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Panel seeks plumerias to drape lei on King Kamehameha statue

The King Kamehameha Celebration Commission is asking the public to donate plumerias for Wednesday’s lei-draping ceremony after its chief supplier was hit hard by recent rainfall.

Organizers say they are in dire need of flowers after an order of more than 20,000 could not be filled. The flowers either didn’t bloom or were knocked off the branches.

Kainoa Daines, a celebration commissioner, said the organization usually orders more than 20,000 plumerias every year to create 30 to 40 lei, each about 30 feet long, to drape over the Kame-ha-meha Statute downtown. Wednesday is Kame-ha-meha Day.

In some years past, the order came up short, Daines said. This year they received no flowers at all.

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