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Idea for underwater cemeteries puts new twist on old practice

  • COURTESY FISH REEF PROJECT

    The blocks, known as reef balls, before being dropped into the sea, have never been used in Hawaii, but are recognized as good artificial reef-building material.

  • COURTESY FISH REEF PROJECT

    An artificial reef building block is covered with marine life.

Spreading ashes of a loved one in the ocean is fairly common in Hawaii. Often it involves a ring of mourners on surfboards, or a solemn ceremony via canoe, and flowers left to float on the surface. Read more

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