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May Day is Lei Day

The origins of May Day celebrations can be traced back to ancient rituals mainly in European countries.   People wove floral garlands, danced around a May Pole and sang and enjoyed the festivities celebrating the arrival of Spring.  I distinctly remember having to weave ribbons around the May Pole in elementary school.....I never quite knew what that was all about or how that blended with what we traditionally know as May Day festivities in Hawaii . For many centuries, Native Hawaiians have been making and giving lei as offerings and gifts.  A tradition shared in many Polynesian cultures.   I remember watching my grandmother stringing lei for a small local florist that used to be  on Kuhio Avenue next to the old Kuhio Theaters (corner...

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Stay Home - Shop Local

Hawaii has always supported and shopped local when possible.  Now more than ever, local businesses need your help to keep our micro economy stimulated.  Please shop your local grocery stores during this time as well. They need your support MUCH MORE than the big box food retailers!!! Everybody here in Hawaii has either been affected or will be affected by this global pandemic and we all hope for a prompt return to some normalcy.  21ºN is a small native Hawaiian wahine owned and operated business and we stand behind all the local businesses trying to keep our Hawaiian lifestyle and livelihood intact. We're STAYING HOME with you!!! We stand by our local community and are doing the right thing by...

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