Leis Banned!! No Aloha In South Dakota!!
University of South Dakota law students change party theme after 'Hawaiian Day' deemed 'culturally insensitive' -- Headline: Sioux Falls Argus Leader February 28, 2019
News Release from Rep Bob McDermott, March 2, 2019
Someone in South Dakota has their head stuck in a snowbank. The lei is a symbol of our Aloha spirit in Hawaii, inclusive and welcoming. One individual's objection to its use at a festive event is both patronizing and an insult to our island tradition. It is also a demonstration of ignorance about the cultural significance of the lei.
A lei is given out of love and respect on any joyous occasion, honoring a new graduate, celebrating a birthday or simply welcoming a new visitor to our islands. It is part of who we are in Hawaii and we are happy to share it.
Once this person gets thawed out perhaps they'll come and visit us. We'll put on a luau and I'll be there to greet them, with a lei of course.
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