Thousands honor loved ones at annual Oahu latern floating ceremonyUPDATED 11:25 PM HST May 26, 2014Video Transcript
waters off Magic Island were aglow, with the lights of the Annual Lantern Floating Ceremony. KITV4's Brenton Awa was at the shore tonight, and has our top story. 348 "I'LL REMEMBER YOU, LONG AFTER THIS ENDLESS SUMMER IS GONE ..." Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one... But for some -- this solemn scene off the shore of Ala Moana Beach was an opportunity to remember those who've passed. SHOT at 850 Kaipo and Kealoha Morales brought their son -- Ku -- to help send a prayer to his grandparents... 1635 - Kealoha "IT'LL BE IMPORTANT FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT HE REMEMBERS THEM THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE AND THROUGHOUT HIS JOURNEY AS HE BECOMES A BOY AND THEN A MAN AND HOPEFULLY GIVES BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY IN HAWAII." For others -- this was a chance to send a message. JASON TAPE 837 - 900 - Georgie "WHEN MY SON IN LAW DIED, IT HURT ME SO MUCH BECAUSE I NEVER SAID THANK YOU TO HIM. I NEVER SAID THANK YOU FOR BEING A GOOD HUSBAND. THANK YOU FOR BEING A GOOD FATHER. THANK YOU FOR BEING A GOOD GRANDSON. I NEVER SAID THAT TO HIM SO WHEN I GOT THE LANTERN ON THE FIRST YEAR, I WROTE EVERYTHING THAT I HAD TO SAY, THANK YOU AND YOU KNOW, HE'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN." Kayla Leong lost both her cousin and her friend in separate car accidents... For her -- these lanterns signify closure -- a final farewell. 1157 - 1209 "HOPEFULLY AFTER TODAY WHEN WE'RE JUST SITTING DOWN AND TALKING ABOUT IT, IT'S THERE, IT'S DONE. WE CAN SAY GOODBYE AND KNOW THAT THEY'RE SAFE AND THEY KNOW THAT WE LOVE THEM AND THEY LOVE US." These 6-thousand lanterns cast a bright light on the water... and an even more profound illumination inside the hearts of those who let them go. 400ish "...LIVING ONLY TO REMEMBER YOU." Tonights event drew an estimated 50-thousand people to Ala Moana Beach Park. As for what happens to all of those floating lanterns... They all get picked out of the water by the end of the night and later restored to be used in the future.