Lots of things are happening around us that take our attention away from the beautiful things in life. It’s time to slow down a bit, enjoy the wonders around us. Especially the beauty of flowers, adorning ourselves and so embracing and integrating the essence of their beauty. Come and join us in our Lei Day celebration and learning more about Hawaii while making a beautiful lei.
Celebrate Lei Day & Laka
Hawaiian Goddess of the Forest & Hula
Monday, May 8th, 2023 In-person
Moon in Sagittarius, Sun in Taurus
Please note ritual time is 11am ~ 2pm
$25 ongoing exchange/$15 first time newcomers
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Laka is the Hawaiian Goddess of the Forest and Hula. Through Her the Hawaiian people have learned the art of sharing their stories, lineage, and history through mele (singing and chanting) and the dance of Hula. When a Hula hālau (Hula school/group) is dancing, they make an altar for Laka. Every hula dancer must also adorn themselves so that they become part of the altar, and the hula becomes the prayer or tale. When entering the forest or garden to collect the plants and flowers one must ask Laka for permission. She is a nature Goddess, so plants are very sacred to Her.
Leis are a symbol of Aloha and a circle of love that has no end. They are such an important representation of the Hawaiian Spirit that in 1929 Lei Day became an official holiday in Hawaii. A lei po’o, a lei worn on your head, often referred to as a haku lei, is given or worn as a symbol to celebrate life, especially for birthdays, graduations, or anniversaries. During our ritual we will be making haku leis together, while enjoying Hawaiian music and our creativeness with our sisters. In keeping with the Spirit of celebration it is also the time that we also get to celebrate the birthday of our Kahuna.
For this ritual please bring two bunches of flowers for our Haku Lei making. Wear your Hawaiian clothes, pareos, something flowery. Bring your Hawaiian word if you have one from a previous ritual. For the altar, please bring a candle in a glass novena, that is any color of the rainbow, and any symbols or pictures of Laka. Please bring Hawaiian food for our Luau/feast!
If you are interested in participating in our ritual please see our participation page. Mahalo
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