(BIVN) – North Hawai‘i Hospice’s annual lantern floating ceremony – held in partnership with Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i – took place at sunset on Sunday evening.
The “meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones who have passed” featured the sharing of music, hula, Taiko drummers, chanting and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay along the Kohala Coast.
Admission to the event was free, and the floating lanterns for inscribing and decorating were provided for suggested donation of $10.
According to the mission of North Hawai‘i Hospice, the organization believes “in supporting people’s wishes to approach the end of life with a greater sense of empowerment, comfort, and peace,” by providing compassionate, professional care at home for:
- terminally ill patients and their families in their homes.
- people seeking support with grief and bereavement.
- people seeking education about end-of-life issues.
- visitors experiencing a sudden death or trauma while on the Island of Hawaii.
Learn more at the North Hawai‘i Hospice website.