13th Annual Celebration of Life at Wailoa State Park

Hospice of Hilo will host its 13th Annual Celebration of Life at Wailoa State Park on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  “Celebration of Life is a beautiful and profound ceremony.  Walking together is uplifting, and watching the twinkling lights from the lanterns as they float down the river is a moving sight,” said Community Bereavement Counselor, Cathy Hough.

Attendees can purchase a commemorative lantern in memory of a cherished loved one. “We use lanterns as a symbol to help people remember loved ones are always in their hearts.  Watching the lanterns glide on the water also helps those in grief express emotion, and provides a shared experience with others, reminding participants that they are not alone on their healing journey,” said Bereavement Counselor, Anjali Kala. In addition, participants can dedicate a 2-mile walk around Wailoa State Park while raising funds to support compassionate care in East Hawai‘i.

“The cost of delivering the care our community needs often exceeds the reimbursements received from insurance companies,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda Ho.  “Donor support of our programs through events like Celebration of Life helps provide the wheelchair and the oxygen, reduces a family’s anxiety in the face of illness, brings comfort to patients in pain, and helps children in grief smile again.”

Those interested in registering for the walk, or purchasing a lantern, can do so online at www.hospiceofhilo.org, by calling Lisa Kwee at (808) 969-1733, or at the event.  Luminaries are $20 before event day, and $25 if purchased at the celebration. Live Entertainment will be provided by Darlene Ahuna, Doug Espejo and Boni Narito, and Keaukaha’s – The Kipapas. ‘Ono food will be available for purchase.  Prizes will be awarded to walking teams and individuals who raise the most funds. Registration opens at 3:30 pm on event day, with the walk beginning at 5 pm, and the luminaries will make their way down the river at 7 pm.

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