On May 1, 1929, the Hawaiian Islands celebrated the first official Lei Day. Lei Day celebrates the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle, symbolized by the islands’ colorful floral necklaces, leis.Each of Hawaii’s eight major islands has its own traditional lei. The “Big Island” of Hawai’i’s lei is red, Maui’s is pink, O’ahu’s is yellow, Lana'i’s is orange, Moloka’i’s is green, Kaho’olawe’s is silver-grey, and Kaua’i’s is purple. Each of these is related to an indigenous flower. Ni’ihau is the only island whose symbol is not a flower or plant. The white color of Ni’ihau’s leis is associated with a seashell.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry associate Verb
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
hula adjective, noun
native Hawaiian dance, often accompanied by drumming or chanting.
native to or characteristic of a specific place.
native Hawaiian necklace of flowers, shells, feathers, or leaves.
way of living, including cultural, economic, and social habits.
entertaining act or presentation by a person or group of people.
exact or precise.
to represent an object, idea, organization, or geographical region.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.