Hawaii halau honors New Zealand victims
The halau offer their lei as a gesture of aloha from Hawaii to all the people of Aotearoa.
More than a week has passed since the New Zealand mosque shootings in the town of Christchurch that left 50 people dead. It was a massacre that devastated the nation and the world.
At various mosques across Auckland, hearts are still grieving the lives lost.
A Hawai'i hula halau stopped at the Ponsonby Mosque in Auckland to pay their peaceful respects.
The students from Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Waahila, a halau from Honolulu led by Kumu Hula Maelia Lobenstein Carter were joined by their sister halau from Auckland.
The Halau was originally in Auckland for a hula fest but was cancelled in honor of the victims.
In the wake of the shootings, the halau, along with other Hawaii performers held a fundraiser called 'Hawaii for Christchurch' in Auckland.
The day following the performance, both halau marched about 1.5 miles from the marae they were staying at to Ponsonby Mosque, New Zealand’s oldest mosque, to offer their lei as a gesture of aloha from Hawaii to all the people of Aotearoa, especially those affected by the terrorist act.
Halau members tied their lei poo together to form a chain of aloha.