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Winners of 2018 Mayor's Memorial Day Poster Contest receive awards


A congratulatory ceremony recognizing the outstanding artwork submitted for the 2018 Mayor's Memorial Day Poster Contest was held this morning in Honolulu Hale.

Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa and park staff presented the attending winners in each of the three grade-level categories with certificate and prizes, awarding their skillful and illustrative requests to "Sew a Lei for Memorial Day."

To view and download digital copies of all nine of the winning submissions, and high quality images of today's ceremony, please click here. The posters will additionally be on display until the end of the month at Kapolei Hale and Honolulu Hale.

The City and County of Honolulu has coordinated the annual Memorial Day Ceremony as well as the collection of flower lei for each gravesite at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Pūowaina) since the cemetery opened its gates in 1949. An American flag is also placed by each grave. This time honored tradition is our uniquely local display of gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

To help the Department of Parks and Recreation gather some 38,000 lei to accomplish this goal, the poster contest is organized so our talented keiki artists can be a part of spreading the word about this annual endeavor.

"This poster contest is a wonderful educational opportunity for our keiki," said Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa. "We encourage all schools and businesses to organize lei collection andto say ‘mahalo and aloha' to those who have served our state and our country with valor."

Special thanks to the numerous students and teachers who gave their time and skills to be part of this year's contest, the State Department of Education, and First Hawaiian Bank for their continued support.

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held Monday, May 28, in Pūowaina beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information about the ceremony, how you can help with our lei gathering and lei making opportunities, and the history of the ceremony in Honolulu, please visit the Department of Parks and Recreation special Memorial Day webpage by clicking here.

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