I've perused 6 more rolls of microfilm from the Honolulu Star-
Bulletin, April-June 1956. An excerpt:
"Lei Day this year brought me two especially appreciated reminders of
Hawaii and of the day dedicated to Aloha, leis of Aloha and the
general aroma of friendliness which on this day, is extra-evident....
"The Mail Man arrived with a large square box .... It was a gorgeous
plumeria lei, the deep golden-satin petalled kind, with the petals
curved back. It was heavy, sumptuous and fragrant beyond the
perfumes of Araby.
"As I put the lei around my neck, each flower seemed to be a
remembered voice of Island friends, whispering Aloha, Don. Aloha.
"It wasn't just dew that glistened on the petals as I touched the
flowers with remembering fingers. I remembered the first leis that I
experienced (for they ARE an experience) in 1916 when I landed, a
wide-eyed wondering and delight-filled malihini boy....
"Who do you think sent that lovely lei? Aunty Elizabeth, from her
little lei stand on Kalakaua in front of the Royal Hawaiian....
"Mahalo, Aunty Elizabeth, dear Tutu. Mahalo for the gift, but even
more for remembering that the Father of Lei Day might be a little
wistful on this day.
"Another lei, and a very unusual one, came. It might be called
an 'everlasting lei' from my friend, Frank Lindsay. It was a
wonderful inspiring message worked out in carven raised letters on a
decorated plaque which can go right in front of my typewriter desk
where I spend so many hours.
"It was the 23rd Psalm, the Shepherd's Psalm, which has been my
talisman in many crises and in hours of lost-ness when the heart is
weary, discouraged and lonely.
"I shall hang the plumeria lei over the plaque and let the petals
turn from golden-yellow to the rich glowing brown as they dry. They,
too, will be there in my sight and in my heart for a long time.
"But the petals of both, the flower-petals and the word-blossoms will
be endlessly fresh in my memory.
"Only 11 more months until next Lei Day. Wonder where I'll be and
what I'll be doing. I hope it will be celebrated in Hawaii, but we
never know, do we?
"And I suppose that's best....