Hawaii prepares to send another 'Lei of Aloha' to Florida after school shooting

Updated: Feb. 19, 2018 at 10:13 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A "Lei of Aloha" will be sent to Parkland, Florida in light of another mass school shooting.

Organizers say they are planning to weave and send over two and a half miles of ti-leaf lei to Florida to share with the families of those killed. The lei serves as a symbol of aloha and a call for peace.

The group previously sent leis of aloha to Paris after a terrorist bombing, Orlando after a shooting at the Pulse nightclub, and Las Vegas following the shooting at a country music concert.

This time, organizers hope their call for aloha and peace will ring louder across the nation.

"When will enough be enough? We can no longer just offer up the lei and our aloha, our message must be stronger," organizer Ron Panzo said.

"We want to do a total of 18 lei, a total of nearly two and a half miles, each one about an eighth of a mile long, one for each life taken and one to present at the school itself," Panzo added.

Schools across the state are also getting involved with the making of lei.

"We wanted to bring the schools together, to weave their love and aloha into the lei and we will send a delegation of students and teachers to make the presentations in Florida," Panzo said.

Some schools participating include Roosevelt High, Kamalii Elementary, Radford High, Maui charter schools, Kalani High, Kaimuki High and University of Hawaii campuses at Manoa and Hilo, along with several other schools.

GoFundMe page has been set up for those wanting to contribute to the process.

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