We went to the Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating Festival memorial ceremony last night..
The lights were beautiful..
Each lantern carries with it prayers, remembrances and wishes to beloved family and friends..
Some people brought their own to release, and some people wrote their prayers on the lanterns provided by the members of Shinnyo-en, who make the lanterns, care for them, and rescue for re-use, year after year..
The canoes released the lanterns of people who were unable to attend..
By the end, Ala Moana Beach was filled with stars..