The point of religion is to realize things for yourself, not to be taught. When you don't know how, the sangha will show you the way. Use each experience you encounter to awaken, and enlighten yourself. This is the key.”

Master Shinjo



Lantern Floating Hawai'i

Every year on Memorial Day, more than 40,000 residents of Hawaii and visitors gather at Ala Moana Beach Park to honor loved ones and generate hope toward the future. This year’s ceremony, on May 25, 2015, will commence at 6 p.m. and will be officiated by Head of the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Order, Her Holiness Shinso Ito.

The event will include music and a ceremonial lighting of the Light of Harmony, leading up to the floating of lanterns onto the Pacific Ocean. Those wanting to personally float a lantern may receive one at the Lantern Request Tent on the event day on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first Lantern Floating Hawai'i was held at Ke'ehi Lagoon on Memorial Day, 1999 and has grown each year in response to community demand. Shinnyo-en and the Na Lei Aloha Foundation have nurtured the community event as a vehicle for cross-cultural cooperation, understanding, harmony, and peace. Preparations for the ceremony engage hundreds of Honolulu volunteers each year.


Lantern Floating  Hawai'i 2013

Official Event Website

Visit the Lantern Floating Hawai'i website for local information and for instructions for participating in a virtual lantern floating for your own remembrances.




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Past Events


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Lantern Floating Hawai'i YouTube

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