Maui residents to make mile-long lei for Orlando shooting victim

Maui residents to make mile-long lei for Orlando shooting victims

(Image: Sherrie Austin/File) (Image: Sherrie Austin/File)
KIHEI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A group of volunteers on Maui is organizing an effort to make a mile-long lei that will be sent to Orlando to honor the victims in Sunday's shooting, but they need some help.

Ron Ponzo, owner of Nalu's South Shore Grill located at 1280 S Kihei Rd. is opening up space in his restaurant for volunteers to begin lei making on Wednesday, around 1 p.m. and then continue each day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until the project is completed.  

"We need ti leaves and more volunteers," volunteer Pat Mulligan said.  "Ron is letting us use his restaurant's patio and we're going to put up tents for shade but it'll be warm so be sure you bring your own water."

The same group organized the mile-long lei that was sent to France after November's bombing in Paris. Mulligan said that lei took nearly four days to complete.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring ti leaves to Nalu's South Shore Grill. For those who wish to volunteer but don't know how to make a lei, Mulligan says there will be people on hand to teach you.

When completed, a kumu and Maui delegation will hand-deliver the lei to Orlando. 

To help with this expense, donations are accepted through The Cynthia Rose Foundation, the non-profit acting as the fiscal agent.

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