The 4th Annual “Mahalo, Hawaii!” Sign-Waving and “Lei of Remembrance” Memorial

May 25, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Hawaii State Capitol Courtyard
415 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu HI 96813
Divina Telan Robillard
(808) 256-3932

Usually held the Friday of or before Memorial Week in May, this event signifies the end of the month’s celebrations. Sign-waving expresses the HI ALS Community’s gratitude to our citizens for celebrating the month with us. The “Lei of Remembrance” Memorial has two purposes: to remember those with ALS who have passed and to refresh our commitment to continue to work for the cause of pALS and their families. The ceremony starts with an o’li followed by a reading of the names of all deceased in a solemn ceremony. As a name is read, a family member or member of the group will pick a flower from a basket and bring it to the table where two people are stringing a lei. When all names are read, the lei is completed and draped over an empty wheelchair, signifying the dead. A closing prayer is read by a pALS. Potluck supper follows. During the potluck, the lei is offered at the foot of the statue of Fr. Damien.