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Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Lei Contest!
Annual contest part of the 92nd Annual Lei Day Celebration at Kapi‘olani Park

HONOLULU - The Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the results of the annual Lei Contest presented during the 92nd Lei Day Celebration held at Kapi‘olani Park yesterday.

This year there were 165 entries for the contest in three major categories and several smaller divisions. Mahalo to all of the talented lei-makers who entered the contest, some of whom sent in or delivered their lei from around the world.

Congratulations to Melvin Tracy Labra for winning the Mayor’s Grand Prize for the second year in a row!

The other winning lei-makers, and their corresponding categories, are as follows:


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Neck (blue/purple)

Melvin Tracy Labra

Melvin Tracy Labra

Timothy Contreras

Neck (red/pink)

Gieniah Southichack

Allison Grace Higgins

Neck (yellow/orange)

Melvin Tracy Labra

Gieniah Southichack

Asako Suwa

Neck (brown/green)

Reginald J. Dela Cruz

Allison Grace Higgins

Mary Puna Nani O Ka Mahi Jones

Neck (white/gray)

John Tran Hung To

Gienah Southichak

Reginald J. Dela Cruz

Neck (mixed)

Melvin Tracy Labra

Allison Grace Higgins

Brian J.J. Choy


Melvin Tracy Labra

Reginald J. Dela Cruz

Andrew K. Aragon


Melvin Tracy Labra

Brian J.J Choy

Allison Grace Higgins


Yumi Kawabe Vargas

Ayesha Yasmin Liquorish

Annaliesa Elizabeth Peterson

Lei Lipine

Yoshihisa Matsumoto

Emi Kobayashi

Junko Kobayashi-Uyetake

Youth (5 & under)

Enzo David DiLorenzo Kimitch

Mason Charles Ford

Elle Kauikeolani Ing-Lee

Youth (6-8 years)

Brayden K.R. Kaleikini-Thompson

Bree Kiliohu Ing-Lee

Alex Misae Blake

Youth (9-12 years)

Sanoe K.Kelley

Lillian R.P. Kaleikini-Thompson

Nikki Nilesh Kotak

Youth (13-17 years)

Keala Chi-Ho Mak

Brayden Ing

Kassi Shanelle Hi‘ilani Hepfner

The fresh flower lei from the Lei Contest will be taken to Mauna ‘Ala (The Royal Mausoleum) at 9 a.m. and Kawaiāha‘o Church, at approximately 10:15 a.m., this morning, May 2. During that time the 2019 Lei Court and members of the public will place the lei on the graves of Hawai‘i’s ali‘i.

All of the events associated with the Lei Day Celebration are made possible thanks to donations from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hula Grill Waikīkī, Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance, Friends of Honolulu Parks and Recreation, as well as partnerships with KFVE, Summit Media, Hawaiian Music Live, and Salon 808.

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