Queen will be crowned tomorrow
2006 Lei Queen Sharla Ku'ualohapumehana Ka'eo anoints her successor tomorrow at the city's 80th Lei Day Queen & Court selection, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park.
The celebration continues a tradition that dates to 1928, when the first lei queen, Nina Bowman, was crowned by Mayor Charles Arnold.
Today's queens are chosen from three age groups that rotate through the years. This year's queen will be from the Na Makuahine group, ages 31 to 54. The queen will preside over festivities May 1 at Kapiolani Park and May 2 at Mauna'ala (the Royal Mausoleum) and Kawaiaha'o Church.
The contestants will compete in lei-making and hula, and will demonstrate their poise, personality and speaking skills (in English and Hawaiian).
Admission is free; seats are first-come, first-served. Call 692-5531. For more on Lei Day events, visit www.honoluluparks.com.