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posted by davek on May 30

I’d like to end the month with one final look at Lantern Floating Hawaii 2014. The time of day as well as the moving lanterns with flames in them made photo taking very difficult.  I experimented with different setting and angles and got a ton of blurry photos but every once in awhile something nice happened. I stepped a little back on this one to get the silhouettes as well as the lanterns, ocean and sunset sky. By the way in case anybody was wondering at the end all lanterns are retrieved and recycled for use the next year.

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posted by davek on May 29

Here are more photos from the 2014 Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.  The top shot was taken after community leaders lit the “Light of Harmony”. This symbolizes their commitment to creating harmony and diversity in life. The flame also is used to light six large Parent lanterns that carry prayers for all spirits on behalf of the world. Prayers are offered for victimes of war, water-relation accidents, natural and manmade disasters, famine and disease. Collective remembrance lanterns are also launched which contain messages received ahead of time from around the world. Over 7,000 individual lanterns are launched into the water by the general public. Lanterns are distributed free on the event day (while supplies last).

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posted by davek on May 28

My other Memorial Day remembrance was Lantern Floating Hawaii. This has been a tradition in Hawaii since memorial day 1999 and is led by her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Sinnyo-en in Japan. It is free and open to the public and the lanterns symbolize our wish to remember our ancestors. The ceremony welcomes all cultures, beliefs and perspectives to unite as “Many Rivers, One Ocean”.  Watching the thousands of lanterns floating in the ocean is just a moving experience and if you haven’t been to one of these I recommend you put it on the calendar for Memorial Day next year. We will talk more about it and provide some tips in the coming days.

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