Lantern Floating Hawaii
If you’re on Oahu on the Memorial Day (May 25th), here’s a must-attend event.
Lantern Floating Hawaii origined from the Japanese tradition of Toro Nagashi, which means “lantern offerings on water”. In its decade in Hawaii, the ceremony has transcended its Buddhist roots, becoming one attended by people with background of all religions and cultures.
The purpose of Lantern Floating Hawaii is quite similar to the one of the Chinese Heavenly Lantern Festival, which is to honor the one that have passed away, and pray for a future of peace and harmony.
At sunset of this day, thousands of Honolulu residents and visitors witll gather at Ala Moana Beach Park and hundreds of thousand candlelit paper lanterns will drift into the gentle waters off the beach as dusk descends—each with names of loved ones, and messages wishing them comfort in their spiritual journey.
It’s a breathtaking ceremony.