News ReleasesMay 17, 2001
GIVE A LEI FOR MEMORIAL DAY
Fifty thousand flower leis are needed to decorate veterans' grave sites for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.
The city is appealing for donations of flower leis or blossoms which can be strung into leis for the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and other veterans cemeteries throughout Hawaii.
In recent years, fewer donations have made it difficult for Memorial Day organizers to sustain the uniquely Hawaiian tradition of decorating veterans' grave sites with colorful leis. Days before the annual observance, thousands of student and senior volunteers create mounds of leis and floral sprays which are then transported to the cemeteries and placed on the graves by Boy Scouts. Individual lei-makers are asked to support the community project by contributing leis measuring 20-24 inches in length before tying. The leis, however, must be tied when they are turned in. Floral sprays such as ti leaf and anthurium bouquets are welcome. Elderly or physically-challenged owners of flower-bearing trees should call for harvesting assistance.
Leis may be dropped off on Friday, May 25, 2001, at the following locations and times:
Community Parks - 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ala Wai Community Park, Halawa District Park, Makua Alii Senior Center,
Waianae District Park, Wahiawa District Park, Waiau District Park
Waipahu District Park, and Kaneohe Community and Senior Center
Fire Stations - 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
#6 in Kalihi, #12 in Waipahu, #14, in Waialua, #17, in Kaneohe
#18, in Kailua and #34, in Hawaii Kai
Honolulu Municipal Building - 8 a.m. to 12 noon
650 South King Street, Department of Parks and Recreation, 10th Floor.
Contact: Ann Niino at 527-6078###