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for writing messages to deceased family and friends. It was a first come , first serve basis and soon the 3,500 lanterns were all dispersed. The Shinnyo-en are a Japanese On Memorial Day, over 40,000 people Buddhist sect with over 1 million adherents flocked to the Magic Island beach near Ala world wide. The Memorial Day Lantern Moana in Honolulu to see approximately Festival helps the sect gain wider recognition 3,500 candle-lit lanterns sail into the ocean. and greater understanding, while providing Though clouds threatened as sunset apthe larger Oahu community with an outlet proached, the moment for launching the for grief. Many participants expressed feelings lanterns came with a glorious pink and of closure by participating in the launching lavender sky. of the glowing lanterns. Each lantern was covered in The ceremony helps participants heartfelt messages and represented the loss cope with loss, as though physically setting of a loved one. The event has been orgalanterns in the water enables them to spiritunized annually by the Japanese Buddhist sect ally let go According to the Shinnyo-en’s Shinnyo-en, since 1999, and is free to all who website, the Lantern Festival “allows people participate. a personal moment to remember, reflect and During Memorial Day, the public offer gratitude to those who came before were invited to stop by and receive a lantern us. It is also a collective experience where at Magic Island beach. The lanterns were families, friends and even strangers extend handcrafted from wood by the Shinnyo-en warmth, compassion and understanding to community and also consisted of silk walls support one-another.”

Lanterns represent lost loved ones

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Above: The lanterns symbolize letting go of pain. Photo by Bart Jolley

The event included performances by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame’s Brothers Cazimero, as well as tributes by local Hula Halaus and was presided over by the Shinnyo-en’s leader, Her Holiness Keishu Shinso Ito. The beautiful and emotional event touched locals and tourists alike. - Amy Ku nihiro and AP

June 7, 2012  

Political science Washington DC trip

June 7, 2012  

Political science Washington DC trip