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Apply now to join the prestigious Lei Court in 2023!
Applications due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

O‘AHU – Your chance to be part of the prestigious Lei Court for this coming year is fast approaching! The application deadline for the 2023 Lei Court is Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications must be received by the above date, not postmarked, and can be hand delivered or mailed to:

Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
Attn: Culture and Arts Section
1000 Ulu‘ōhi‘a Street, Suite 309
Kapolei, HI 96707

Applications are available online on the dedicated Lei Day Celebration website: . You may also access that form by clicking here or by visiting DPR at the above-mentioned address.

Applicants must be 61 years of age or older by the day of the selection event to qualify for the 2023 Lei Court. The Lei Court is selected from one of the four rotating age groups, with 2023 designated for Nā Kūpuna (The Elders).

The Lei Court Selection is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kapolei Hale. The public is invited to enjoy this beautifully unique display of Hawaiian pageantry as the event is free and open to the public.

During the selection, the Lei Court will be selected based on their lei-making abilities, hula performance, poise, personality, and public speaking in English and Hawaiian. The selection will determine the Lei Queen/King and their princes/princesses to represent the City and County of Honolulu in an honorary capacity during select events throughout the year. Of those events, the Lei Day Celebration is one of the most prominent.

The theme for the 2023 Lei Day Celebration is Lei Kuahiwi
 - Mountain Lei. 

The 95th Annual Lei Day Celebration will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023, at Kapi‘olani Park, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

For information on the Lei Court Selection event and applications call (808) 768-3020. Mahalo and hau‘oli makahiki hou!

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please contact the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email

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