May Day and Holokū

The annual May Day and Holokū program is one of the School’s most popular spring traditions, offering students from K – 12 the opportunity to learn and perform mele, oli and hula. All students from kindergarten through grade 5 participate in the May Day program; participation is optional for Middle School and Academy students.

Behind the Scenes of Holokū Pageant

This eight part video series (below) explores the preparation and collaborative effort that makes Holokū possible each year. It describes some of the cultural significance of Holokū, and the impact it has on today's Punahou community.

History

The first May Day in Hawai'i was held on May 1, 1928, originating from writer/poet Don Blanding, who suggested that a holiday be created around the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei. May Day at Punahou was originally celebrated with a spring festival, gala and a procession round the Lily Pond.

Today, Junior School students and faculty plan and execute three indoor May Day performances from grades K – 2, 3 – 5 and 6 – 8.

The 1960s marked the beginning of the annual Holokū Pageant. Hundreds of seniors volunteer to pay tribute to the history of the Hawaiian Islands through an exciting sequence of ancient and modern hula and chants during two evening Holokū performances.

Calendar

2017 Holokū Pageant
Saturday, April 22, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (First Show) 
8:30 – 10:30 p.m. (Second Show)

May Day Program: Grades 6 – 8
Thursday, April 27, 2017
9 – 10:30 a.m. (First Show)
1 – 2:30 p.m. (Second Show)

May Day Program: Grades 3 – 5
Friday, April 28, 2017
1 – 2 p.m.

May Day Program: Kindergarten – Grade 2 
Friday, April 28, 2017
9 – 10 a.m.

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