8th Annual
Lei Day

1 May 2012

Hilo, Hawai`i

East Hawai`i Cultural Center

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Mahalo to:

East Hawai`i
Cultural Center

Big Island Music Awards

HARA - Na Hoku
Hawai`i Academy
Recording Artists
Na Hoku
Mahalo for supporting Moku Hawai`i musicians


Antiques & Coins

Blue Kalo

Ed Case

Kaahele Hawaii Webzine

Kau Kau Kitchen

LeiManu Designs

Mitch Roth

Mufi Hannemann

One Small Hawaiian Gallery

Tulsi Gabbard




Become a Vendor

Shipman Self Storage

Island Film Group
 Producers of
Princess Kaiulani


Tiki Torches and Lighting

To Face Challenge is to Grow

Six weeks before our 8th Annual Lei Day Festival we learned that 100% of our funding had been cut. Unable to pay for stages, sound systems, materials, supplies, entertainment, or even restroom facilities, the steering committee was in a quandry.

Then, Hawai`i showed what Hawai`i is all about.

This whole web page would be filled with "mahalo nui loas" and there still would not be enough bandwidth to thank all those who have stepped up to offer time, talent, supplies, and everything else it takes to put on a program like this.

As you go through the website and see the names of the various entertainers, demonstrators, "stagehands," and all the others who make a program like this happen, please know that not a single one recieved any compensation more than "mahalo nui loa for your time and aloha."

Mahalo, mahalo again and again.

Being entertainers and working people ourselves, the steering committee understands that pulling together like this, dropping everything to kokua, is huge. And so, to honor that aloha and effort, the committee is restructuring the festival business model so that the festival will become self-supporting and fiscally sustainable, providing not just a fun educational event for Moku Hawai`i, but a source of revenue for the participants and supporters.

Please show your aloha and support for the above businesses and individuals for keeping "He Mo`olelo ko ka Lei" a part of Hawai`i's calendar.


Please bear with us as we re-load the pages - check back frequently and watch us grow!


Hawaiian Stories, chants and music


Native Hawaiian and Native American flute music


Island Film Group















Lei Day 1 May 2012 Hilo Hawaii
"He Mo`olelo ko ka Lei"

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Downtown Hilo

at the
East Hawai`i Cultural Center

The Lei Stand


Na Lei o Hawai`i Wall Calendar

Greeting Cards

Individual Cards
































the late

Buddy Fo

2003 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award

Special Performances by Her Floral Majesty 2012 Lei Day Queen
Hokulani Fo

Lei Day


Ben Kaili
2009 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Nominee


Bo Lozoff
2012 Big Island Music Awards winner


Cymber Lily Quinn
2012 Big Island Music Awards winner
Cymber Lily Quinn


Dennis & Christy Soares
2012 Big Island Music Awards winners * 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Finalists


Howard Shapiro
Producer of See the Flame CD used by Amnesty International
and to
promote the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Howard Shapiro


Kamana Senior Center
Japanese Dance Group

Providing education, recreation, and happiness to Hawai`i!


2012 Big Island Music Awards winners


Marsha Hee
Hula Dancer and Cultural / Environmental Educator

Marsha Hee


Tiana Malone
2012 Big Island Music Awards winner
Tiana Malone


Braddah Waltah Aipolani
1991 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Winner * 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Finalist


Nona Beamer, "Mo`olelo ko ka Lei" Queen celebrates the lei in song
Nona Beamer
Lei Day Queen
Article Link: Celebrating the Hawaiian Lei with Song