HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 3,000 candle-lit lanterns will illuminate the ocean off Magic Island this Memorial Day. The event draws tens of thousands to Ala Moana Beach Park each year.
In it's 13th year, this year's 90 minute ceremony and program will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a Buddhist service led by the Head of Shinnyo-en, Her Holiness Keishu Shinso Ito. Joining prayers from all around the world, the event will also include performances by international and Hawaiian musicians, featuring acclaimed recording artists HAPA, and a ceremonial lighting of the Light of Harmony, leading up to the release of lanterns onto the Pacific Ocean. At the conclusion of the ceremony, as in past years, all lanterns are collected from the ocean and recycled for use in the upcoming years.
Free event parking is available at the Hawai'i Convention Center. A complimentary shuttle will transport attendees between the Hawai'i Convention Center and Magic Island beginning at 4 p.m.
Lanterns will be available at the beach from 1 p.m. on May 30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals can also submit messages or memories of loved ones who have passed by clicking HERE. Lanterns are free, but donations received will be gifted to the City & County of Honolulu.
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The Lantern Floating Ceremony will be LIVE on KGMB at 6:30pm.
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