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Placing ashes, lei in ocean is guided by respect, not law

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 04, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> A minister has been leading mourners down to the edge of the ocean where he sprinkles ashes of the deceased. Mourners have also been throwing lei, still strung, into the sea. Is there not a law that a person's remains have to be deposited at a certain distance from shore? About the lei: I know it is encouraged that the blossoms be removed from the string before entering the water, but probably not a law?</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> There are no laws prohibiting the scattering of ashes within three nautical miles of shore, but people are asked to do so discreetly and away from people who may be swimming, surfing or fishing. (See Kokua Line, Jan. 29, 2009 -- <a href="http://bit.ly/1toN6Yh" target="_blank">bit.ly/1toN6Yh</a>.)</p>
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Question: A minister has been leading mourners down to the edge of the ocean where he sprinkles ashes of the deceased. Mourners have also been throwing lei, still strung, into the sea. Is there not a law that a person's remains have to be deposited at a certain distance from shore? About the lei: I know it is encouraged that the blossoms be removed from the string before entering the water, but probably not a law?

Answer: There are no laws prohibiting the scattering of ashes within three nautical miles of shore, but people are asked to do so discreetly and away from people who may be swimming, surfing or fishing. (See Kokua Line, Jan. 29, 2009 -- bit.ly/1toN6Yh.) Login for more...



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