The world is facing an enormously difficult and challenging situation with the outbreak of COVID-19, and our thoughts go out to the thousands of people worldwide who have been affected, including those in our Hawaii community.
We have been monitoring the situation very closely and understand the difficult decisions that many organizations and individuals have had to make over the past weeks to alter their plans due to the rapidly changing nature of the outbreak.
Unfortunately, we have come to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of the community to cancel Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawai‘i this year.
Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi has become an important and beloved tradition to our community, and this decision was not made lightly. However, the health and safety of the thousands of attendees, participants, volunteers and staff are of utmost importance. Therefore, we felt that, under the circumstances, it would be prudent to cancel the ceremony.
An observance that will honor the spirit of Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi is being planned. This alternative ceremony will still provide an opportunity to remember and honor fallen service members and loved ones and express determination toward making a positive difference in the present and future through our actions. We encourage everyone to continue to submit remembrances, prayers and commitment to positive action online at lanternfloatinghawaii.com. These messages will be included in this year’s ceremony.
Our participants at Lantern Floating have always talked about lasting impressions from feeling the intangible—emotions such as appreciation, togetherness, compassion, and love. Our message was always inclusive of making our lives more meaningful. Despite the cancellation this year, Shinnyo-en is fully committed to Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawai‘i. Together, each of our efforts will carry us through, and we look forward to holding the ceremony again in 2021.
Mahalo for your understanding and your continued support of Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi. We will be announcing our plans soon.
Shinnyo-en and Nā Lei Aloha Foundation