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Congratulating the Graduates…

It is that time again on Oahu for the pomp and ceremony of graduation! A time for honoring, celebrating, congratulating, and recording for posterity, the achievement of high school and college students island-wide! Proud relatives will be taking photos and videos to look back on, and proudly hosting parties to honor the graduates.

For any not familiar with graduations in Hawaii, you are in for a treat when attending one! You see, in addition to the spectacle of cap and gown, often in a beautiful outdoor setting with a glorious sunset as background, we have another tradition. After the ceremony of awarding diplomas, giving speeches, and honoring special achievements, comes the moment when graduates are congratulated by loving friends and family and gifted with a lei. Now we are not talking just a lei or two.. oh no! We are talking about an abundance of lei, showered over the heads of graduates until all you can see are their eyes and your arms can barely encircle them with a hug. It is a wonderful island tradition adding color and the wonderful scent of tropical flowers to the pageantry of the occasion! In addition to flower lei, many are given a money lei, or beautiful silk ribbon lei in the colors of their alma mater.

It is fun to be a part of these festive celebrations of a very special life event, and even more so when it takes place in Hawaii!

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