Raider May Day going virtual

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The worker bees break for lunch while waiting on the Kaua‘i High May Day king and kane dancers. From left are Ty Kajihawa, Brennen Omoto, Gabriel Go, Ceannalei Batin-Kaui, Kirra Carvalho, Xarika Casticimo, Jordyn Chong Tim, Divina Plowman, Via Javinar and Kekoa Tango.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i High School May Day Queen Isabella Roberts, center, and her court are socially distanced for video cameras in the school’s athletic field. From left are Kahylie-Rose Hepa, Jhanalei Sales, Kyla Sebastian, Kailee Oyama, Jessica Cezar, Roberts, Pomaile DeCosta-Caalim, Jadyn Naka‘ahiki, Xarika Casticimo, Hailey Silva and Edyn Naka‘ahiki.

The traditional Kaua‘i Museum Lei Day contest will not be taking place for the second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic health and safety protocols.

In January, the state Department of Education announced the cancellation of all large, in-person social gatherings through June 1. That included proms, banquets, May Day celebrations and other school-sanctioned social events with more than 20 attendees.

“We understand that these are significant and meaningful events to our students,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said in the announcement.

“This decision was made to avoid planning and financial hardships that schools and families would incur due to potential last-minute cancellations. We want our schools to be able to move forward in planning confidently for the best alternative virtual options for their students.”

The DOE and Kaua‘i High School picked up the challenge made during the announcement.

Partnering with the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, the DOE celebrated May Day in 2020 with its Virtual May Day 2020, featuring student and staff performances “strung together in a beautiful virtual lei” at That showcase is still available on that website.

Kaua‘i High School put together its virtual May Day celebration this year, complete with a royal court, hula and other festivities that will be available for virtual enjoyment starting May 7 through student-based efforts with Kaua‘i High School’s Divina Plowman advising and chaperoning the event.

Sparked by an idea from Jordyn Chong Tim and guided by Kekoa Tango, the video crew worked its magic through appointed times for social distancing to create the piece that will air on the Kaua‘i High School website,, starting May 7.

The royal court includes Isabella Roberts as queen, with Kolten Gusman the king.

Ladies in waiting are Xarika Casticimo and Kyla Sebastian, with Bryce Fernandez and Xaedan Valdez being the kahili bearers. Austin Renaud and Jonathan Lau are the spearsmen.

Pomaile DeCosta-Caalim and Christopher Silva represent Hawai‘i Island, and Hailey Silva and Jeremy Herr do the honors for Maui.

Jessica Cezar and Landan Kaneholani represent O‘ahu, and Jhnalei Sales and Kaimiloa Padrones will wear the purple of Kaua‘i.

Jadyn Naka‘ahiki and Kyson Cabinatan represent Ni‘ihau, Kailee Oyama and Kai Gokan wear the Moloka‘i green, and Kahylie-Rose Hepa and Zion Kaluahine-Gambeng are the Lana‘i representatives. Edyn Naka‘ahiki and Elias Pereira represent Kaho‘olawe.

Plowman said that, in addition to May Day, students are also intent on presenting the homecoming court virtually.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

  1. RGLadder37 April 27, 2021 10:18 am Reply

    How many students are showing up for classes? Or is it online yet for the students? How many participating? And how many failing. Just like the football players who flunked out of high school for not going online learning all year last year and this year.

    Do you want to talk to me? Yes sir!

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