The hand-woven gift contains 49 shells, each inscribed with the name of a victim who died in this month’s massacre.
Hawaii may be thousands of miles away, but the islands have touched those affected by the Orlando massacre with the spirit of aloha.
The group laid one lei in front of Pulse nightclub to honor the victims who died there. They presented another section to the Orlando Regional Medical Center, in support of medical professionals and the wounded who are in their care. The last section of the lei was displayed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Each one “represents joy, love, and healing and peace,” Lehua Kekehuna, a Hawaii representative, told WKMG Orlando. “That’s what we’re hoping it will do for everyone here.”
Maui resident Ron Ponzo began to organize the lei-making tribute on the island days after the Orlando massacre. Nearly 400 volunteers turned out to help.