Since Memorial Day, 1999, Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi has been annually observed first at Keʻehi Lagoon and then at Ala Moana Beach. Every year, Her Holiness Shinso has conducted rites wishing for the happiness of all beings, past, present, and future. Elements of ceremony include reciting a prayer and offering food and water to all in the past, blessing the lanterns, and the ringing of the bell before the lanterns are released.

From 2020, it has been observed in an alternate format in line with the intention and spirit of connecting people through shared experiences. This year, we are observing this ceremony in the following ways:

May 21 – June 5, 2021

Many Rivers, One Ocean – Interactive Experience

With social distancing and safe participation as a priority, an immersive experience through an art installation will be offered on the grounds of Shinnyo-en Hawaii.

Participants will have an opportunity to hand write messages that will become part of the art experience.

Submit online

Messages and Images

We invite you to Submit Messages and Images that may be included in a special ceremony conducted by head of Shinnyo Buddhism Her Holiness Shinso Ito  and may become part of the Many Rivers, One Ocean – Interactive Experience or shared in various ways. Please click on Take Part at the top of the page for details.

Submit a remembrance

Streaming live and on-demand

Special Television Broadcast

“Share Your Light” – A Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi Special will air on May 31, 2021 on Hawaii News Now’s KGMB from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. HST. The program will stream live on this page and on-demand once it is aired.

June 5, 2021

Guided Meditation at Shinnyo-en Hawaii

Join us for a few moments of reflection and discovery to reconnect with your true self. A qualified meditation guide will serve as your facilitator to take you on a journey based on the theme, “Many Rivers, One Ocean – Share Your Light.”

Please return to this page from May 1st to make a reservation.

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