I took the following pictures today of the 14th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii Festival held at Ala Moana Beach Park later on this evening.
Unfortunately I had to catch a plane and wasn’t able to stick around for the festival but I was able to capture the following images.
One of the local news stations reported that more than 40,000 people showed up and I can believe as the line up to build a lantern was nearly a half mile long at one point in the day!
I’m not a person that is big on crowds so I was certainly glad they allowed me to come into the tents to watch the lantern building w/out having to wait in the long lines!
I had to leave to catch a plane… but as I was leaving I noticed these paddlers that were practicing bringing lanterns out to sea.
I was in the airport and on the plane when the actual festival took place so unfortunately… or fortunately, I feel lucky enough to be allowed to take the pictures I did get.
Here is part of the brochure that was being handed out by volunteers:
Filed under: aloha, Hawaii, Health, Missing, Oahu, Tourism, Unexplained Phenomenon Tagged: | 2012 Memorial Day, Ala Moana Beach Park, Hawaii Lantern Festival, The 14th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii Festival