(Tues., May 15, 2012)—Bring your lunch to Honolulu Hale Courtyard on Friday, May 25, to enjoy the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club and sew lei for the upcoming Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony. The lei sewing festivities will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Every year more than 50,000 fresh flower lei are needed to be placed on each veteran's grave marker at Punchbowl and other cemeteries on Oahu for Memorial Day ceremonies honoring our fallen heroes. The Mayor’s Memorial Day Service is on Monday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Those who cannot attend the sewing event can drop off lei on Friday, May 25, at designated community parks (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and fire stations (6:30 a.m. to noon), the Parks Permit Office in the Fasi Municipal Building and at the Kapolei Hale Security Desk (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Loose plumeria and other lei flowers are also needed and can be dropped off on the morning of Friday, May 25, (8:30 a.m. to noon) at Waipahu District Park, Kailua District Park and Makua Ali‘i Senior Center. For information and drop-off locations and times, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 768-3002.