An extremely popular ceremony, Lantern Floating Hawaii, allows a personal moment to remember, reflect and offer gratitude to those who have gone before us. It is a collective experience where families, friends and even strangers extend warmth, compassion and understanding to support one another. The intent of the ceremony is reflected in the theme, Many Rivers, One Ocean, which strives to encourage harmony and understanding in our diverse world through the collective experience of remembering loved ones who have passed.
The Lantern Floating Ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Monday May 25 at the Magic Island end of Ala Moana Beach Park. The lantern request tent will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until all lanterns are given out on the day of the ceremony.
This year Shinnyo-en Hawaii has nearly 6,000 lanterns available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Lantern Request tent will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until all lanterns are given out) on the day of the ceremony.
Lanterns may be received on a first-come, first served basis. Therefore, families or groups who wish to float a lantern are kindly asked to limit themselves to one lantern per family or group so that all who wish to float a lantern will be able to do so. There is no charge to receive a lantern; all voluntary donations received at the beach will be gifted to the City & County of Honolulu for the upkeep and beautification of Ala Moana Beach Park.
Free event parking is available at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center from 7 a.m. until midnight. A complimentary shuttle will transport passengers from the Hawaiʻi Convention Center to Ala Moana Beach Park beginning at 3:00 p.m. then back to the Hawai‘i Convention Center starting at 7:30 p.m.
People should bring food with them as there will be no concessions this year. You can also watch the ceremony live at www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com beginning at 6:15 p.m.