Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony (2010)

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This is the 12th annual lantern floating ceremony in Honolulu done over Memorial Day at Ala Moana Beach Park at dusk. It started as a small affair in 1999 by the local Japanese Shinnyo-en. It has blossomed in a strong tradition in only its twelfth year. The beach was lined with thousands of people from all over the world with lanterns ready to be set afloat with the names of, and words written to their loved ones who have passed.

Float on...

What is really special is that the Hawaiian culture has blended in with it, as hula halaus from around the island dance in the pre-floating ceremonies, with Hawaiian chants and songs. It is quite the beautiful event...

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The lanterns are of all makes. Some are made by a group for the masses, while others choose to make their own ornate lanterns. Groups associated with the ceremony paddle out on outrigger canoe (as seen above) the launch their own.

Once the ceremony is over, the lanterns are collected and recycled for next year.

On a side note: I've been super busy the past few months, and really miss posting here--as well as "e-interacting" with all of the wonderful friends I've made on Flickr, whom I've really come to appreciate. Will visit all of your streams later... Aloha!

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  1. Sylver... 44 months ago | reply

    gorgeous indeed!!.. love the mood here... i like the pov.. feels like i'm right there on the water too... and what gorgeous colours!! =)

  2. عالي السكوت~ ما اسمعك [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    Fantastic image!
    Please add this photo to

    "ســـــنا الـفضــــه - Sana Al Fida Awards"

  3. vingt_deux 43 months ago | reply

    gorgeous color... gorgeous everything. i love lantern festivals. such a nice way to honor the departed.

  4. taunggyilady 42 months ago | reply

    Romantic and beautiful. Well done!

  5. artland 40 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  6. Francesco2020 40 months ago | reply

    Beautiful photo... I appreciate all the trouble you went to make this picture.
    I love the contrast of the lanterns to the colour of the ocean water.

  7. asihsimanis 40 months ago | reply

    I love this shot.. I really really do.. would love to see it life some day.

  8. Rex Maximilian 40 months ago | reply

    Thank you again everyone for the wonderful comments.
    Asih, just plan a trip to Hawaii during Memorial Day and it will be scheduled! Good luck!

  9. A. Spence 39 months ago | reply

    Love this! So beautiful.

  10. Renée Vergouwe 38 months ago | reply

    beautiful image. love the perspective. great shot.

  11. 36 months ago | reply

    Beautiful scenery!

  12. Gabriele Parafioriti Photography 36 months ago | reply



  13. Steve Bark 36 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot.

  14. ~MissLilly~ 35 months ago | reply

    wow this is outstanding, such an incredible and strong moment! I'd love to see that myself. Thank you for sharing

  15. dlholt 31 months ago | reply

    Love the layers of interest.

  16. [ iany trisuzzi ] 27 months ago | reply

    incredible view you had! such beautiful colors and light :)

  17. Sebastien Morin 26 months ago | reply

    Very nice picture!

    *Seen on abduzeedo ;)

  18. Ginas Pics 15 months ago | reply

    aloah !!!

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