Floating Lanterns

Lantern Floating Ceremony | Oahu Event

Remember loved ones lost at the Lantern Floating Ceremony – a beautiful Oahu Event.

Date of Event: May 27, 2019

The Floating Lantern Ceremony is a touching Oahu Event that honors lost loved ones.

About the Lantern Floating Ceremony:
Memorial Day is a day to remember loved ones who have passed away, and the Lantern Floating Ceremony is an Oahu Event that allows you to do that in a very special and meaningful way. The Event was started in 1999 as a way to create cultural harmony.

The ceremony is beautiful and touching. A total of 7,000 lanterns will be floated creating an almost dreamlike sight. On most of the lanterns, participants write the names of their loved ones or tape photographs of them. Anyone is welcome to participate, and there is no charge to do so.

Only lanterns handed out by the event are allowed, and a limited number are available. Organizers begin handing out the lanterns at 10 a.m., and they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Because there is a limited supply, only one per family or group is allowed.

You may decorate the lantern and write messages as you see fit. Following the Oahu Event, the lanterns will be retrieved and recycled for use in next year’s Floating Lantern Ceremony.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. and consists of the following:

  • The sounding of the Pu marks the start of the ceremony
  • The taiko is offered as a prayer of peace and to gather the crowd together
  • A Hawaiian chant, Oli, encourages attendees to prepare their hearts for the solemnity of the ceremony
  • Hula – “Ka Le Moana”
  • Six main lanterns floated in representation of all people
  • Light of Harmony
  • Blessing and Transformation
  • Offering of Food and Water
  • Strewing of Flower Petals
  • Ringing of the Bell
  • Floating of Lanterns by participants

Learn more about the Lantern Floating Ceremony on the Oahu Event’s website. If you’d like to attend to honor a loved one in this special way or just to enjoy the beauty of the event, book a Guest Room at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki. Our ideal location and budget-friendly accommodations make us the perfect choice. View our current list of Special Offers and call 808.941.7777 to make a reservation.