City asks for lei donations
The city is asking for the public's help in collecting 50,000 leis to place on the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl for Memorial Day.
Leis can be dropped off at the Parks Permit Office at the Fasi Municipal Building by Honolulu Hale, several community parks and fire stations by tomorrow.
All leis must be made of fresh flower or ti leaves and must be 20 to 24 inches long before they are tied. The city is asking the leis be tied and will accept loose plumerias and floral sprays such as ti leaf and anthurium bouquets.
Boy Scouts will place a lei on each grave to honor the fallen veterans and service members. The city will hold the 59th annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Punchbowl. The drop-off locations tomorrow for leis include:
» 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Waianae District Park, Kailua District Park, Waialua District Park, Waiau District Park and Hauula District Park.
» 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ala Wai Community Park, Makiki District Park, Kaneohe District Park, Makua Alii Senior Center and Waipahu District Park.
» 6 to 11 a.m. at any fire station on Oahu.
» 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fasi Municipal Building, Parks Permit Section at 650 S. King St.
Loose plumeria flowers can be dropped off today at Waipahu District Park, Kailua District Park and Makua Alii Senior Center, at 1541 Kalakaua Ave.
For more information, call the city Department of Parks and Recreation at 973-7264.
Punchbowl traffic altered
With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is preparing for increased visitor traffic.
The cemetery's normally two-way road system will become one-way. After driving to the main flagpole inside the cemetery, visitors can normally turn left or right. Starting Saturday through Tuesday, visitors will only be able to turn right and traverse the cemetery counterclockwise.
Police officers will also be directing traffic at the following intersections outside the cemetery: Tantalus and Puowaina drives, Puowaina Drive and Hookui Street, and Hookui and Auwaiolimu streets.