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40,000 expected to attend 13th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 13th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30 at Ala Moana Beach at 6 p.m.

The Memorial Day event will feature a traditional Japanese lantern floating to honor those lost to war, heath and natural disasters.

Volunteers will construct about 3,000 glowing lanterns that will be released into the Pacific Ocean.

Event organizers are expecting about 40,000 guests and participants including Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle.

The event will be hosted by Shinnyo-en, a global Buddhist denomination and the Honolulu-based Na Lei Aloha Foundation.

"We hope that Lantern Floating Hawaii allows people to experience a feeling of warmth, joy, loving kindness, and compassion, whether they participate from shore or view it around the world through the media," said Roy Ho, Executive Director of the Na Lei Aloha Foundation.

The ceremony will be streaming live on the Hawaii News Now website from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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