Lei of Aloha participants weave ti leaves at Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kihei on Thursday afternoon. A half-mile-long lei will be delivered to Washington, D.C., by Kihei Charter School students and a teacher traveling to the nation's capital for Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration. Teacher John Fitzpatrick said that the students will be participating in the Close Up Program with 2,300 students from around the country, taking part in a mock Congress and mock debates and marching in a women’s parade as well as attending the inauguration. Fitzpatrick said that the inaugural lei is meant to show support for all Americans, including Muslims, Hispanics, women and those who advocate for women’s reproductive rights. “We’re saying we all stand together,” he said. The students plan to present the lei at the King Kamehameha I statue inside the U.S. Capitol.
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