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PÔMAIKA'INOKEAKUA LENORE KLEIN
INSTALLED AS CITY'S 85th ANNUAL LEI DAY QUEEN
(Wed., March 7, 2012) — Mayor Peter B. Carlisle, and sponsors Hawaiian Electric Company, Times Supermarkets, and the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, presented the City's 85th Annual Lei Queen on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at McCoy Pavilion.
Pômaika'inokeakua Lenore Klein is the City's 2012 Lei Day Queen. Lei Queen Pômaika'inokeakua is 25 and hails from Waimânalo, O'ahu. She is the daughter of Wallace and Marvalee Healani Klein.
Lei Queen Pômaika'inokeakua is fluent in the Hawaiian language. She began dancing at the age of five with Kumu Hula Ellen Castillo and more recently under the direction of Kumu Hula Keano Kaupu and Lono Padilla. She earned an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Kapi'
Queen Pômaika'inokeakua competed against five other women in this year's Nâ Wahine 'Ôpio age group (18-30 years of age). First Princess is Kalai Sina Chow from Papakôlea, O'ahu. Second Princess is Christian Lei U'i Kaholokula from the Garden Isle of Kaua'i. Princesses Catelin Kawahinekoa Aiwohi (from
This year's Lei Day theme is "Lei U'i Onaona," or Sweet Lei of Youth. Queen Pômaika'inokeakua and her court will reign over the 85th Annual Lei Day Celebration festivities on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Queen Kapi'olani
The event is free to the public and features local entertainment and hula hâlau. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association will perform in the open area between the bandstand and the Waikîkî Shell. The Lei Contest Exhibit can be viewed by the public from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the open area between the bandstand and the Waikiki Shell. Some of the world's most exquisite lei will be exhibited in a variety of colors and methods.
Hawaiian artisans will share their talents and skills with exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day in the Kulana Lei village. While at Kûlana Lei, have the mo'opuna (grandchildren) visit Tûtû (grandmother) at Tûtû's Hale to hear stories; play Hawaiian games; and learn songs, hula, lei making, and lauhala weaving. In addition to Kûlana Lei, vendors offering craft, lei, and food will be available to the public.
The first Lei Day was celebrated in 1927 in downtown