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2-mile-long "Lei of Aloha" presented in Las Vegas to honor shooting victims

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A two-mile long Lei of Aloha featured on KITV earlier this week has been presented in Las Vegas to honor the victims of a mass shooting.

The ceremony took place Saturday.


In Hawaii, residents are coming together to support those affected by the Las Vegas shooting.

In Kaimuki, helping hands gathered to make a 2-mile-long ti leaf lei.   They're calling it the "Lei of Aloha".

The lei-making took place at Jawaiian Irie Jerk restaurant on Waialae Avenue.  Ron Panzo, owner of the Nalu Restaurant on Maui, came up with the idea.

"Of course, because Las Vegas is our ninth sister island, he feels instead of a mile-long we need to do two miles.  So, instead of doing it out of Maui, he called me and other sister islands to make at least a quarter-mile lei," said Colleen Nomura of Jawaiian Irie Jerk.  "So whatever the community can do to bring help with ti or weave lei is appreciated."

Hula halau from Iolani School, as well as members from New Hope Church are helping.  The plan is for the lei being made on the other islands to be brought to Honolulu on Tuesday.  Then, it will be strung together and sent to Las Vegas.

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