Girl scout troops work to fill city’s lei demand for Memorial Day weekend

The Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department told KHON Saturday afternoon it needed 38,000 lei for the Memorial Day weekend.

Through the efforts of many, it received 4,000 more, totaling 42,000 lei for veteran grave sites on Oahu.

One of these efforts includes the Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s “Lei of Aloha” project, which was underway at Windward Mall on Saturday.

It was started by one scout three years ago, and on Saturday, more than 15 girl scout troops from across the island helped out.

They took flower and lei donations, as well as sewed lei together to help honor each of the more than 9,000 veterans at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.

“And we want to make as many leis as we can so we can honor each and every veteran cause they are the people who sacrificed themselves and fought for our freedom, so we wanted to remember and honor them,” said Marissa Lum, Lei of Aloha coordinator.

Hickam Federal Credit Union donated more than 29,000 flowers to the project.

Lum hopes the girl scouts can contribute more than 3,000 lei this year.

In past years they made more than 1,000.

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