Celebrating the Aloha Spirit

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Students make carnation and yarn leis at the Hood Museum of Art on Lei Day.

Students making Leis
(Video by Charlie Palsho ’22)

May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii, a holiday recognized for more than 90 years to celebrate the compassionate culture found there.

In an event that was part of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and also sponsored by the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Native American Program, Dartmouth Hōkūpa’a, and Dartmouth PRIDE, students gathered that day in the Russo Atrium at the Hood Museum of Art to make carnation and yarn leis.

They were guided, in part, by Elizabeth Nohea Coleman ’21, who has worked as a studio art intern and talked about the lei’s cultural significance.

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