Annual Lantern Floating ceremony to be held at Magic Island

Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 6,000 lanterns will illuminate the waters off Magic Island at the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Approximately 50,000 people are expected to attend.

The ceremony will be officiated by Shinnyo-en and presented by Na Lei Aloha Foundation.

At 10 a.m., the lantern request tent opens. Then, at 6 p.m., the ceremony begins with special performances by Makaha Sons and Shinnyo-en Shomyo and Taiko Ensembles. At 6:45 p.m., her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head of Shinnyo-en, will address the audience, followed by the lighting of the Light of Harmony and floating of the lanterns.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Hawaii Convention Center from 7 a.m.-midnight, with free shuttle service to Magic Island from 3:30 p.m., returning to the Hawaii Convention Center from 7:45 p.m.

In preparation for the ceremony, the following traffic advisories will be in effect surrounding and at Ala Moana Beach Park:

  • The parking lot at Magic Island will be closed to the public on Monday, May 26 from 4 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Ala Moana Boulevard (Waikiki bound), from Piikoi Street to Atkinson Drive, will be designated a “no parking, tow away” zone on Monday, May 26 from 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • In the event of a gridlock within Ala Moana Beach Park, the Atkinson Drive and Kamakee Street entrances will have limited access into the park and will be monitored by the Honolulu Police Department.
  • At the end of the ceremony (7:30 p.m.), the Honolulu Police Department will provide traffic assistance for the public crossing along Ala Moana Boulevard and at the Atkinson Drive intersection.

Click here to visit the official Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony website.

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