Very special honorees at this year’s May Day presentations will be past May Day queens and court members, reaching as far back as possible. One of Waimea’s oldest traditions, the celebration of May Day by Waimea Middle School students is Friday, May 9.
The morning performance will be repeated in the early evening, and students from other Waimea schools and dancers and singers from other Waimea groups will join in the evening celebration.
Doors to historic Thelma Parker Memorial Gym will open for seating for the morning performance at 8:30 a.m. though kupuna and families of the May Day Court and families with infants will be allowed to enter at 8:15 a.m. Talented Waimea musicians and singers who work closely with WMS students year-round — Hawane Rios and Keali’i Bertelmann — will perform from 8:30 until the start of the performance at 9 a.m. For the evening performance, doors to the gym will open at 5:30 p.m. to music by Hawane Rios and other talented musicians, and the pu will sound at 6 p.m. signaling the arrival of the Court and showtime.
There is no charge for May Day performances and everyone is invited to both shows. The only suggestion is to please wear a lei. All past court members are asked to check in at a special reception table at the entry to the gym on May 9 to confirm participation.
Coordinating WMS May Day are ‘Ike Hawaii Resource Teacher Pua Case, Kumu Keala Kahuanui and Kumu Keali’i Bertelmann. For WMS’ annual May Day celebration, historic Thelma Parker Gym is lavishly decorated with greenery, feather kahili and a traditional Hawaiian quilt depicting the Royal Coat of Arms and Hawaiian Flag. Donations of greenery are needed and may be brought to the gym on Wednesday, May 7, between 3 and 6 p.m. or at 9 a.m., Thursday May 8. Kokua with decorating also is welcome from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
For information about May Day, call Pua Case at 938-5550.