North Hawaii Hospice to Host First Annual Floating Lantern Ceremony

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North Hawaii Hospice will host its first annual floating lantern ceremony to be held at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii on Sunday, August 28, from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  The ceremony, to be held at Coconut Grove at the AAA Four Diamond luxury resort, 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, MHA, RN and Executive Director of North Hawaii Hospice.  “We are looking forward to partnering with The Fairmont Orchid in what we hope will be an annual event 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.

Admission is free, and floating lanterns for inscribing messages and decorating will be provided for a suggested donation of $10.00.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and complimentary self parking will be available.  Additional information may be found by calling North Hawaii Hospice at 808-885-7547 or online at


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 been privileged to serve North Hawaii ’s families for over 25 years.


The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i on the Big Island is a AAA Four Diamond luxury destination resort on 32 oceanfront acres offering 538 guestrooms on the island’s northwestern coast.  Inspired by Culture, Well-Being and Genuine Aloha, The Fairmont Orchid’s facilities and services include the Hawaiian-inspired Spa Without Walls with 10 waterfall hale (hut) and 5 oceanside cabanas, authentically local daily beach and cultural activities, golf, tennis and water sports, year-round children’s program, six delectable restaurants and expansive indoor and outdoor meeting facilities all surrounded by service with Aloha.

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