More than 50,000 people are expected to attend a Memorial Day tradition on Monday, as 7,000 lanterns will illuminate the waters off Ala Moana Beach’s Magic Island at the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.
The popular event comes as a large swell and king tides are expected to bring in unprecedented flooding to Hawaii waters. Organizers say there have been no changes, despite the daunting forecast, citing advice from ocean experts from the University of Hawaii.
We will speak to event organizers on Wake Up 2day Friday morning and follow up.
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 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., returning to the Hawaii Convention Center after the ceremony until 9:30 p.m.
Here is the schedule of events for the day:
- 10 a.m. Lantern Request Tent opens
- 6:10 p.m. Pre-ceremony performance by Shinnyo Taiko
- 6:30 p.m. Ceremony begins including Shinnyo Taiko, Music, Oli, Hula. Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head of Shinnyo-en, to address audience followed by the lighting of the Light of Harmony and floating of the lanterns
- 7:30 p.m. Ceremony concludes
Event organizers are also warning of a major traffic advisory for motorists in the area.
The parking lot at Magic Island will be closed to the public on Monday, May 29 from 4 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Ala Moana Boulevard (Waikīkī bound), from Pi‘ikoi Street to Atkinson Drive, will be designated a “no parking, tow away” zone on Monday, May 29 from 4:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
In the event of a gridlock within Ala Moana Beach Park, the Atkinson Drive and Kamake‘e 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.