49-foot ‘Lei of Aloha' honors Orlando mass shooting victims

ORLANDO, Fla. — Eyewitness News was at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday when Polynesians of Maui, Hawaii paid tribute to the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

They, along with other volunteers displayed a 49-foot “Lei of Aloha.”  The lei has flowers, tea leaves and 49 shells from the island with each victim’s name written on the shells.

The lei took four truckloads of flowers, 400 volunteers and four days for the residents to build for the city of Orlando.

The lei was briefly on display at Orlando Medical Regional Center. It was then taken to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for a blessing ceremony.