Friends across the miles

One of my absolute FAVORITE things about blogging is the sweet serendipity of making new friends.  My post on May first inspired a Maui Stamper reader to share a photo with me, and one thing led to another…

Maui Stamper May Day 1947 KeokeaCheryl Hasson gave her permission for me to share this photo.  Here’s what she said:

I was born in 1947 in Wailuku and this pic was taken on Lei Day in Keokea at an Hawaiian school where my mother was teaching (now the site of an Episcopal church.) I woke up this morning wishing I was in Maui on Lei Day.

I love the sweetness that this photo represents.  Someone lovingly made all those flower petal skirs complete with greenery sashes.  The circle on the grass is almost surely flour, and the teacher (Kumu) is watching carefully in the background.  May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii (are you hearing the melody?) and there are still celebrations in schools across the islands on or around the first of May.

After we corresponded a bit, Cheryl sent me one more photo of a May Day celebration:

Maui Stamper May Day 1947 KeokeaI’ll have to dig back into the Stamper Family archives…I have a few May Day program photos that are a little more recent 🙂

Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing your beautiful photos!  Aloha…


4 thoughts on “Friends across the miles

  1. Thanks for sharing my pics. I can’t wait to also share it with my mother Helen Buffington who was the teacher who probably took this pic. I think of Maui everyday!


    1. Thanks so much for sharing those photos with me and giving your permission to share on the Maui Stamper!! I hope your mother enjoys seeing them here as well. Aloha.


  2. My 8 year old granddaughter was asking me about a May pole. I will need to share these photos with her. I prefer Lei day myself!


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