‘ALOHA’ VEGAS BOUND
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.
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.