Public invited to lei ceremony for Friday’s graduation

Na Hoku staff

Moanalua High School Principal Robin Martin’s decision to open the lei-giving ceremony at Friday’s graduation ceremony to the general public was met with relief. Up until the May 10 deadline, Martin was considering keeping the crowd to only the original eight guests each graduate was allowed to invite to the commencement ceremony in the Stan Sheriff Arena. This change allows an unlimited number of people to give lei to the members of the Class of 2022.

“I think it’s great they can extend it to everyone, especially those who are close to the seniors. Last year, we didn’t have that opportunity.” junior Kaya Lee-Goins said.

“Last year I felt guilty because I wasn’t able to go because of COVID, but now that the restrictions are lifted this year, I am excited that I can finally go,”  junior Kalyn Tom said.

“I have six people in my family, so I could only pick two friends to make the eight (ticket limit for the ceremony). Now that I can bring more people, so (this change) is good to have that freedom to have more people come,”  senior Sam Leuthner added.

Besides just giving lei, making lei in anticipation of the graduation was also a fun experience for students and families.

“My family and I are [were] excited to make leis for my sister’s graduation,” junior Ghiana Galman said.