Living the spirit of May Day

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A Tahitian number closes the May Day celebration Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The May Day court queen watches as Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani performers do a Tahitian number Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    The island princess of Lana‘i, symbolized by the orange garb with kanaoa lei, joins Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani performers in a Maori number featuring the long poi ball Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    Students garbed in Maori attire wait in the wings before performing with the short poi balls Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    A keiki kane performer with Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani performs a hula auana about Ulupalakua, a ranch in upcountry Maui, Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    Kane performers with Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani execute a hula kahiko surf chant that describes the morning glory vines lying on the beach Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    An overflow crowd at the Kukui Grove Center food court in Lihu‘e watches a dancer with Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani perform a hula kahiko, “Kaulilua,” Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani students perform a hula kahiko about the beauty of Ha‘upu Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    Kumu hula Kapu Alquiza and Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani prepare to process with the May Day court outside Sone’s Delicatessen Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza of Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani presents the full May Day court Saturday during the May Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

When kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza said she was going to do a May Day celebration, no one had a hint of the coming extravaganza.

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