Lei donations wanted for Memorial Day grave sites

The scent of freshly cut plumeria filled the air inside Honolulu Hale Friday as dozens of volunteers were on hand to help make lei for Memorial Day.

The city is hoping to collect 38,000 lei to decorate the graves of veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

“Every year thousands of volunteers from across Oahu sew lei to honor the fallen with an incredible display of aloha,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Mahalo to everyone who participates. We couldn’t do it without your kokua.”

Lei can be dropped off at designated community parks and fire stations on Oahu, and the Parks Permit Office in Honolulu, during specific periods of time Friday, May 23 or Saturday, May 24.

All lei must be made of fresh flowers or ti leaves and must measure 20-24 inches before tying (lei must be tied).

For additional information about donating lei, please call 768-3002.

Lei donations can be dropped off at the following locations and times:

Friday, May 23, 2014

  • City parks – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Ala Wai Community Park
    • Kailua District Park
    • Kaneohe District Park
    • Makiki District Park
    • Makua Alii Center
    • Waialua District Park
    • Waianae District Park
    • Waiau District Park
    • Waimanalo District Park
    • Waipahu District Park
  • All city fire stations on Oahu – 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Dept. of Parks & Recreation offices – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Kapolei Hale Security Desk, 1000 Uluohia St.
  • Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building Parks Permit Section, 650 S. King Street

Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • All city fire stations on Oahu – 6:30 a.m. to noon

The Mayor’s Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Parking at the cemetery is very limited and the public is encouraged to use the shuttle buses. Shuttle buses will operate from the Alapa’i Express Bus Terminal from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Bus passes will be accepted, otherwise regular bus fares will prevail.

Parking at the Civic Center Parking Lot will be free.

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