17th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii

Thousands gathered at Ala Moana Beach Park this Memorial Day to pay tribute to their loved ones in the 17th annual Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony. I had the opportunity to shoot and edit a video for the Star-Advertiser.

The entire shoot took a couple of hours with the worst part being trying to find parking. After a brief introduction and a small opening ceremony presided over by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the head of Shinnyo-en, people all around the beach got to light a small lantern bearing messages of love to their departed loved ones and then send them off down the beach.

Having only watched the lantern floating on tv, I can now say that actually being there is a whole different experience. Yes, there’s a feeling of sadness in the air but there’s also a sense of closure, as if the people casting off their lanterns are finally able to say goodbye. It’s a truly unique experience, one that I definitely suggest checking out if you have the chance.

Pro tip: I started experimenting w/ 1080p60 and it is glorious! If you can, definitely watch this video in its highest resolution. You won’t be disappointed!

Published by stonthat

Video Reporter and videographer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Lover of comics, beginning photographer, master foodie.

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