Lei-Making and Lei Presentation, Washington, DC, June 9-10, 2018 (U. S. Botanic Garden and Emancipation Hall, National Capitol)
On Saturday, June 9, UHAA-NCRC members and guests were actively involved in making leis in honor of King Kamehameha the Great and Saint Damien deVeuster, the two statues representing the State of Hawai`i in our Nation’s Capitol. Also in attendance and participating in the event were members of the Hawai`i State Society of Washington, DC, the Punahou Alumni Assn., and other groups in the area associated with the Islands. Also attending were family members of Senator Daniel Akaka and Representative Mark Takai (Senator Akaka and Congressman Takai were both UH graduates and supportive of UHAA).
On Sunday, June 10, UHAA-NCRC, along with other organizations, as well as special visitors from Hawai`i adorned the statues of Kamehameha and Damien in Emancipation Hall (Capitol Visitor’s Center) and in the Capitol with the leis made prior to the event. This is an annual festive event at which UHAA-NCRC represents the University of Hawai`i.