Iolani School celebrates May Day, 150th anniversary

By Paula Akana
Published On: Apr 30 2013 09:36:47 PM HST

Iolani School celebrates 150 years with a May Day celebration and a surprise birthday party for students.

HONOLULU -

From humble, royal beginnings, Iolani School has grown and, on Tuesday, its more than 1,800 students came together to celebrate.

On the urging of King Kamehameha IV to establish the English Church in Hawaii, an Anglican boarding school opened in Lahaina in 1863.

At just about the same time, St. Alban's College was established in Pauoa.  The schools eventually merged and in 1870, Queen Emma bestowed the name Iolani on the school, which means "Heavenly bird."

The school moved to Nuuanu and later to its present site along the Ala Wai, where its history is not lost in its May Day celebration.

With the presentation of a king, queen and royal court, the program included dances highlighting historic moments.

Ka Wailele O Nuuanu honored the school's history in Nuuanu.

And the young ladies joined the young men on stage to signify 1979, when the school friend went co-ed.

A day to celebrate achievements for a school founded when there was no television, telephones or modern medicine.

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