May Day is not only Lei Day in Hawaii but in other places around the world as well. Like Las Vegas, for instance, which comes as no surprise to most locals. Many spend their vacations in Sin City, while some end up making it their home away from home.

But Lei Day in Vegas is always just as festive as in the islands. Hundreds of visitors pack the California Hotel Casino, which has – for some reason – become a favorite among Hawaii locals. The hotel hosts the weekend of island-style fun – from music and dancing to Hawaiian arts and crafts.

The tasty food is what everyone’s really hanging around for. There’s usually a ton of Hawaiian food available for sampling. Laulau (pork dish wrapped in taro leaves), kalua pig and poi! Save room for dessert because the event is known for serving up fresh, homemade malasadas. Mmm…

Second best to the free food is that the event itself is free. Most people will try their luck at the craps table or slots in between sampling savory Hawaiian dishes abroad. There are, however, two special events that require ticket purchases. These include the Tahiti Taurua Nui Las Vegas Dance Competition ($20 admission) and a concert featuring Hawaiian recording artists ($20 tickets, $25 at the door).

LEI DAY IN LAS VEGAS

• Weekend following May 1 at the California Hotel Casino • 702-385-1222

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