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

O‘AHU – Congratulations to the winners of the Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest!

This year the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation received 100 entries from across the state, with 24 keiki receiving accolades in their respective grade levels, including:

Kindergarten – 4th grade

5th – 8th grade

9th – 12th grade

1st – Meini Sadri

nd – Savannah Antonio

rd – Paige Hijirida

1st – Kayley Yu

nd – Paige Peterson

rd – Sena Vought

1st – Florence Kunishige

nd – Grace Hart

rd – Ashley Yu

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Kamryn Foronda

Lucas Fujita

Miabella Guarriello

Meilani Ho‘opai

Colesen Kim

Jazzlene Nicolas

Lenni Damas

Landon Kaneshiro

Penelope Oishi

Rylie Piimauna

Adelyn Shelverton

Chloe Yu

Lindsey Nicole Julian

Aileen Kang

Kobe Liang

Each of the winners received a prize package with art supplies, with their excellent artwork featured on Memorial Day publications, within Honolulu and Kapolei hales, and posted on DPR’s dedicated Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony website

The winners will also be recognized during respective ceremonies by Mayor Blangiardi and the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday, April 19, 2023!

More details concerning the 71
st year of this event, and how the public can view the ceremony, 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 26. 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 amount 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

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