Festivities, Holidays and Traditions in Hawaii
Prince Kuhio's dayPrince Kuhio's day or Kuhio day is celebrated on March 26th to honorprince Kuhio Kalanianaole. He was a Congressmanwho helped Hawaii native families to become public land owners.It's specially celebrated in Oahu island with a canoes race and Luaus feasts, the traditional hawaii banquet with dance and spectacles.
LuauLuau is one of Hawaii's best known celebration. It's a traditional Hawaii banquet paired with the typical garlands of flower -lei- moving at the rythm of Hula. It's really recurrent and doesn't just belong to one day. It may be for a baptism, a birthday or a wedding. But it's not a Luau if there aren't leism tropical fruit, ukelele music and Hula dancing!
King Kamehameha DayJune 11th is the day of King Kamehameha, first king of Hawaii and responsible of the union of the archipelago under the same kingdom. Many islands celebrate with music festivals, parades, Hula dances and covering the great statue of the king with leis, the flower garlands from Hawaii.
Statehood DayStatehood Day commemorates the day Hawaii joined the USA as state 50. It's the third Friday of August and it's a Holiday on every Island. There are no specific festivities for the day. Instead, inhabitants rest and stay with family and friends, though sometimes there may be concerts or parades.
Lei DayLei day is the day of Hawaii's flower garlands. It's during the first week of May matching worker's holiday. Lei are a very important part of Hawaii's culture and image and parades and dances take place all over the achipelago. It's a tradition that young ones make Hawaii typical performances. Everyone where's a lei around their neck on Lei day, obvioulsy!
Boy's Day & Girl’s DayBoy's and Girl's day where imported to Hawaii by Japanese migrations but have already become pert of it's Calendar.
Boy's day, or Tnago no Sekku, is held on May 5th. Tradition says each house with boys must hang bamboo stick with the shape of Koi fish to bring luck and help them achieve their goals in life. Each family must hang one rod per boy and they're usually place by the door or on the street.
Girl's day, or Hina Matsuri, is held on March 3rd and is dedicated to peace, beauty and everyone's happiness, but specially for younger couples. On this date, families show their dolls, a collection representing the Japanese court and which women start as young girls when they're given their first doll. Families celebrate it by eating mochi.
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