Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony 2011

Here’s an excellent event to attend this Memorial Day weekend, whether you’re staying in Waikiki or elsewhere on Oahu: Hawaii’s annual Lantern Floating Ceremony. Each year on Memorial Day, tens of thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors gather on Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to remember their loved ones.An Asian spiritual tradition, lantern floating gives people of all backgrounds the chance to reflect upon their unique life journeys and the loved ones they’ve lost in the past. Hawaii’s Lantern Floating Ceremony extends the wish for peace and happiness from Hawaii throughout the world. Here’s some quick facts about the event:
  • Lanterns are free, limited to about 2,000 and available starting from 1pm
  • The event is free to attend
  • Ceremony led by Her Holiness Keishu Shinso
  • Located at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Free Parking at Hawaii Convention Center
  • Shuttle and handicap accessible van starts at 4pm
Approximately 2,000 lanterns will be available at Magic Island at 1pm on Memorial Day. The actual ceremony takes places in the late afternoon. Shuttle buses and handicap accessible vans will begin transportation starting from 4pm. Free parking is available at the Hawaii Convention Center.The ceremony is open to all people of all backgrounds, regardless of religious beliefs, ethnicity or nationality, gender or sexual orientation. All floating lanterns are collected after the ceremony and are cleaned to be reused the following year. Voluntary donations will benefit the City & County of Honolulu for beautification and upkeep of Ala Moana Beach Park. Lanterns floating on water are said to symbolize the release of hopes and healing prayers. The ceremony, although simple in concept, is one of the most moving, heart touching events on the island. You can read personal messages left by attendees at the Lantern Floating Hawaii website.

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