LIHUE — Madeline Guyett said she was meant to be a lei maker.
“It’s not only May Day, it’s my birthday,” Guyett said Friday at the Kauai Museum. “On top of that, my middle name is Mae, so it must be that I was meant to be a lei maker.”
Guyett was one of the many award-winners named at the 35th annual Irmalee and Walter Pomroy Lei Contest, a traditional event celebrating May Day at the Kauai Museum.
Jodi Ascuena was overcome with emotion after being named the recipient of the Anna Sloggett Award for her Polynesian style lei utilizing red and pink hibiscus.
“These are happy tears,” Ascuena said. “This is the first time I have ever entered anything and won. I have to thank Kauai Iki who kept encouraging me to enter.”
Hundreds of lei decorated the Kauai Museum’s outside courtyard where people flocked to the collection of floral creations.
“Plumeria is my favorite flower,” said Gina Beyer of Loveland, Colorado, who was getting help closing a lei she created. “To be able and be here on May Day with all the lei is just so special. I’m so glad we’re here to enjoy this.”
Pink/Red: Mary Lou Harachis, Linda Pitman, Madeline Guyett
Plumeria: Luella Lum, Taylor Savage, Luella Lum
Blue/Purple: Clair Krueger, Carlina Vea, Linda Pitman
Orange/Yellow: Clair Krueger, Jodi Gardner, Michael Koerte
White/Green: Michael Koerte, Jodi Gardner, Ulii Castor
Hat: Romang Rambaga Peake, Gary Fujioka, Luella Lemn
Ti Leaf: Jodi Gardner, Mary Lou Harchis
Mixed Colors: Michael Koerte, Elvrine Chow, Madeline Guyett
Grand Hyatt Award: Linda Pitman
County of Kauai, Office of the Mayor Award: Kauai Iki
St. Regis Award: Madeline Guyett
Kauai Marriott Award: Sandy Takaezu
Kauai Beach Resort Award: Linda Pitman
Hanalei Colony Resort Award: Kirby Guyer
Grace & Lyle Guslander Award: Marina Pascua
Kauai Mokihana Festivals Malie Foundation: Pomroy Ohana
Sheraton Kauai Award: Pomroy Ohana
Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club Award: Pomroy Ohana
Anna Sloggett Award: Jodi Ascuena
Family Flower Farms: Linda Pitman
Kauai Museum 55th Anniversary Award: Pomroy Ohana
Distinguished Presidents Award: Carlina Vea
Prestigious Board of Trustee Award: Elvrine Chow
Director’s Choice Award: Luella Lum
Hobey Goodale Award: Pat Finberg
Irmalee & Walter Pomroy Award: Kauai Iki