Spiritual Passages

One of 1,350 lanterns floated out to sea at Honolulu's Ala Moana Beach Park during the ninth annual Lantern Floating ceremony. Several thousand people attended the event held by Shinnyo-en, a Buddhist sect in Hawaii.

By sending a lit lantern out to sea, believers hope that it will guide their ancestors' spirits to salvation or happiness. Volunteers aboard seven canoes, decorated with ti leaves and flowers, sent out wooden lanterns that held the names and messages to honor the deceased and for those who died in war and natural disasters. Star-Bulletin