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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2003

THOUSANDS OF LEI NEEDED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

The City is asking the public to donate 50,000 flower lei to decorate veterans’ gravesites for the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26.

The flower lei, or blossoms which can be strung into lei, are for the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and other veterans cemeteries throughout Hawaii.

Each year, thousands of school children and senior citizens create lei from donated blossoms days prior to the holiday observance.  Completed lei are transported to the cemeteries by volunteers and placed on the graves by the Boy Scouts.

Individual lei-makers are urged to support the community effort by contributing lei measuring 20 to 24 inches in length from one end to the other.  The lei being turned in must be tied.

Lei may be dropped off on Friday, May 23, 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, Kaneohe Community and Senior Center, and Waikiki Community Center.

Fire Stations – 6 a.m. and Noon

            #6 Kalihi, #12 Waipahu, #14 Waialua, #17 Kaneohe, #18 Kailua, #27 Waimanalo and #34 Hawaii Kai

Honolulu Municipal Building – 8 a.m. to 12 noon

            650 South King Street, Department of Parks and Recreation, Permit Section, Ground Floor.

For more information, contact:  Ann Niino at 523-4535.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

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