May Day!

May Day is a holiday in Hawaii to celebrate Hawaiian culture. The schools embrace this by having the kids learn a hula and elect a royal court. The Royal Court goes back to the Hawaiian monarchy and is a pretty big deal. So we were proud of Omar for being elected to kindergarten prince. (Even if it meant after school practices for WEEKS!)

So this proud mama was super excited to see what the kids had been up to!

I found Mckenna waiting for everything to start, as usual gossiping with her friends!

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The conch shell blowers signalling the arrival of the Royal CourtDSC_1409a

 

Guess who was up FIRST?! Prince Omar and Princess Sienna representing the island of Kaho’olawe. (I was in the perfect seat!) He didn’t even see me he was so focused.DSC_1412a

 

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DSC_1427aThey were SO adorable walking down all by themselves. I was so proud of them!

The rest of the court did the same thing, one pair from each grade representing an island. Then came the crown bearers for the King and Queen.

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And the Kahili bearersDSC_1433a

 

And finally the King and Queen

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Here is the assembled Court.DSC_1442aEach grade then did their hula which was great, they all did an amazing job!

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And of course I have Mckenna’s recorded for your viewing pleasure!

Then the Royal Court performed their own hula. Omar did so well!

And here is Omar showing off his lei that his princesses mom gave him (how sweet is she? I totally failed at parenting that day!) The volunteers did an AMAZING job decorating!

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My cuties that did an EXCELLENT job!DSC_1479a

 

 

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First leis!

So my neighbor (and fellow ship wife) is from Hawaii and she and her mom were busily making leis for some function or another… Mckenna happened to be over there giving her a hand and got to come home with a couple of leis. We weren’t greeted with any at the airport (something that if we ever have anyone come visit us I will to do!) so this is the first time we got to wear a lei in Hawaii!

Omar’s interpretation:

 

Look mom! Flower hair!

My goodness I wish this kid could take a normal picture. Oh well they are still cute.

And of COURSE I had to torture my dog.

Right here he is thinking ‘wait until she releases me, I am going to eat this thing in 2 seconds.’ Which I didn’t let him do. I of course had to hang them up so they can dry. 

And so my collection starts. Just wait until Omar comes home, I am going to pile him up. The exchange even has leis with the mini bottles of booze. Love it!