Waimea Elementary School students will share oli, or chants; mele, Hawaiian songs, and hula from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, in their annual May Day event at the Waimea Elementary School field. The celebration will open with introduction of the fifth-grade court led by King Micah Low and Queen Kayla Miura.
The theme this year is “A‘ohe lokomaika‘i i nele i ka pana‘i,” meaning “No kind deed has ever lacked its reward.” An opportunity to help another is a gift and to live aloha is to have a giving nature, said event coordinators.
Princesses and royal court representitives include Kapuanalani Pilayo and Jaysen Bragado, representing Hawaii Island; Kassadie Hurney and Kulika Lincoln, Maui; Ceelyn Gali-Lucero and Ralph Kalai Luhiau, Kahoolawe; Sarah Reich and Jorge Perez, Molokai; Keeley Gillins and Zac Murakami-Mattos, Lanai; Shaleina Bird and Kalaijah Salazar, Oahu; Trinity Spencer and Dillon Dupont, Kauai, and Janessa Tupe and Dylan Calivoso, Niihau.
Attendants and escorts include ladies-in-waiting Mehana Spencer-Herring, Destiny Alvarez-Torres and Tahnia Key; spear holders Kanaele Kalili, Saja Lee and Aceson Domingo; pu, or conch shell, blowers Elbi Tibnol, Luke Kaniho and Keldon Aurello, and kahili bearers Antone Cootey and Jermon Thomas.
It is suggested that you bring your own mat or chair.