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Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Mayor's Memorial Day Poster Contest!

O‘AHU -- Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Mayor's Memorial Day Poster Contest!

This year the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation received 217 entries, with 25 keiki receiving accolades in their respective grade levels, including:

Kindergarten -- 4th grade

5th -- 8th grade

9th -- 12th grade

1st -- Kehaulani Anderson

2nd -- Jayde Anderson

3rd -- Aurora Ng-Fahey

1st -- Kendra Cabico

2nd -- Nicole Alcayde

3rd -- Peyton How

1st -- Maria Gilyn DeLeon

2nd -- Aileen Kang

3rd -- Kaelie Karikomi

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Vivien Braddock

Storm Kaaihue-Au

Kymani Mercado-Payne

Shyloh Muraoka

Jade Souza

Jayli Adriano

Ava Balog

Janelle Daza

Cameryn Hallgren

Makana Kaina

Geraldine Orosco

Chloe Yu

Valerie-Rose Gabaon

Jenahvi Julian

Emma Nemetz

Hanna Nishida

This excellent artwork will be featured on Memorial Day publications, posted within Kapolei Hale, and is currently posted on DPR's dedicated Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony website

The top three winners from each of the age categories will receive a prize package with art supplies during an award ceremony with Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the Honolulu City Council on Friday, April 5, 2024 beginning 9 a.m. at Kapolei Hale.

Mahalo to all of the keiki artists, their ‘ohana, art teachers, and participating schools for taking part in this annual tradition. Special thanks to ‘Ewa Makai Middle, Reverend Benjamin Parker Elementary, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Hawai‘i Mission Academy, and Pearl City High schools for their significant support and contributions to this contest.

More details concerning the 73rd Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony, and how the public can view this time-honored event, will be announced later. In anticipation of the ceremony, DPR is beginning our statewide initiative to sew and gather 38,000 lei to adorn each grave at Pūowaina for the ceremony in a uniquely Hawaiian display of gratitude. The majority of the lei-sewing events on O‘ahu will begin the morning of Friday, May 24. The location and specific times for those opportunities are also posted on DPR's dedicated Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony website

Following WWII, Pūowaina was designated the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific with the first Memorial Day Ceremony held within the crater in 1949. That humble ceremony inspired the City to make the solemn commitment of placing a fresh lei on every grave within Pūowaina for a Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony. Unfortunately, since that time the number of graves has increased to the nearly 38,000 service members whose final resting place resides within the memorial cemetery; making the creation and placement of the lei a kākou, community effort.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please contact the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email at least three business days before the scheduled event. Without sufficient advanced notice, it may not be possible to fulfill requests.


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