We spent our first day in Waikiki on the beach at our hotel, of course. I joked with Mike that the first half of the trip, on the Big Island, was going to be hiking and adventures, while the second half in Oahu would be mostly about relaxing.
Believe it or not, although I had the Lantern Floating Ceremony in Honolulu on my radar for visiting, it wasn’t until a few weeks before we left that I realized we would be there for it. It is held on Memorial Day, which was the day after we flew into Honolulu. So Mike and I went down to Ala Moana Beach Park that evening to watch the ceremony.
I didn’t want to float a lantern, so we walked around the side of the park to get a nice viewing spot of the lanterns. At first you could hardly see them, but then as the sun began to set, they started to glow in the dusk.
I am not big fan of public events generally. I don’t usually attend parades or fireworks displays or festivals. But I really enjoyed the Lantern Floating Ceremony. Not only was it visually beautiful to see the lanterns launch and float, but it also had a beautiful atmosphere of remembrance, healing, and peace. I am glad we got to be there for it.