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Applications now open to join the prestigious Lei Court ‘Ohana!

Forms and more information available online at or by clicking here.

O‘AHU -- The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is thrilled to announce applications are now open for those interested in joining the prestigious Lei Court ʻOhana!

A copy of the application, along with loads of information about the Lei Court and the annual Lei Day Celebration, are available on the official DPR Lei Day Celebration website at or by clicking here.

"Weʻre very pleased and honored to offer this unique opportunity to our kanaka makua and ʻōpio to be a part of this community of amazing cultural practitioners represented by our Lei Court ‘Ohana," said Kēhaulani Pu‘u, Deputy Director of DPR. "Historically, our parks have been a place where Hawaiian culture was practiced and perpetuated through programs that offered hula, craft making, ʻukulele, and lei making. Our aim at Parks is to continue to celebrate and lift up our culture, and Lei Court is one of the most significant ways we play a vital role in doing so. Nui ko mākou hauʻoli a haʻaheo i kēia hana Hawaiʻi, i kēia hana kūikawā."

In accordance with the rotating age groups, the 95th Lei Court will consist of applicants in the Nā ‘Ōpio (the Youth) demographic, and must be between 18-30 years of age by the day of the 2024 Lei Court Selection, scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2024.

For more information on the Lei Court and applications, please contact Samantha Sun at (808) 768-3032. Applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, January 5, 2024.

During the selection, applicants will display their lei-making abilities, hula performance, poise, personality, and public speaking in English and Hawaiian. The selection will determine the Lei Queen/King and their Princes/Princesses to represent the City and County of Honolulu in an honorary capacity during select events throughout 2024. Of those events, the Lei Day Celebration is of the most prominent

The 96th Annual Lei Day Celebration will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the Kapi‘olani Park, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In preparation for the annual lei contest, DPR staff will provide free lei-making workshops at various sites on O‘ahu. DPR lei-making classes are posted via the online registration system at

The rules for the various categories of the 2024 Lei Contest, a premier element of the annual Lei Day Celebration, are also now available on the same Lei Day Celebration website:

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please contact the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email at least three business days before the scheduled event. Without sufficient advanced notice, it may not be possible to fulfill requests.

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