Lei Day/May Day


Lei Day/May Day


by Minako Ishii, Jeffrey Kent

hard cover, color
64 pp, 7" x 7"

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For centuries the Kingdoms of Hawaii and Great Britain have shared an admiration for celebrations, royalty and flowers. That connection is explored in Minako Ishii's flip book May Day/Lei Day. May Day tells of the origin of this special celebration in England over 700 years ago and describes how Hawaii came to embrace it. 

Lei Day describes how local customs commemorate Hawaii's royal history and details the significance of color and materials used to make the beautiful lei. Simple lei-making instructions are included so Hawaii's keiki can make a lei of their very own. Beautiful photographs throughout show how this day is celebrated throughout Hawaii. The unique binding creates two books in one!


Minako Ishii's travels as a senior business analyst with Sony furthered an early interest in world cultures. Her photographs, which have appeared in international, national and Hawaii publications, and her business Beyond Borders reflect her belief in both the importance of cultural preservation and in children's potential to bridge boundaries. She is also the author of the children's flip book Girls Day / Boys Day