In place of its usual ceremony at Ala Moana Beach on Memorial Day, Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi is being offered as an in-person interactive experience on the grounds of the Shinnyo-en Hawaii temple by reservation from Friday, May 27 through Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Every Memorial Day since 1999 through 2020 when our world took a pause due to the pandemic, thousands gathered on the shores of Oʻahu to dedicate lanterns in an experience that offered a tangible way to feel connected to loved ones past and present. As part of the Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi experience this year, we are offering an opportunity to write messages of remembrance, prayers, and commitments to positive action on the very lanterns usually floated at the beach in an interactive experience on the grounds of the Shinnyo-en Hawaii temple.
With so many having suffered losses during the pandemic, we’d like to offer space, physical and emotional, for people to experience a sense of comfort and healing. Our aim is to create a solemn yet hopeful space for participants to be moved from whatever personal or collective turmoil or trauma they may be experiencing to a moment of internal reconciliation and peace.