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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     April 13, 2005



2005 Lei Day Celebration unveils

The Colors of the Lei



         Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the Department of Parks and Recreation cordially invite the public to the City’s 78th annual Lei Day Festival at Queen Kapiolani Park on Sunday, May 1, 2005.   The theme for the adult and youth lei contests is Nâ Waihooluu O Nâ Lei – The Colors of the Lei. 


Cash prizes are awarded in the Adult Lei Contest in three categories:  neck lei (in four color categories), hat lei and theme lei (using a minimum of five colors).  The Mayor's Grand Prize is given to the most outstanding lei.  Cash awards will also be given in three youth divisions: ages 8 years and younger, ages 9 through 12 years and ages 13 to 17 years.  Applications for both adult and youth lei contests are available at all district parks and satellite city halls on Oahu, by calling Todd Hiranaga at 973-7250 or by logging onto the park’s website,


The May 1st festivities will also include a concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a Hoolaulea Hawaiian craft exhibit, craft sales, lei and food vendors, Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association performances, and various hâlau hula performances.  The investiture of the 2005 Lei Queen, Kupuna Flo Kuuleilani Fernandez, along with her four princesses, Nâ Kűpuna Priscilla Marie Mâlama Ewaliko, Lorraine Lahela Peelua Higa, Edith Keonaona Kânekoa and Carol Ann Kamila Grace Noland, will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.  All events and contests are free and open to the public.


The Queen Kapiolani Park Bandstand may be reached by bus lines 4, 8, 19, 20, 22, 47, and 58.  Bus lines 2 and 14 also pass the park.  For more bus information, phone 848-5555.


The Lei Day celebration culminates on Monday, May 2, 2005, at Mauna Ala -- the Royal Mausoleum located at 2261 Nuuanu Avenue -- when all lei may be viewed for a final time prior to being placed on the tombs of the alii.  There is a short program before and after the lei distribution.  The public is welcome to attend.


For more information, please call Kaiulani Vincent at 692-5118 or Jeff Gere at 692-5751, or access the park’s website:   Lei Day celebration schedule follows:






2005 Lei Day Celebration






7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Adult & youth lei entries received

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Food, lei & craft sales

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hoolaulea craft exhibits

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Royal Hawaiian Band concert

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Lei Queen Investiture program

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Hâlau hula performances

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lei exhibit open to the public




8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Final public display of lei

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Ceremony and placement of lei

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

History of Mauna Ala







Contact:  Kaiulani Vincent, 692-5118

                Jeff Gere, 692-5751,


Tuesday, April 19, 2005

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