Kilohana May Day Celebration
The Kilohana May Day celebration is one of two top annual events for Kilohana Elementary School and the community on the eastern end of Molokai the other event is their annual Bazaar. On a perfect Friday morning May 4, 2007 the Kilohana king, queen and court made their way to center stage to begin their May Day festivities.
This year’s Mo'i Kane or King is Kahea Maliu III, son of Solomon and Jarna Maliu, grandson of Kahea and lulu Maliu. The Mo'i Wahine or Queen is Kainoa Dudoit, daughter of Robin and Lisa Dudoit, and grand daughter or Ellie Kauwenaole.
Many of the families from the east end of Molokai consider the Kilohana May Day Celebration to be a very special event. This is the time of year when families come together to enjoy the colorful, rich, and splendid display of costumes, leis, music, and dance. When asking a parent why is this years’ celebration better than the last she replied, "Every year is special due to the efforts and hard work of the parents, faculty, volunteers, and students in our community." And indeed this years’ event was special. The creation of a huge canvas painted back drop by Artist Andrea Bene framed the King, Queen, and court nicely. May Day in Kilohana Elementary School is truly an excellent event for all of Molokai. See you there next year.
The escorts and princesses for the different islands are: Hawaii, Kohala Pule and Princes Lehiwa Pedro; Maui, Likeke Schonley and Princess Makanani Place; Oahu, Lokia Kalilikane and Princess Kamakeikimaikalani Nahoopii-Kaauwai; Kauai, Makao DeMello and Princes Kauikauuleionaona Place; Molokai, Makamaekeolaonalani Willing-McCutcheon and Princess Leimomilani Casil-Dudoit; Lanai, Kaili DeSilva-Tollefson and Princess Keolakekuaokalani Kalilikane Yasso; Niihau, Kawaiola Caparida and Princess Hanaulani Kealoha; Kahoolawe, Keano Kakaio and Princess Makapihaikamalamaokalani Lee.