Lei-mak­ing Scouts Need Flow­ers For Vet­er­ans’ Ka­neohe Graves

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

This Sun­day — the day be­fore Me­mo­rial Day — Girl Scouts from across the is­land will at­tend a me­mo­rial ser­vice at Hawaii State Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery, fol­lowed by a dec­o­rat­ing of the graves “with flags and flow­ers in quiet dig­nity.”

That’s ac­cord­ing to Cas­tle High ju­nior Melissa Lum, who is on a mis­sion to have all the flow­ers ready in time.

She and fel­low Scouts from the Ka­neohe Ser­vice Unit will be at Wind­ward Mall cen­ter court from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day to col­lect flow­ers and freshly made leis as well as yarn, rib­bon and silk leis, which the ceme­tery also ac­cepts.

This is their sec­ond an­nual Lei of Aloha project, and they know how to han­dle it.

“For ease of drop off,” Lum ex­plained, “we will have a tent set up fronting Kame­hameha High­way. The com­mu­nity also is en­cour­aged to bring do­na­tions to the cen­ter court stage area to sew, learn about the Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars and en­joy the ca­ma­raderie.”

Lum re­cently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for co­or­di­nat­ing the project, which last year pro­duced 1,100 leis for the Ka­neohe ceme­tery.

“(Up un­til) last year, more than 9,000 vet­er­ans were in­terred at Hawaii State Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery,” she noted. “In just a sin­gle year, the num­ber has grown to more than 10,000 vet­eran graves, and there are not nearly enough leis to honor each one of our fallen he­roes on Me­mo­rial Day.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 235-6346.

Busy hands cre­ate leis from do­nated flow­ers at last year’s in­au­gu­ral Lei of Aloha project at Wind­ward Mall.

Leis and flow­ers from Oahu Girl Scout troops adorned the last rest­ing places of is­land soldiers at Hawaii State Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery for Me­mo­rial Day 2013. Pho­tos from Marissa Lum.

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