Community learns about lantern floating ceremony

4-21 LANTERN WORKSHOP

Preparations are underway for the 15th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

On Sunday residents got the chance to learn more about the history and meaning of the event.

Every year the ceremony takes place on Memorial day at Ala Moana Beach Park.

It brings together more than 40,000 residents and visitors who set afloat lanterns at sunset in remembrance of loved ones who have passed.

It also creates harmony and hope toward the future.

Every weekend, volunteers have been working on the lanterns and other preparations.

“It is a way of giving back to the community and trying to reminicse on their loved ones,” said Rev. Craig Yamamoto, Shinnyo-en Hawaii.

If you missed out on the learning event Sunday, there will be another one on May 11 at 1 p.m.

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