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            (Friday, May 7, 2010) --- Fifty thousand fresh lei are needed for placement on the graves of veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and at all state veterans’ cemeteries for Memorial Day.


            The lei are needed on Friday, May 28, and can be dropped off at designated community parks and fire stations on Oahu, and the Parks Permit Office at the Fasi Municipal Building.  Loose plumeria flowers can also be dropped off on that same day at Waipahu District Park, Kailua District Park and Makua Alii Senior Center at 1542 Kalakaua Avenue.


The 61st annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  The Boy Scouts will place a garland of flowers on each grave to honor the memory of the fallen veterans and service members.


The public is asked to donate lei made with fresh flowers or ti leaves that measure 20 to 24 inches before tying.  All lei must be tied.  Floral sprays such as ti leaf and anthurium bouquets are also welcome.


Lei may be dropped off at the following Oahu locations on Friday, May 28.

City Parks  (Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

Ala Wai Community Park        Hauula Community Park Kailua District Park             Kaneohe District Park Makiki District Park      Makua Alii Senior Center Waialua District Park             Waianae District Park

Waiau District Park     Waimanalo District Park

Waipahu District Park


Fire Stations (Between 6:30 a.m. and Noon)

Any fire station on Oahu


Department of Parks & Recreation Offices  (Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

Fasi Municipal Building, Parks Permit Section, 1st Floor, 650 S. King Street

Kapolei Hale, Security Desk, 1st Floor, 1000 Uluohia Street


For more information please call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 768-3001.