Lei of Aloha Being Prepared for Presidential Inauguration

January 12, 2017, 3:34 PM HST · Updated January 12, 3:40 PM
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    A Lei of Aloha is being prepared today in advance of the US Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump taking place next week.

    A private donor anonymously gifted $15,000 to Kīhei Charter School for five students and their teacher to travel to Washington DC for the Inauguration event.

    Starting at 8 a.m. today more than 100 students and over 60 volunteers helped prep and weave a Lei of Aloha to be delivered next week.

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    The students are part of a national Close Up program that participates with 2,300 other students from around the country in mock debates and a mock Congress. They will also tour the Capitol, all the monuments and meet with their Senators and Representatives.

    The Lei of Aloha project started with a mile long lei to Paris after the bombings there in 2015 and then again to Orlando after a massacre in a gay night club killed 49.

    Organizers say the mission is to send love and aloha where it is needed. “This lei is not a political statement and is non partisan,” said organizers.

    The lei will be measured and blessed at 5 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at a Pūpū Party and blessing/fundraiser at Nalu’s South Shore Grill.

    The lei will then leave with the students on Saturday night.

    Lei of Aloha being prepared for Presidential Inauguration. PC: 1.12.17

    Lei of Aloha being prepared for Presidential Inauguration. PC: 1.12.17

    Lei of Aloha being prepared for Presidential Inauguration. PC: 1.12.17

    Lei of Aloha being prepared for Presidential Inauguration. PC: 1.12.17

    Lei of Aloha being prepared for Presidential Inauguration. PC: 1.12.17

    Lei of Aloha being prepared for Presidential Inauguration. PC: 1.12.17

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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