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North Hawaii Hospice to host third annual floating lantern ceremony at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

<p>North Hawaii Hospice will host its third annual floating lantern ceremony at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii in partnership with the resort from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. (FILE PHOTO)</p>

North Hawaii Hospice will host its third annual floating lantern ceremony at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii in partnership with the resort from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. (FILE PHOTO)

North Hawaii Hospice will host its third annual floating lantern ceremony at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii in partnership with the resort from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. The ceremony 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.” shared Katherine W. Ciano, executive director of North Hawaii Hospice. “We were overwhelmed at the over 1,000 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.

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 served North Hawaii’s families for more than 25 years.

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. For more information, calling North Hawaii Hospice at 885-7547 or visit their website at www.northhawaiihospice.org.