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Remembering Loved Ones on Memorial Day … In Oahu’s Own Unique Way

Many Places in the United States will be having different celebrations and commemorative events in honor of Memorial Day, on Monday, May 26th, but if you are here on Oahu on that special day you can be a part of a truly unique and breath-taking ceremony. On that day, at Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island, thousands will gather for the Memorial Day Lighting of the Lanterns Festival. More than 5,000 lanterns will set sail at dusk, inscribed with names of loved ones who’ve died and with prayers and wishes for them.
Lighting candles has long been a way of remembering departed loved ones in many cultures and religions and this lantern festival is a time-honored Buddhist rite to pay respect to ancestors and to family who have recently passed away. However, on Oahu, the lighting of the lanterns and Memorial Day have combined to give people a symbolic and solemnly poignant way to honor those who have died, whether in war, in natural disaster, from accidents, or from illness. Those who participate (you do not have to be Buddhist) say it is a touching release of the pain of loss and an embracing of the love they feel for those they are remembering.
Each year the number of persons who gather, either to participate or to witness the ceremony, grows larger. Lanterns are free but the number of lanterns is limited, so come early as the lanterns are given out on a first come basis. The event is all day with the ceremony itself occurring at dusk. If you cannot be present, the event will be broadcast on local TV and streamed live over the internet, but nothing takes the place of being present and witnessing this heart-tugging, memorable experience! Words cannot do justice to the truly stunning beauty of hundreds of lanterns, their light reflecting in the rippling waters, as they float on the waves. It is unique to Hawaii, where cultures and customs often come together in such beautiful harmony, so come be a part of Oahu’s special way of remembering loved ones on Memorial Day.

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