a cultural affair: hawaiʻi graduations

Photos by Marie Eriel Hobro // Words by Olivia Peterkin

What many see as a standard rite of passage is no small affair in Hawaiʻi. Graduation ceremonies are celebrated with a panache that canʻt be found anywhere else. One of the things that make them so unique are the lei ceremonies that follow the formal program. During this celebration, graduates are buried in dozens of lei and floaties given to them by loved ones. This ongoing photo essay explores the unique ways in which Hawaiʻi honors its high school graduates.