoy the culture with Hula and numerous local vendors. An evening full of food, drinks, festivities and music.

Doors 4:00pm; Music 4:30pm; all ages welcome. Complimentary general admission: must register online at:

Photo: Robert Cazimero
Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero. – Photo: Courtesy

Cazimero Lei Day Concert

May 3, 7:30 to 10pm

Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero returns this with his ever-popular Lei Day event, along with the musicians and dancers from his Merrie Monarch Festival-winning Hālau Nā Kamalei. Enjoy the smooth talent of Robert Cazimero, along with contemporary Hawaiian music and hula performances. Ho‘onanea pre-show festivities start at 5:30 pm, with local craft vendors and live music in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. Beautiful, fragrant lei will be available for purchase. Tickets: $12, $28, $40, $65 (plus applicable fees); 10% discount for MACC members and half-price kids 12 and under. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater.

Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival 2019 presented by Bank of Hawaii

May 4-5, 10am to 5pm

Storytellers from far and wide won’t want to miss the 14th annual Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival. There will be 150 events throughout the two-day festival, introducing Hawai‘i’s multicultural heritage to the world through its literary and musical arts. Festival-goers can look forward to readings, presentations and book-signings by local, national and internationally published authors; music and hula performances by award-winning Hawai‘i artists and hula halau; storytellers, youth performers and other entertainment for the festival’s youngest audiences; the popular Bank of Hawaii Book Swap; and bookseller and publisher booths. A multi-ethnic, open-air food court keeps festival-goers fueled as they take in a weekend of books, ideas and music. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs proudly sponsors this event. Free. Honolulu’s Frank F. Fasi Civic Center.

La‘au Lapa‘au Workshop

May 4, 10am -3pm

Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Öiwi is hosting its 2019 series of La‘au Lapa‘au Workshops to provide the opportunity to learn about ancient Hawaiian healing practices of La‘au Lapa‘au, Ho‘oponopono, Lomilomi Ha Ha, and La‘au Kahea. These workshops will be led by Po‘okela Ikaika Dombrigues, who emphasizes the importance of empowering people to learn to improve their health with a focus on mind, body, and spirit. Workshop participants will learn the practice of using herbs and plants to heal the body. Over 3,500 different types of laau can be used to treat a multitude of health conditions including: hypertension, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and stress. Light refreshments are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Free. Old Kona Airport Special Events Pavilion. To learn more, contact the Hui Mālama at (808) 969-9220 or visit

Kaha Native Plant Garden

May 11, 9am to 12pm

Willing to help out? Volunteers at Kaha Garden are taught to: identify native and Invasive plants, properly propagate and plant different species to maximize their ecological benefits, and how to properly remove invasive species. Community workdays are held every other month. This event is ideal for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers are asked to wear shoes and work clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and work gloves if you would like them. All tools will be provided. Please RSVP to Jamie Miller at to reserve your spot and receive more information about this work day. We look forward to hearing from you! Free. Kawainui Marsh Neighborhood Park.

Lyman House Museum presents Hawaiian Mission Houses History Theatre

May 13, 7 to 8:30pm

The Lyman House Museum and Mission House presents, “Hawaiian Mission Houses History Theatre.” This unique theater program that really brings history to life. Hear from those who lived Hawai‘i’s history. This performance will feature: Curtis Iaukea, statesman and advisor to King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani; Emma Nāwahī, editor of Ke Aloha Aina newspaper and member of Hui Aloha ‘Āina o Nā Wahine; and Simon Peter Kalama, a medical assistant to Dr. G.P. Judd. Free and seating is limited. Lyman House Museum. Please contact Lyman House Museum for more information at 808-935-5021.

Victorian Nostalgia – Hawai‘i Quilt Show 2019

May 17-24, 10am to 6pm

View the beautiful quilts of the Hawai‘i Quilt Guild members and the works of featured quilt artist Joan Masaki. Enter to win an “Opportunity Quilt.” The Hawai‘i Quilt Guild is 170 members strong with monthly meetings, classes and so much more. There will be numerous opportunities for socializing, creativity, learning, community service and sharing the love of quilting and sewing. Free. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. For more information go to

Hawai‘i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival

May 17-19, 5pm

This three day event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops. Beginning Friday, the event will start in the evening with protocol from the various cultures represented. Saturday is filled with a wearable arts fashion show, arts & crafts demonstrations and the Second Annual Hawai‘i Kuauli Keiki Hula Competition and so much more. The festival is a culturally-diverse experience for both locals and visitors. Members of the community from all spheres of influence provide a platform to showcase the gifts and talents of those cultures present in Hawai‘i. There will be a variety of cultural dance, culturally based education programs, food, music, fashion. Traditional arts & crafts workshops will be held throughout the three day event. This beautiful display of Hawai‘i‘s cultural diversity will establish an opportunity to bring awareness to the cultural heritage that has been established in Hawai‘i. Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha‘s Kona Beach Hotel.

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (42nd Annual)

May 25, 5 to 10pm

Hawai‘i’s most talented and gifted musicians, songwriters, and producers will all be present at the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts’ 42nd Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. This year’s awards features a record 33 different categories–including several new categories. The 42nd Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards is a Mele Mei 2019 featured event. Presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, the annual celebration of music and culture, Mele Mei, returns for an ninth year with a full lineup of live performances statewide. The annual event will take place from April through June and feature Hawai‘i musicians including Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists performing at venues and events across Hawai‘i as well as in Japan. Tickets are required. Visit the website for more ticket information. An up-to-date schedule of this year’s events can be found online at under the “events” tab.