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The Conversation: Legacy of Lei Sellers

Listen to stories from flower lei sellers from the 1980s, courtesy of the University of Hawaii's Center for Oral History. In studio with host Catherine Cruz is HPR's Bill Dorman and Greg Pai, former state economist and whose family once grew carnations for lei on Wilhelmina Rise. 

Callers also chimed in with their favorite floral lei memories.

Do you have your own stories and memories of lei flowers? Call our Talk Back line at (808) 792-8217 and leave a message. We may air it in a future episode.

Want to hear more about the legacy of Hawaii's lei stands? UH's Center for Oral History will be hosting some of the descendants of the lei sellers heard on this show.

Speakers: Leimomi Miyahana, Harriet's Lei Stand; Kimo Adams, lei maker and owner, Ka Ulu Laau; Lurline Wailana McGregor, writer and television producer

When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Windward Community College, Hale Ao

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more information, contact the Center for Oral History at cohes@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-6259.

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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