Hilo celebrates Lei Day

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lei decorate a table at the Lei Day celebration at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Dancers with Halau Hula Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa dance the hula during Lei Day at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kumu Meleana Manuel dances hula after Halau Hula Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa performed at the Lei Day celebration at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Bobby Jean Leithead Todd, right, shows Ellie Gemine flowers during Lei Day at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lacey Dirks puts a flower on her lei during the Lei Day celebration at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald From left, Jan Wilcox, Lacey Dirks and Toby Hazel choose flowers to put on their lei during Lei Day at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Saturday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Rayne Leimana Izumi-Baltero, left, demonstrates how to make haku lei during the Lei Day celebration at Kalakaua Park in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Emma Tunisian, left, dances hula with Halau Hula Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa during the Lei Day celebration at Kalakaua Park in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Yuki Watabe works on a haku lei with help from Rayne Leimana Izumi-Baltero during the Lei Day celebration at Kalakaua Park in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Sky Torigoe watches hula during the Lei Day celebration Saturday at Kalakaua Park in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lei are gifted to King Kalakaua in celebration of Lei Day at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Saturday.

Live music and floral scents filled the air as the community celebrated Lei Day in Kalakaua Park on Saturday afternoon.

The annual celebration was missed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so to keep up with safety standards, the crowd and hours were limited.

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Volunteers monitored the amount of people inside the Hilo park at all times. The smaller crowd was able to socially distance while learning how to make lei or listening to music from Ben Kaili and his band.

Kaili performed live music throughout the day, and three halau from the Big Island danced for the crowd during the celebration.

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Event coordinator Leilehua Yuen spoke to the crowd to thank everyone for following safety protocols and attending the celebration.

“We have pulled together so hard to come through this with aloha by taking care of each other,” Yuen said. “Thank you for sharing that aloha this past year and being here today.”