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City announces winners of the annual lei contest

  • COURTESY HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

    Award winning lei from the annual lei contest.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department announced today the winners of the annual lei contest presented during the 92nd Lei Day Celebration held at Kapiolani Park on Monday.

There were 165 entries for the contest this year in three major categories and several smaller divisions.

Melvin Tracy Labra won the Mayor’s Grand Prize for the second year in a row, with a lei crafted from aalii, ohia lehua, palapalai ferns, and more.

“Mahalo to all of the talented lei-makers who entered the contest, some of whom sent in or delivered their lei from around the world,” said the city in a news release.

The Lei Day Celebration, a free event, was held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Kapiolani Park, featuring 2019 Lei Queen Nicole Nakamatsu and her court reigning over festivities, which included local entertainment, hula performances, keiki activities, vendors and the lei contest exhibit.This year’s theme was “Lei Kahakai,” the seashore lei.

This morning, the fresh flower lei from the contest were taken to Mauna ‘Ala (The Royal Mausoleum) and Kawaiaha‘o Church to be placed on the graves of Hawaii’s alii, or royalty.

The following is the list of winners:

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Neck (blue/purple)

>> 1st Place: Melvin Tracy Labra

>> 2nd Place: Melvin Tracy Labra

>> 3rd Place: Timothy Contreras

Neck (red/pink)

>> 1st Place: Gieniah Southichack

>> 2nd Place: Allison Grace Higgins

Neck (yellow/orange)

>> 1st Place: Melvin Tracy Labra

>> 2nd Place: Gieniah Southichack

>> 3rd Place: Asako Suwa

Neck (brown/green)

>> 1st Place: Reginald J. Dela Cruz

>> 2nd Place: Allison Grace Higgins

>> 3rd Place: Mary Puna Nani O Ka Mahi Jones

Neck (white/gray)

>> 1st Place: John Tran Hung To

>> 2nd Place: Gienah Southichak

>> 3rd Place: Reginald J. Dela Cruz

Neck (mixed)

>> 1st Place: Melvin Tracy Labra

>> 2nd Place: Allison Grace Higgins

>> 3rd Place: Brian J.J. Choy

Hat

>> 1st Place: Melvin Tracy Labra

>> 2nd Place: Reginald J. Dela Cruz

>> 3rd Place: Andrew K. Aragon

Theme

>> 1st Place: Melvin Tracy Labra

>> 2nd Place: Brian J.J Choy

>> 3rd Place: Allison Grace Higgins

Beginner

>> 1st Place: Yumi Kawabe Vargas

>> 2nd Place: Ayesha Yasmin Liquorish

>> 3rd Place: Annaliesa Elizabeth Peterson

Lei Lipine

>> 1st Place: Yoshihisa Matsumoto

>> 2nd Place: Emi Kobayashi

>> 3rd Place: Junko Kobayashi-Uyetake

Youth (5 & under)

>> 1st Place: Enzo David DiLorenzo Kimitch

>> 2nd Place: Mason Charles Ford

>> 3rd Place: Elle Kauikeolani Ing-Lee

Youth (6-8 years)

>> 1st Place: Brayden K.R. Kaleikini-Thompson

>> 2nd Place: Bree Kiliohu Ing-Lee

>> 3rd Place: Alex Misae Blake

Youth (9-12 years)

>> 1st Place: Sanoe K.Kelley

>> 2nd Place: Lillian R.P. Kaleikini-Thompson

>> 3rd Place: Nikki Nilesh Kotak

Youth (13-17 years)

>> 1st Place: Keala Chi-Ho Mak

>> 2nd Place: Brayden Ing

>> 3rd Place: Kassi Shanelle Hi‘ilani Hepfner

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