Volunteers are getting busy as preparations for the Lantern Floating Hawaii 2016 ceremony are underway at Shinnyo-en Hawaii.
On Saturday, April 16 community volunteers and temple practitioners will begin wrapping wooden-framed Collective Remembrance Lanterns with paper that will hold thousands of names of the deceased. They will also andwrite remembrances submitted online on behalf of those who are unable to attend the event in person.
These Collective Remembrance Lanterns will be set afloat by volunteers at the ceremony on Memorial Day, May 30.
Shinnyo-en Hawaii will be accepting written remembrances through May 21 and online through May 29.
Requests may also be made at the beach on the day of the event between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and the collective Remembrance Tent.
Those who wish to personally float an Individual Lantern may receive a single lantern at the Lantern Request Tent between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or until lanterns run out.
The event annually attracts about 50,000 people who set afloat lanterns at sunset in remembrance of loved ones who have passed creating a moment of harmony and hope amid diversity.