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May Day Lei Competition

Polynesian Cultural Center – Kauhale Hawaiʻi
Monday May 11, 2024

“May Day is Lei Day” is a celebration of Lei that has been going on for 95 years here in Hawaiʻi. May 1 is a day we wear fresh flower lei to celebrate the tradition of wearing lei in the islands. We invite you to participate in this year's lei-making contest and showcase your lei-making talents. We are excited to see the creative and artistic creations of the entries.


All lei will be registered at gate 6A next to the Hawaiʻi village (Mcdonald's side, see map below) from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on May 11, 2024.
Judging will begin at 12:30 pm, and winners will be notified by 1:00 pm.
All Lei must be at least 24 inches in length and wearable.

There will be three prizes in each category

  • 1st place: $200.00 and 2 Pounders Restaurant dinners
  • 2nd place: $150.00
  • 3rd place: $100.00

Most popular $200.00 (most popular lei as voted on by all the visitors to the Hawaiʻi village that day)

President’s Choice Lei $200 (chosen by the President of the Polynesian Cultural Center)

The following are the 4 Lei Categories:

  • Fresh Lei (flowers and foliage)
  • Flowers only Lei (all fresh flowers of any type or combination)
  • Coconut Lei (made with different parts of the coconut tree)
  • Red & Yellow Lei (must use red and yellow flowers on 80% of the lei.)


Download Registration Form



May Day Lei Competition Drop Off Point