HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Indian Ambassador and Indian Navy draped lei on the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Waikiki by the Honolulu Zoo.

The lei draping was on Saturday, July 9.

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Indian Ambassador to the US, the Honorable Taranjit Singh and the Indian Navy are in Hawaii for the RIMPAC exercises that are happening in Hawaii through Aug. 4.

Singh is here to take part in activities for the Indian Navy ship the INS Satpura.

They put the lei to pay their respects to a prominent Indian leader.

“Mahatma Gandhi has been an inspiration to all the world leaders,” said Dr. Raj Kumar, Founder of Gandhi International Institute for Peace. Mahatma Gandhi is known as Father of Nation of India who led the non-violent movement and helped India to get freedom form the British Raj in August 1947. He was also a peacemaker who taught the world to practice non-violence.”

Gandhi International Institute hosts an annual Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday celebration each year.

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This year will be the 17th annual event. It will be held virtually on Zoom from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.