HORU September 17, 2017


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Photo by Casey Ambrosio |

“Hawaiians have a lot of traditions. We have leis for everything. At my high school when you graduate, everybody comes down to see you either at the ceremony or an event afterwards called the lei portion. It’s where people bring you leis made of flowers, money, or candy, and they’re a way of showing aloha and congratulations. After we graduated, we spent an hour on our field and everybody would stand in a circle. We’d hug each of our classmates goodbye, and it would be the last time we would ever see half of them. At the time you think do I really have to hug all 400 students? But you get to one person and once they see you, you start tearing up. I think it’s one of my favorite things about Hawaii because everybody acts like they’re family.”


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