‘ALOHA’ VE­GAS BOUND

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

lando and de­liv­ered the lei to Pulse, to the hospi­tal where many were treated, and to the large memo­rial site. Met by dozens of Hawai­ians who live in Florida, they de­liv­ered pow­er­ful chants of grief, sad­ness and love.

“I’ve been singing ‘Hawaii Aloha’ all my life, but I was never so proud as I was when we sang that song in Or­lando,” said Stacey Moniz, one of the Hawaii 6-O.

The or­ga­niz­ers of Lei of Aloha also sent lei to Washington, D.C. and to Hon­olulu for the re­turn of the voy­ag­ing ca­noe Hokulea from her three-year world­wide voy­age, Malama Honua.

The shoot­ings in Las Ve­gas were an in­stant call to ac­tion for the Lei of Aloha team.

“We knew im­me­di­ately we needed to do a lei for Las Ve­gas. They’re fam­ily,” said Panzo.

Hawai­ian Air­lines is do­nat­ing air­fare for four from Hon­olulu to Las Ve­gas, and the Cal­i­for­nia Ho­tel and Casino will be hous­ing the vol­un­teers de­liv­er­ing lei to sites through­out Las Ve­gas, in­clud­ing the scene of the shoot­ing.

PHO­TOS BY CYRILA PYCHA

LEFT: Angie and Andy Best­wick, along with song­bird/en­ter­tainer of clas­sic old-style Hawai­ian mu­sic, Aunty Polei Palme­ria, from left, helped weave ti leaves on Kauai to be joined with the two-mile Lei of Aloha be­ing de­liv­ered to Las Ve­gas. ABOVE: Don­ald and Eve­lyn Nagamine of Li­hue do­nated a truck­load of ti leaves.

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