Held annually on Memorial Day on Oʻahu’s south shore, Lantern Floating Hawaii brings together over 40,000 people on the beach, joined by thousands around the world via live streaming and telecast for an evening of honoring loved ones and generating collective hope toward the future.

Lantern Floating Hawaii is a ceremony where all can come together for a personal and collective moment of remembrance, reflection, and offering gratitude to those who have gone before us. It is a chance to be surrounded by the love, understanding, and support of others - even strangers. We are strengthened as a community as we reach out to support others and build understanding of our common values and experiences.

Official Website:

http://www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com/

History

Memorial Day in America is a day when people remember and honor those who have fallen in service to their country. In Hawai‘i, with its diverse population, traditions become easily adopted and assimilated into its rich cultural fabric. It is the norm for people in Hawai‘i, on Memorial Day, to place flowers and offerings on gravesites of loved ones who served their country as well as those of others who have passed away.

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, 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 down the coast to Ala Moana Beach where it has been observed every year since.

Hawai'i Lantern Floating Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park
Lantern Ceremony / Ala Moana Beach Park

How to Participate

Whether you reside in Hawaiʻi or on the other side of the world...

Whether you will be joining us at the beach or will be viewing from home...

Whether you would like to personally float a lantern or would prefer to have your remembrances included on a lantern that can be floated for you...

There is a way for you to participate. Here is how...

Personally float a lantern

Collective remembrance lantern

Submit online