Monday, May 25, 2009

LANTERN FLOATING FESTIVAL

The canoes wait for sunset and Shomyo. The sails on the horizon are those of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea.

MEMORIAL DAY

Each year thousands of lit lanterns are laid on the ocean in memory of those who are no longer with us.
They will be carried out to sea...

7 comments:

Sarah Laurence said...

This reminds me of Japan. Is this a Hawaiian native festival?

Sabrina said...

I've lived in Hawaii most of my life and I've still never been to a lantern floating festival. One of these days, I'll go. The images themselves are so moving.

ORION said...

No Sarah it's Buddhist.

Holly Kennedy said...

What a beautiful ceremony.
Wish I could've been there to see them all float away

Lisa said...

I love this ceremony! It really is beautiful and moving.

Nags said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my site :) I was quite surprised that I mentioned a book and the author herself comes over to thank me :) Doesn't happen every day.

Aloha!

Les in NE said...

And while I didn't read this on the day you posted it, it's perfect for me today. Thanks, Pat.

BTW, sold another copy of your book to a regular at the store today. I was shocked she hadn't read it yet. You'll have another fan in a day or two. :)