On Sunday April 30, 2023 celebrate Lei Day and the art and history of lei in Hawaiʻi at the Waikoloa Lei Day Festival at the Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Enjoy lei-making, live music, a farmers’ market, keiki activities, hula performances, giveaways, and more from 10am to 2pm.
The event kicks off at Center Stage with a blessing by Aunty Tutu at 10am and you’ll be entertained throughout the day by well-known emcee Nikki Gour from the Wave 92FM!
As part of the festivities, Kings’ Shops has concocted a new event-the 1st Annual KINGS’ CUP COCKTAIL CONTEST, sponsored by Kuleana Rum Works, Hawaii Island’s local distillery using cane sugar to create their beverages.
For this first-time event, the Kings’ Shops has gathered the Best of the Best mixologists to showcase the art of cocktail making which will begin at 10:30 am. Samples will be available to the audience. The cheers and “decibel” level of the crowd applauding their favorite cocktail sample from the contestants will be a factor for the final round, so root on your favorite bartender!
The Lei Day Festival is sponsored by Waikoloa Beach Resort with activities happening around the area.
If you are a visitor or a resident, Lei Day is a fantastic time to learn about the culture around the Lei.
Lei Day Fun Facts:
There are a variety of kinds of leis:
King’s Shops is located at 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive and is the premier destination for shopping, dining, and experiences.
Julie Ziemelis is a YouTuber at 365Hawaii, blogger at 365 Things to Do in Kona, and a Realtor with KW Big Island. For info about real estate go to 365HawaiiLiving.com