A Little More Than Five For Friday-May Day Edition

Aloha Friday!  Well by the time you read this it will most likely be Saturday or Sunday.  This week has been a crazy one at school getting ready for our May Day performance.  It was pretty late this year due to our state testing.

May Day in Hawaii is a tradition at many schools and our school makes a big deal out of it.  This year was no exception.  Most classes have been preparing for the last month.

The focus of May Day is to celebrate the Hawaiian culture through song and dance.  Our school adds more of a multicultural approach and different grade levels represent cultures all over the world.

Our class decided to do Waka Waka by Shakira this year.  We decided to go with a day glow warrior look.

 My colleague ordered bright shirts for each student.  The boys shirts we slashed up 80's style and the girls we cut off the top, made fringe and tied it on as a skirt.  We braided up all of their hair on Thursday, with the help of a few moms.

The big day and they are so excited.  They are watching the first graders carry their chairs to their spots as we set up.

Our staff and parents do an amazing job setting this up every year, and it always looks beautiful!

If you read my post last year you may remember that the 6th graders are the Royal Hawaiian Court.  They enter the stage first and watch all of the performances.  See my post from last year.

The first performance this year was a hula from the teachers.  I do not have a picture since I was dancing.  It was a very pretty hula and our Kumu Hula Aunty Faith is a fellow teacher.  She comes up with a hula for the staff each year.  This year after our Hula she had us dance to The Twist.  It was a lot of fun and always gets the kids and parents excited for the rest of the performances.  My class was thrilled when I came off stage.  Lots of hugs and cheers!  (A parent sent me this video if you would like to see part of it)  Teacher Hula  The Twist (I am in the front row left in the white and orange flowered dress)

Next up were the third grade classes.  This year they did a Bollywood number that was just beautiful and delightful.  They started with a Sun Salutation and a few yoga moves.

That's my daughter in the pink.  She was so excited to wear the sari, the bindi and have her hands all Henna'd up!

Kindergarten was next and they did the calypso number Shake Senora.  It was just adorable!!

First grade always rocks the house and they did a Maori Warrior routine.

The fifth graders did a medley of numbers from across the decades starting with the 70's.  My daughter got to wear an afro and sunglasses and for the first time she was excited about May Day. She is extremely shy and has never been in the front row for a May Day performance!  

They continued with Footloose, Can't Touch This, Pink-I'm Coming Out, Beyonce-All The Single Ladies.

These boys were too funny doing a rendition of Justin Bieber's Baby.

It ended with Gangnam Style and the whole school got up and danced!!

Finally our second grade classes came out.  Here are my little cuties dancing...

They worked so hard and it came out so cute!  The parents were thrilled and so proud to see all of their little guys performing out there.

Needless to say I am exhausted!!  I came home and hit the couch for a much needed nap!  I am so glad it is over and I only have 5 days of school left!!!  I plan on hitting the waves this weekend and taking a much needed break.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a fantastic celebration!!! Such an amazing thing your students get to be a part of.

    Table Talk with C & C

    1. Thank you Carrie! It is a ton of work, but the kids will always remember it!!

  2. This is awesome! I love the song that your kids danced to! You sure have some fantastic dancers in your class :) How neat is it to do something like this each year! Made me smile, thanks for sharing!!

    I've Got It Made in Second Grade

  3. That is awesome! I wish my school did any remotely close to that!!
    Teaching in the Valley

  4. This has to be one of my favorite posts of yours! I LOVE everything about this! Watching the videos makes me even more excited to be moving there and finding a teaching job! SO sad I am not applying to your district:( HOW FUN!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  5. This looks like so much fun! Thanks so much for sharing! I've been a follower of your TpT store, but just realized that I didn't follow your blog, but I do now!

    Always an Adventure in Kindergarten

  6. Corinna, I watched both videos and they're amazing! What a blast you guys must have:))

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