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North Hawaii Hospice hosts floating lantern ceremony (Aug. 26)


The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is honored to play host to the second annual floating lantern ceremony 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 to benefit North Hawaii Hospice.

The ceremony, to be held at the resort’s Coconut Grove, will include live music, hula, Taiko drummers and Hawaiian chanting and will be followed by a sunset lantern release into Pauoa Bay.

“This is truly a remarkable event.” said Katherine W. Ciano, MHA, RN and Executive Director of North Hawaii Hospice. “We were overwhelmed at the over 500 participants who were able to enjoy last year’s event and are looking forward to partnering once again with The Fairmont Orchid to honor and remember those who have passed.”

Lantern floating is an Asian spiritual tradition that symbolizes the wish for all beings to live in peaceful coexistence. As the lanterns are released onto the ocean, they take with them our healing prayers to honor and remember those who have passed.

Lanterns are collected at the end of the release, the lantern bases are saved, and the lantern papers are collected, dried, and burned in a respectful manner.

Admission is free, and floating lanterns for inscribing messages and decorating will be provided for a suggested donation of $10.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and complimentary self parking will be available, carpooling is encouraged.

North Hawaii Hospice is a community based non-profit hospice organization that helps seriously ill patients and their loved ones maintain quality of life even at the end of life.

North Hawaii Hospice provides compassionate, supportive care that focuses on comfort, dignity, and peace, and has been privileged to serve North Hawaii’s families for more than 25 years.

For further information, call North Hawaii Hospice at 885-7547 or visit

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