Words of compassion and remembrance illuminated the waters off Magic Island in Honolulu on Memorial Day for the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.
Upholding the theme of "Many rivers, one ocean", the more than 40,000 attendees gathered together along the shoreline and shared a moment of peace and harmony.
"A very touching, emotional, and moving tribute to the participants' loved ones," says Rowena Bongco-Pagtakhan visiting from California. "You feel the grieving of those around you, sighs heard, a sultry relief as emotions are poured, expressing their feelings of loss and hope."
The first Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony took place in 1999 at the Ke`ehi Lagoon, attracting more than hundreds of locals and visitors. Since then, the ceremony has grown to the thousands, bringing people together regardless of culture, race, religion, and many other divides.