Preparations underway for 2016 Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony

Preparations for the 2016 Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony are underway.

The annual event takes place on Memorial Day, May 30, along Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island.

Roughly 50,000 people are expected to gather along the shoreline as lanterns are set afloat at sunset in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away.

This Saturday, Shinnyo-en Hawaii temple practitioners and community volunteers will wrap wooden-framed Collective Remembrance Lanterns with paper that will hold thousands of names of the departed.

You can submit a written remembrance now through May 21 by visiting the temple in person at 2348 S. Beretania Street, or an online remembrance here through 11:59 p.m. on May 29. Requests may also be made on the day of the event, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Collective Remembrance Tent at the beach.

They’ll be placed on lanterns to be floated in the ceremony by volunteers.

Those wishing to personally float an individual lantern may receive a single lantern at the Lantern Request tent, also between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the day of the event, or until lanterns run out.

Organizers say volunteers are still needed to help clean up after the event. You can sign up online here.

For more information, visit LanternFloatingHawaii.com.

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