May 1st is also known as Lei Day and is a statewide cultural celebration in Hawaii. At The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, May Day festivities will include the Longest Lei Exchange in Ka’anapali as a unique experience and an attempt to set a record, with 500+ persons targeted to be in attendance. The significance of presenting a lei speaks to the authenticity and practice of Hawaiians in celebrating an occasion. Known as the spirit of Aloha, the lei exchange by two persons symbolizes the love, respect and friendship shared between them - whether they are family members, couples or friends.
Pamakane Lopes of Ocean Dreamer Florals has designed nine special leis that highlight the diversity of Maui’s scenic settings and experiences featuring locations such as Haleakala, Kula, Hana, Paia, Iao Valley, Makawao, Uupalakua, Honolua Bay and Ka’anapali. Recognizing the importance of preserving Hawaiian culture, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is also committing $2,500.00 to benefit the cause of Na Leo Kalele that supports Kula Kaiapuni O Maui Ma Nahi?ena?ena, a Hawaiian language immersion school located within Princess Nahi?ena?ena public school in Lahaina, Maui. Considered a school within a school, Kula Kaiapuni O Maui Ma Nahi?ena?ena is unique in that it utilizes Hawaii's indigenous language, culture, perspectives, and practices to implement its curriculum.
The event is open to Westin Maui guests and associates, local residents and island visitors. For more details on participation and sign-up in the Lei Exchange, visit http://www.westinmaui.com/
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