Thousands of lanterns illuminate Magic Island at Lantern Floating Ceremony
HONOLULU - More than 50,000 people attended the Memorial Day Lantern Floating ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park. Organizers say more than 6,000 lanterns floated in the waters off Magic Island Monday night.
The ceremony began with an "oli" or chant as thousands remembered their lost loved ones. Gov. David Ige, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and several dignitaries then took the stage to light the "light of harmony."
It was an evening of dance, music, but most importantly aloha.
Flower petals were scattered as a symbol of respect for those who have passed before families placed their lanterns in the water. Some attendees traveled thousands of miles from the US Mainland and Asia to be part of the ceremony.