Bag of Shells (2016.037.0874)
Bag of shells with some of the victims’ names handwritten on them.
Historical Notes: Over the course of four days, about 400 volunteers, including the governor of Hawaii, braided a lei out of Ti leaves to be delivered to Orlando. Each string has 49 strands, as well as 49 shells with the victims names. The volunteers put their mana’o, or thoughts, into each strand with the hopes that, in the words of Kumu Leuha Kekahuna to the Orlando Sentinel, “the people of Orlando touch the lei and get the power that the people of Hawaii put in it.” In order to transport the giant lei over 4,600 miles from Maui it had to be separated into three separate pieces. Instead of braiding the pieces back together, volunteers decided to leave one piece at each memorial. The Pulse and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts lei could not be preserved; however, History Center staff is currently working to attempt to preserve the lei from Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Pulse Nightclub, Pulse Nightclub Memorial, Victims
- Object ID: 2016.037.0874
- Collection Site: Pulse Nightclub
- Collection Date: 09/16/2016
- Size: 8.5W X 6W