Clients who visit Oahu in May can attend the annual Lei Day celebration and the Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony. // © 2017 iStock
Feature image (above): The Lantern Floating Ceremony will have the theme "Many Rivers, One Ocean – Interconnectedness. // © 2017 Lantern Floating Hawaii
Lantern Floating Ceremony
With the theme "Many Rivers, One Ocean - Interconnectedness," the
19th-annual Lantern Floating Hawaii (LanternFloatingHawaii.com) honors
deceased loved ones and generates hope for the future. At sunset on May 29,
some 7,000 candlelit lanterns will illuminate the shore at Ala Moana Beach
Lei Day Festivities
Since 1927, Lei Day has blossomed into one of Hawaii's most popular floral
fetes. On Oahu, the May 1 celebration will add splash to Kapiolani Park
with music, hula, exhibits, workshops and a lei-making contest.
Slated for May 17 at Hawaii Theatre, MAMo Wearable Art Show will showcase
native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners presenting everything
from tattoos to contemporary designs. The PA`I Foundation's
(PaiFoundation.org) monthlong event also rolls out with juried exhibits,
trunk shows and night markets in Waikiki and Kakaako.
Eat The Street in Kakaako
On the last Friday of each month, Eat the Street (EatTheStreet.com) transforms Kakaako Gateway Park into a food frenzy with 40-plus vendors serving up local-style nosh in a high-energy food truck rally setting. Retailers, crafters and entertainers are icing on the culinary cake.
"The light of lanterns that we see before us connects us with our loved
ones who came before us. The act of floating lanterns that we see before us
symbolizes our intentions to put our thoughts into actions. The light of
the lantern symbolizes wisdom; water is a symbol of compassion." - Her
Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en