Growing up in Hawaii, I can honestly say that May Day is one of the most memorable moments of my childhood. I was never selected at May Day Princess or Queen, but my first emcee gig was emceeing our Kilauea Elementary school May Day program. I can remember the audition clearly in my mind and the queen's name forever embedded in my memory... Kalikokalehua-opanaeewa Ham Young. Yup, I had to say that a few hundred times.
Anyway, I was invited to checkout the 3rd Annual "May Day Waikiki: Beach Boys, Memories & Music" 2016 - event fronting the Royal Hawaiian and Outrigger Waikiki on the beach. I didn't know what to expect accept that their would be a halau, Melveen Leed and Henry Kapono were scheduled to perform.
It was a picture-pefect day with the sun shining brightly, the vibrant blue ocean as the backdrop and some of Hawaii's most distinguished in entertainment, surf, tourism and government in attendance. What is different about this celebration is that they pay tribute to the iconic and legendary Waikiki Beach Boys. Each year, the HTA and this event recognize some of these living (and past) legends who are literally responsible for the perpetuation of the aloha spirit and surf culture in Hawaii.
Honored this year were:
Tally Ho Blears
It was beautiful to see these amazing watermen and their families celebrating their life, legacy and commitment to sharing the love of the ocean with others.
The event also raises money for a Waikiki Beach Boy Memorial Wall which would commemorate and recognize those Beach Boys who have passed and whose legacy lives on beyond the reef. What a beautiful idea!
_For more information, or to become a sponsor, visit www.maydaywaikiki.com_
Here's a look at the event: