Was an honor and a privilege to help bring out the "Lei of aloha" that was made in honor to commemorate the people affected by the tragedy that happened here recently in Las Vegas. The lei was made from hundreds of volunteers across Hawaii, and was shipped here to the states to land in its resting place at the Healing Garden here in Las Vegas.
In response to the Route 91 Harvest festival shootings Oct. 1 that left 58 dead, more than 500 Hawaiian volunteers worked four 14-hour days on multiple islands to weave sections of a massive ti-leaf lei — with a total 2-mile length — to honor the Las Vegas victims and spread the spirit of aloha.
The mission statement of the “Lei of Aloha for World Peace”:
“We are One
Weaving together ti leaves from Kauai to Hawaii Island
Kaupo to Keanae to Olowalu
Weaving love and aloha to wrap around the people of the world, the Lei of Aloha brings us together to grieve, to heal, to connect and to lift our collective spirits.
When we lift one, we lift all.
The Lei of Aloha is about connection: we sit, side by side, weaving lei, weaving conversation, weaving friendship.
Weaving leaves of every color: red, yellow, pink, light green, dark green.
Weaving people: gay, straight, Hawaiian, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, young, young at heart.
Once woven and joined together,
It is impossible to tell us apart
We are One”
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