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Danny Kaleikini performs during the 2015 May Day Waikiki concert. The event returns to the beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian and Outrigger Waikiki on Sunday.
As the old saying goes, May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii — and you really can make a day of it in Waikiki on Sunday.
Get started with the 89th annual Lei Day celebration at Kapiolani Park at 9 a.m. The free, all-day event kicks off with performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band and Nā Wahine O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu‘uwai, followed by an investiture ceremony for the 2016 Lei Queen and afternoon performances by Chad Takatsugi, Bobby Moderow Jr., Melveen Leed and Amy Hanaiali’i.
Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu, the celebration also includes a display of lei contest entries, Hawaiian craft exhibits and food booths. 2016 Lei Queen Carol Ana Makana Lani Yamada, 2007 Lei Queen Manu Anana and 2010 Lei Queen Jamie Kaohulani Adams Detwiler will be in attendance as well. Call (808) 768-3041 or visit honoluluparks.com.
From 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the Hawaii Tourism Authority presents the third annual May Day Waikiki concert with headliners Melveen Leed, Henry Kapono and Brother Noland.
Held on the sand fronting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, this year’s event also honors the history and tradition of the Waikiki Beach Boys. Those set to be recognized on Sunday include:
» Albert “Rabbit” Kekai
» George Downing
» Harry Robello
» James “Lord TallyHo” Blears
» Edward “Blackout” Whaley
» Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana
Admission to Sunday’s concert is free; follow @maydaywaikiki on Instagram for more details.
Wrap up May Day with even more music at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort as Kani Ka Pila Grille kicks off its Mele Mei Sunday Concert Series. Two different artists will be featured every Sunday through May 29 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Part of the month-long Mele Mei celebration of Hawaiian music, the series opens with Blayne Asing and Brother Noland this weekend, followed by Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson with Nathan Aweau on May 8.
Upcoming featured artists include Kuuipo Kumukahi with Mailani Makainai (May 15), Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental with Kuana Torres Kahele (May 22) and Kupaoa with Maunalua (May 29). Call (808) 924-4990 for reservations.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.