May Day Celebration

Nā Mea Waiwai Hawaiʻi - Treasured Values of Hawaiʻi



Please join us on Friday, April 27, 2018 for our 11th annual May Day celebration, Nā Mea Waiwai Hawai’i – Treasured values of Hawai’i. This year our theme reflects the values that we hope to see, hear and feel each day in our community, across Hawaii, and around the world.

In 1970, Auntie Pilahi Paki shared with the world a way to remember a deeper understanding of the most important value, ALOHA; Akahai – meaning kindness (grace) to be expressed with tenderness, Lokahi – meaning unity (unbroken), to be expressed with harmony, ʻOluʻolu – meaning agreeable (gentle), to be expressed with pleasantness, Haʻahaʻa – meaning humility (empty), to be expressed with modesty, and Ahonui – meaning patience (waiting for the moment), to be expressed with perseverance. To truly live aloha and values shared around the world, “it is a condition, a way of life, a mindset, and an attitude.” (What is Aloha? Pono Shim & Ramsay Taum)


8:00 a.m.Pre-show entertainment by IPA May Day musicians

9:00 a.m.Program begins

10:30 a.m.Program ends

10:45 a.m.Elementary students need to be signed out from their classrooms by parent or guardian

11:00 a.m.Early dismissal for all grades. There will be NO AFTERSCHOOL care provided.



Haumana (students) from grades K-12, faculty, and staff are asked to dress in aloha wear, slippers, and a fresh lei. Girls are asked to wear a flower in their hair.

This is an outdoor event and we are hoping for beautiful weather. Please apply sunscreen to your child(ren) that morning and provide him/her with a covered water bottle.



  • Parking will be available on the street or at the Kapolei Theatres for May Day. See map below for parking locations.
  • There will be no IPA campus parking available that morning.
  • For families with kūpuna, we encourage you to drop them off on campus and then swing around to the theatre to park.
  • Please DO NOT park in the Chun Wah Kam or Kapolei Library parking lots. Violators will be towed.


Map of parking locations.

Parking locations for May Day.



  • Please bring a mat, blanket or towel to sit on.
  • No beach chairs please.
  • There will be a reserved seating area for kūpuna and VIPs.



We are kindly asking for your kokua! If you, family members, or friends are able to donate flowers or greenery for the program, it would be much appreciated.

Drop-off on Thursday, April 26 between 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the Secondary Art Lanai.

We need donations of the following:

  • Ti leaves (red or green)
  • Torch ginger (red or pink)
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Heliconia (any color)
  • Anthuriums (any color)
  • Dracaena reflexa (Song of India plant)
  • Palm tree (ferns)



We will need kōkua in setting up and decorating the stage on Thursday, April 26 at 2:45 p.m. on the large grassy field.

If you have any scissors (please label), string, zip ties or packing tape you can bring with you, it would be very helpful. We will use the donated greenery and flowers to decorate the stage and surrounding area.

Your help is greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there!



DVD or Blu-Ray copies of the ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY May Day Celebration 2018 are available for purchase now. They will be ready two weeks after the performance.

Download the DVD Order Form and return the completed form with payment to Ms. Kerri (Elementary Office) or Ms. J’Lyn (Main Office Reception Desk). Please contact Mrs. Babas with any questions regarding DVD orders.

Pre-order your copy before Monday, April 30, 2018 to receive the “Early Bird” special price!