Grove Farm Aids in Sewing Lei for Memorial Day

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We are honored to have helped the Kaua'i Veterans Council in their Memorial Day services at the Kaua'i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe yesterday.

Photo and Article by Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island. (

"Additional lei were created by Grove Farm Company employees, continuing a tradition they started several years ago where they harvest flowers from the various company properties and sew lei in their Puhi office.

“Everyone was working full force Thursday,” said Sharyl Lam Yuen of the Grove Farm Foundation. “We had five of the ‘Golden Girls’ from Regency at Puakea — Lillian Takanishi, Jessie Hirano, Hannah Furuta, Hatsuko Kawaguchi and Shimoe Mukai — joining our office crew in sewing. Hazel Shimabukuro, the mother of one of our people, also joined in the effort.”

Lam Yuen said a floral donation from Liz Aguino helped the group meet its goal of making at least 200 lei for the graves. “Liz said she was glad to help,” Lam Yuen said. “Her husband is a veteran and is here. Her son is also a veteran, but is deceased.”