Lanterns to light, unite on Monday

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Thousands of ceremonial floating candlelit lanterns will remember the fallen, Monday evening, Memorial Day, at Ala Moana Beach. (Photo courtesy of Shinnyo-en Hawaii)

Thousands of ceremonial floating candlelit lanterns will remember the fallen, Monday evening, Memorial Day, at Ala Moana Beach. (Photo courtesy of Shinnyo-en Hawaii)

Lantern Floating Hawaii
News Release

HONOLULU — Now an annual Memorial Day tradition in Hawaii, Lantern Floating Hawaii is expected to attract approximately 50,000 residents and visitors from various cultures and backgrounds to Ala Moana Beach on Monday, May 25, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

This year, 6,000 candlelit lanterns will be set afloat to honor the fallen, in remembrance of loved ones who have passed, and as a symbolic, collective vow to work toward a harmonious and peaceful future.

The ceremony will also remember those who have passed due to various causes afflicting humanity throughout the world.

Themed “Many Rivers, One Ocean,” the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony gathers the community and visitors for a collective experience of warmth, compassion and understanding.

Those attending the ceremony may receive a lantern to personally float, or they may write their remembrances on special forms that will be placed on collective remembrance lanterns to be floated by volunteers.

The Lantern Request tent will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until all lanterns are given out) on the day of the ceremony. Lanterns may be received on a first-come, first served basis. Therefore, families or groups who wish to float a lantern are kindly asked to limit themselves to one lantern per family or group so that all who wish to float a lantern will be able to do so.

There is no charge to receive a lantern; all voluntary donations received at the beach will be gifted to the City & County of Honolulu for the upkeep and beautification of Ala Moana Beach Park.

Free event parking is available at the Hawaii Convention Center from 7 a.m. until midnight. A complimentary shuttle will transport passengers from the Hawaii Convention Center to Ala Moana Beach Park beginning at 3 p.m., and then back to the Hawaii Convention Center starting at 7:30 p.m.

Those unable to attend Lantern Floating Hawaii in person may watch the ceremony live on KGMB or online at www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com beginning at 6:15 p.m.

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