Memorial Day lei donation sites announced

By Clayton Wakida, KITV Digital Media Manager, KITV Digital Media Manager
Published On: May 20 2014 10:52:29 AM HST

Honolulu's Department of Parks and Recreation is asking for help in collecting lei to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

HONOLULU -

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Tuesday the locations of collection sites for individuals and groups wishing to donate lei to decorate the graves of veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl for Memorial Day.

"Every year thousands of volunteers from across O'ahu sew lei to honor the fallen with an incredible display of aloha," said Caldwell. "Once again the city will accept lei donations at parks and fire stations across the island.  Mahalo to everyone who participates, we couldn’t do it without your kokua."

The 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.

This unique community project aims to collect 38,000 lei for placement on individual grave markers.  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
Kane'ohe District Park
Makiki District Park
Makua Ali'i Center
Waialua District Park
Wai'anae District Park
Waiau District Park
Waimanalo District Park
Waipahu District Park

All city fire stations on O'ahu, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Department of Parks & Recreation offices, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kapolei Hale Security Desk, 1000 Uluohi'a Street
Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building Parks Permit Section, 650 S. King Street

Saturday, May 24, 2014
All city fire stations on O'ahu, 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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