Celebrate Lei Day and Laka
with Daughter of the Goddess
Monday, May 11, 11:00AM-5:00PM - please note different time than usual!
Lafayette location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgender women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
The Lei embodies the Aloha Spirit of the Hawai’ian people. It means Hospitality, Love, Peace, Hello, and Farewell. The flowers may only last a short time, perhaps only a few hours, but the memory of having a Lei placed on your shoulders lasts forever.
May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i, and it is a time to celebrate the beauty of Hawai’ian culture with beautiful leis, hula, music, and crafts. In 1929 Lei Day became an official Holiday in Hawai’i. Many of the customs of Hawai’i were outlawed after the American missionaries came to Hawai'i, including Hula, using the Hawai’ian language, and many styles of Lei making. Lei maker Nancy Fuller leaves her leis unfinished to commemorate the styles and techniques that have been lost.
One of the plants used in Lei making is the Maile. If you smell the Maile and none is growing nearby, you may be in one of the remains of an ancient Temple honoring Laka. Laka is the Hawa’iian Goddess of Hula and the forest. The Maile plant is sacred to Laka and offered at Her altars and worn by Hula dancers. Laka can turn into a Maile vine at will and will leave the magical scent of the Maile on the wind.
As the Goddess of Hula, Laka is in a Sacred relationship with Hula Dancers, moving through them, helping them to become the dance. Hawai’ian scholar Mary Kawena Pukui says that Laka “is dancing through the dancer.” She explains that the term “hoʻoulu ʻia” is a “surge of strength and control that gets a job finished. That turns an acceptable bit of work into a superior one.” When one witnesses Hula, such as that of our Kahuna Leilani, we can clearly see what Mary Kawena Pukui is describing.
Laka is also a Goddess of the Forest. She is reproductive, lush, powerful energy. She makes the Forest grow and thrive. Before going to the Forest, human beings ask Laka for permission to enter. This Sacred relationship between Laka and Hawai’ian Lei Makers shines through in their art, as Laka's permission has been granted for the collection of the botanical specimens used. She is a Goddess of devotion, strength, and of the secret places. As we gather for Lei Day, our hearts are open to the loss of many Sacred Forests of Laka through development and deforestation. As a Temple, we intentionally continue to learn about Hawai’ian Sovereignty and we engage in the fight for the rights of Hawai’i. It is our prayer that Laka may continue to light our way to the truth, empower us in our plight, and show us the ways that we can make a difference.
For this ritual lease bring two bunches of flowers for our Haku Lei making. Please bring a tithe in a denomination of $5 wrapped in a green cord for Kahea, the community-based organization working to improve the quality of life for Hawai`i's people and future generations through the revitalization and protection of Hawai`i's unique natural and cultural resources. Please bring your Hawai’ian word candle if you have one from a previous ritual. Please bring a yellow candle and wear your Aloha clothes. Bring any symbols or Pictures of Laka and items from Hawai’i that might want to be charged up.
Please come and join us for this beautiful Ritual spend time in Aloha Hawai’ian energy of Lei making, Hula, and Sisterhood.
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