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  • Perle Marie Puamōhala Kaholokula Crowned 89th Lei Queen

Perle Marie Puamōhala Kaholokula crowned 89thLei Queen


(Left to right) First Princess Leinā‘ala Robello, Lei Queen Pua Kaholokula, and Princess Kalikolehua Cooke. Photo by Dave Miyamoto.

Honolulu -- This past Saturday, Department of Parks and Recreation Director Jeanne Ishikawa crowned Perle Marie Puamōhala Kaholokula as the 2017 Lei Queen during a ceremony at Lester McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Regional Park. For her court she will be joined by First Princess Pauline Leinā‘ala Robello and Princess Ada Kalikokalehua Cooke.

Having recently moved to O‘ahu from the Garden Isle, Lei Queen Pua, represents the 89thLei Queen. Queen Pua was born and raised in Makaweli, Kaua‘i to her parents Mike and Nora Vidinha. She has three brothers, Martin, Mark and Jimmy. Queen Pua graduated from Waimea High School.She is the wife to her beloved, late husband Robbie Kaholokula and a mother of two wonderful children, Baron and Lei U‘i. Queen Pua is enjoying her newest role as Puna to her first grandchild, her lei kula, her mo‘o - Kia‘ipono.

First Princess Leinā‘ala Robello was born and raised in Kalihi, O‘ahu. She is married to Joseph Robello III. They have one daughter, two mo‘opuna with number three on the way. She is an IT specialist with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Princess Kalikolehua Cooke's ‘ohana hails from Hawai‘i island. She is married to Robert Cooke. They have three children and two mo‘opuna. She is an office manager at Periocare, Dr. Braden Seamons.

This year's competition featured a new category, Nā Mākua ‘Ō‘ō, featuring ladies 46 -- 60 years of age.

Each contestant was scored on the following skills performed on site: one-hour lei making, speaking English and Hawaiian, modern hula and poise/personality.

Lei Queen Pua and her court will make their official debut at the 90thAnnual Lei Day Celebration festivities, and will be the city's Ambassadors of Aloha at a variety of public events.

The Lei Day Celebration will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Kapi‘olani Regional Park from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The theme for the celebration is Lei Kula (the gold lei of the golden years).

Along with Hawaiian entertainment, demonstrations and exhibits, the celebration event will feature a lei contest exhibit showcasing some of the most exquisitely crafted lei in a variety of colors and methods.

Information about the 90thAnnual Lei Day Celebration, the three lei contests judged at the event, and free lei making workshops are now available at

These events are made possible thanks to donations from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and Hula Grill Waikīkī, as well as partnerships with Summit Media and Salon 808.

The first Lei Day was celebrated on May 1, 1927 with a few people wearing lei in downtown Honolulu. Over time, more and more people began to wear lei on May 1st, and thus began the tradition of "May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i."

The first Lei Queen, Nina Bowman, was crowned by Honolulu Mayor Charles Arnold in 1928.

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