City seeks Memorial Day lei donations

With Memorial Day approaching, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Tuesday the locations of collection sites for those who wish to donate lei to decorate veterans' graves 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 Mayor Caldwell in a statement. "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 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 to 24 inches before tying. Lei must be tied.

The lei can be dropped off at city parks, fire stations and the Parks Permit Office during specific periods of time on Friday or Saturday.

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

Friday, May 23, 2014

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Ala Wai Community Park
  • Kailua District Park
  • Kāne'ohe District Park
  • Makiki District Park
  • Mākua Ali'i Center
  • Waialua District Park
  • Wai'anae District Park
  • Waiau District Park
  • Waimānalo District Park
  • Waipahu District Park

6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • All city fire stations on O'ahu

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Department of Parks & Recreation offices
    • Kapolei Hale Security Desk - 1000 Uluōhi'a Street
    • Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building Parks Permit Section - 650 S King Street

Saturday, May 24, 2014

6:30 a.m. to noon

  • All city fire stations on O'ahu

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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