The City & County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation's annual Lei Day Celebration starts here, where contestants will compete in the areas of lei making; poise and personality; speaking in English and Hawaiian; and, modern hula. The top three scorers will be selected for this year's Lei Court. In 2019, the age group competing is 18-30 years of age.
The first Lei Day was in 1927 and celebrated in downtown Honolulu with a few people wearing lei. From that it grew and more and more people began to wear lei on May 1. We are told that the first celebration and exhibit of lei was at the Bank of Hawaii. In 1928, the first lei queen was Nina Bowman. Mayor Charles Arnold crowned Lei Queen Nina Bowman here in Honolulu.