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Tens of thousands gather at Ala Moana Beach Park for a fond farewell

  • By Sarah Domai/sdomai@staradvertiser.com

    Some 7,000 candlelit lanterns illuminated the waters of Ala Moana Beach Park on Monday, May 28, 2018, during the 20th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A woman who did not want to be identified and her companion participated in Monday’s ceremony.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Above, lanterns floated after the ceremony.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The main lanterns were escorted by priests Monday at the 20th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony at Ala Moana Regional Park. Over 30,000 people participated in the event, which aims to connect people with deceased loved ones regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or nationality.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Attendees camped out by the stage Monday.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A woman cried as she released her lantern.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A couple hugged as they watched the light float away.

Some 7,000 candlelit lanterns illuminated the waters of Ala Moana Beach Park on Monday during the 20th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony. Read more

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