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With Song Contest days away, organizers left scrambling after nearly 500 lei are stolen

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Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 10:08 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2022 at 10:54 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kamehameha Schools parents are scrambling, trying to remake nearly 500 yarn lei for the annual Song Contest after someone stole the last batch.

They need to make at least 440 lei for the sophomore class, with 40 extras just in case.

A thief made off with boxes of assembled lei from a home in Kapolei on Tuesday.

After word quickly went out, people from across the country volunteered to help out.

“We had some people respond from the mainland, such as Phoenix, Las Vegas, California, saying that they can check out all the stores if we need them to, and they will purchase them for us,” said Leimomi Kekina, a sophomore at Kamehameha.

“I think it’s really sad that someone stole the leis, you know? And I want my son to have this experience because he didn’t get to experience as a freshman. This is his first year at song contest,” added Chace Phillip, a parent.

This will be the first in-person song contest at the Blaisdell since before the pandemic.

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