May Day Hoʻolauleʻa: A Revival of Love, Aloha, and Hawaiian Culture


The May Day Court from a past Hoʻolauleʻa.

After a four-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the much-anticipated May Day Hoʻolauleʻa is finally making a return on May 5, 2023. A time to celebrate and express Hawaiian culture, this beloved event offers delicious food, captivating entertainment, and a special opportunity to reconnect with our roots.

Originally known as “May Fair,” the event started as an assembly where school groups created booths in their classrooms and enjoyed entertainment on the stage in B building. Back then, it ended at 3 pm and was not open to the community. However, the late 90s saw the event transform into a Hoʻolauleʻa, inviting the community to join and extending the festivities into the night.

For some, this year’s May Day Hoʻolauleʻa will be their first experience of the event, while others may be returning after years away. The excitement is palpable as attendees can look forward to numerous booths and an amazing May Day court.

Charline Watson, director of the May Day court, reflects on the significance of the event: “The pandemic gave us time to reflect on family, relationships, and ourselves, which made us appreciate what we have, who we are, and more importantly, where we are from.” This year’s theme, “Back To The Roots,” emphasizes the importance of connecting with our heritage and appreciating Hawaiian culture.

Robin Kitsu, Student Activities Coordinator, acknowledges that there may be challenges in bringing back the event after four years. However, he is optimistic about the community’s support: “I hope everyone understands and will just come out to support the vendors and the school.”

In response to the question about this year’s May Day court, Watson shared her pride in the students’ progress: “We have a great group of kids, eager to come to practice and ready to perform in front of their families, friends, and their community. We have students who never danced before and have grown since the first practice. It’s pretty rewarding to see such progress coming from students, and I am proud of them.”

May Day Hoʻolauleʻa is not just about dancing and eating; it’s an opportunity for the community to come together, support one another, and honor Hawaiian culture. The event is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. So, join us on May 5th to celebrate, support, and, most importantly, enjoy yourself at the May Day Hoʻolauleʻa.