The highlight of the Lei Day festival is the lei contest where local lei makers compete for ribbons in several categories. Here are just a few of my favorites (so hard to choose!).
The lei in the center is the Mayor’s Choice winner by Bill Char. The monstera leaf surround is just it’s “frame.”
I liked the bold colors (and thought of Deborah’s love for all things green and purple) on this one by Nikita Lenchanko.
All the white lei were beautiful, but I particularly liked the one on the left by Kathleen Tanaka. Sorry, I didn’t get the name of the other one’s maker.
Laure Adaro had several lei there and I liked them all. This one with larkspur was my favorite.
Hot pink, by Randy Akau, for my daughter.
Even kids were competing. This is one by Austin Dela Cruz in the 9-12 year old category was one of my favorites.
In addition to the flowers, there were crafts booths, food, dance and music. Oh, and my man Jason (of the beautiful luau), decorated the pavilion (though my photo doesn’t show it off at all — trust me, he did a wonderful job).