Every year on Memorial Day, tens of thousands of people gather for Lantern Floating Hawaii on O‘ahu’s south shore to honor loved ones and generate hope toward the future.
The special gathering allows people a personal moment to remember, reflect and offer gratitude to those who have gone before us. It is also a collective experience where families, friends and even strangers reach out with love and understanding to support one-another.
Lantern Floating Hawaii helps to open hearts in an experience that transcends the human boundaries that usually divide us.
The first Lantern Floating Hawaii was held in 1999. With the wish of creating cultural harmony and understanding, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, officiated the inaugural Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony on Memorial Day in 1999.
For the first three years, the event was held at Ke‘ehi Lagoon on the south shore of O‘ahu. In 2002, the ceremony was moved a few miles to Ala Moana Beach where it currently takes place.
In the meantime, watch the entire broadcast of last year’s Lantern Floating Hawaii here: