Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pink Saturday is Lei Day

Aloha!
May day is Lei day in Hawaii...
I grew up there on the North Shore of Oahu and lived there for 13 years.
It was very different life and time I am so blessed to have lived there, I would not trade those memories for anything . I get very reminiscent on Lei Day as it is a celebration of the kings and queens of Hawaii. All the Schools have elaborate programs and luaus with lots of amazing entertainment.
Here are a few of my memories I could not get to my Lei day pictures in time but maybe next year....
I can almost smell the pink Plumeria now....
This is a picture of a lei day recently at the school I went to 
Sunset Beach Christian School
started by missionaries in the 50's and still going strong, It was a school where no one was left behind and everyone was loved. Music was a huge part of education, you had to be able to read notes to pass 4th grade and play the ukulele to pass 5th! this is a photo of my current uke 
I am hoping to trade up soon...
Our school was across the street from this beach , Keiki beach and we often had P.E. there
Here is me as Mayor eileen Anderson for the lei Day program in the 5th grade till the day I left Hawaii people would stop me and say "Hi Mayor Anderson" even though I had no idea who they were :)
I miss the beauty of Hawaii I do not miss the expense and island fever,
 you can only drive around it so many times!
Geckos are everywhere in Hawaii, love this pink torch ginger....
I used to work here at Waimea Valley and swim at the falls almost every evening after work they walk down the valley watching the sunset and listening to the peacocks call...
I t seems so long ago, it was i haven't been back in 16 years...
My brother, my cousin and I (in the pink bathing suit) the first year we lived there....
A glorious pink hued North Shore Sunset, boy do I miss those....
Thanks to Miss Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Hosting another wonderful Pink Saturday!
Thanks for going down memory lane with me hope you enjoyed the music :)

Aloha and glitter
~jen
p.s. spread the word to help me get a few more followers (if ya like) as I am planning a very special giveaway to commemorate 200, only 6 more to go! woohoo!

15 comments:

Linda said...

So beautiful. I lived in Hawaii for a couple of years in my teens and it is so magical. I don't think I will ever forget the Plumeria fragrance and those leis...my favorites. I also lived on Oahu and you are so right you can only drive around that island just so many times. I don't remember Lei Day but it sounds wonderful and such great memories as a child.

Jojo said...

Such a lovely post. Hawaii remains on my travel list and I hope to get there one of these days. By the way, the pink ukelele is wonderful. I don't play and I would love one!

Elaine said...

So very beautiful..love the music..makes me feel like I'm on the beach enjoying the warm sand and sun.

Rochelle said...

You lucky girl! To have lived and enjoyed the island life...what a dream. I just love the smell of plumerias too! I wish to go back there someday soon....good memories of the (2 weeks) I spent in Maui.
Thanks for sharing your photos!
xoxo
Rochelle

Annesphamily said...

What a life you lead! These pictures are gorgeous. Congrats moving to 200 followers! I am nearing 00 and I never dreamed anyone would come by much less repeat the process! LOL!
I love all the friendships I have ,made and I enjoy the incredible talent over here. This was a perfect Pink Saturday post! Happy weekend to you! Hugs Anne

Susie Jefferson said...

How glorious is that sunset - I'd love to visit Hawaii. The flowers are gorgeous, the gecko posed so prettily - thanks for sharing.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Grace said...

What georgeous pictures..thank you for sharing such precious memories! I felt like I was taken away for a little while! Happy Pink Saturday Grace xoxo

© Jennifer Raley said...

Happy Pink Saturday. We lived in Hawaii a long time ago. As young as I was, I have not forgotten a lot of things. Pineapples. The Arizona. King Kamayamaya - doubtful that's even a close spelling of his name. And, all the kids out on the grounds for what was probably lei day then? I just remember the rich colors and ... well many more things. Enjoyed the post! Jenn

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

WOW! Lucky you for having lived in such a gorgeous place! thanks for sharing it with us!
Debbie

Cathy said...

Hi Jen,


Hope you are having a great Pink Saturday. I am dropping by a few blogs before I crawl back into bed with the flu.

Please stop by my blog for my Pink Saturday post and while you are there I would love it if you would vote for me for my Vecty nomination.

Thank you,

Cathy

Jenny S said...

Oh my gosh! Why did you move away?? It is so beautiful! Happy Pink Saturday!

Lynn Stevens said...

What beautiful pictures. It must have been wonderful to spend so many years on the island. I've been there twice and even swam in those same falls! Thanks for the memories!

JoAnn S. said...

how lucky you were,growing up in Hawaii!! I love the beach and here I am stuck in the midwest lol. At least you live in Calif. which is beach friendly. signed up as a follower so now you only need 5 more lol. hugs JoAnn S

Claudie said...

Happy belated PS Jen. I lived in Hawaii a very long time ago too! I was all of 21 years old. It was breathtaking to say the least.
I was lucky to move to Vancouver, B.C. (I'm canadian) and fall in love with the mountains and the ocean there. My 3 kids were born there. We now live in Ontario, Canada on the river with breathtaking sunsets like the one you posted.
Ahhhhhh we are blessed aren't we?
Sending you hugs from far away
Love Claudie
xoxoxoxo

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

Wow Mayor Jen! Such beautiful pinks, sunsets, flowers- my fave is the gecko! I had lots of different reptiles growing up. So cute! But talk about stinkin cute- that is you as a little girl! I think you need to be on a cupcake!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobeee and the Pixies!!!