Lei-making event will honor veterans

The public is invited to participate in a community lei-making event on the front lawn of the County Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

The free event, sponsored by Kaunoa Senior Services and the Office of the Mayor, is intended to gather the community to make a total of more than 2,500 lei.

The lei will be placed on veterans’ graves at Makawao Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day by Girl Scouts.

Ample parking and a free shuttle to the County Building will be available from the War Memorial Ichiro “Iron” Maehara Baseball Stadium parking lot every half-hour from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Live music by Kevin Kanemoto & Friends will be featured, along with emcee Kathy Collins.

Flower donations are requested; flowers and greenery may be dropped off between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event at the South High Street parking lot fronting the County Building.

Examples of materials needed include: lei needles and crochet thread; green ti leaves (cut and frozen); crown flowers; orchids; bozu flowers; plumeria (buds and partially open); bougainvillea flowers and leaves; and other sturdy flowers.

Pre-sewn lei are also welcome; lei should be 16 to 24 inches long before tying.

For more information, call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.