June 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Hawaii residents honor Orlando victims with 49-foot lei
(Screenshot via WFTV Channel 9)

(Screenshot via WFTV Channel 9)

Hawaii residents created their own special tribute to the Orlando massacre victims by constructing a mile-long lei, 49-feet to represent the lives lost.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, 400 volunteers, including the governor of Hawaii, braided the “Lei of Aloha” out of twisted ti leaves, flowers and 49 small cowrie shells engraved with the names of the victims. A group traveled from Hawaii to Orlando to present the lei.

The lei was split into three pieces for travel. A piece was placed in front of Pulse nightclub, Orlando Medical Regional Center and the Dr. Phillips Center where there is a growing memorial in its courtyard.

The group paused at the Dr. Phillips Center to join hands and sing traditional Hawaiian songs and prayers.


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