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THOUSANDS FLOAT LANTERNS AT ALA MOANA BEACH PARK

Tens of thousands of residents and visitors gathered at Ala Moana Beach Park this evening to remember loved ones lost, and pray for a peaceful future as part of the 15th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Presented under the theme, “Many Rivers, One Ocean” — a nod to the nondenominational nature of the event, the evening featured Hawaiian chant, taiko drums, and Japanese harmony and purification ceremonies.

The highlight was the release of 5,000 lighted lanterns, each personalized with messages to friends and family of the participants.

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