The public is invited to the annual Waimea Elementary School May Day Celebration from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 23, on the school field. This year’s theme is “I ka wa ma mua i ka wa ma hope,” or “The future is found in the past.”
“We truly believe that the future is found in the past, that the wisdom of our elders is the torch that enlightens and guides the path of the children,” said spokesman Colin Miura. “When we take the time to learn our history we come to realize just how intelligent our ancestors are.
“To bring that history and lessons from the past into our present, it will guide and enlighten our student’s future. No matter how remote our past is, it does not make our culture extinct, it gives us the foundation to continue with the wisdom, education, and experiences of our kupuna and of our ancestors.”
Students will use the concepts of ohana, kupuna and kuleana (responsiblity) to share their oli, hula and their mele.
Here is this year’s May Day court: King Wyllen Kaohu Takaki, Queen Zeyonce Hooper, Hawaii Island escort Zane Gentry, Hawaii Island Princess: Anuhea Winters, Maui Island escort Kamakea Anderson, Maui Island Princess Mikaela Matsuoka, Kahoolawe Island escort Haness Benjamin, Kahoolawe Island Princess Scarlett Jordon, Molokai Island escort Raycen Tancayo, Molokai Island Princess Waiehuanuhea Kauahi-Raquel, Lanai Island escort Dean Connors, Lanai Island Princess Mckenzie Abiley, Oahu Island escort Chase Bridges, Oahu Island Princess Jaslyn Miura, Kauai Island escort Cade Arafiles, Kauai Island Princess Zaylie Gentry, Niihau Island escort Andrei Quines, Niihau Island Princess Ellie Nakano; ladies-in-waiting Dynesha Horie, Kiana Lee-Kwai, Justyce Lindsey and Zenia Okamura; pu blowers Kiari Aveiro, Ana Malia Kim, Mariah Fuentes and Rejena Soriano.
Please bring your own mat or chairs.