Starting from March 10, Shinnyo-En Hawaii hosted 12 lantern processing groundwork sessions prior to the 21st lantern floating ceremony on May 27.
About 500 volunteers participated in the courses, where they dedicated themselves into crafting the lanterns. Out of 12 construction sessions, four were open to the public, and eight were for practitioners.
Regularly, each meeting hosted 40 to 100 volunteers, where each course was focused on a specific part of lantern crafting. The very last session on May 22 was dedicated to prayer fixing.
Cheiko Steele, the volunteer coordinator of the lantern floating ceremony, said that the volunteer response "has been massive and astonishing."
According to Steele, the lanterns are recollected from the ocean post-ceremony and recycled for the next one.
Around 7,000 lanterns are expected to float on the water of Ala Moana Beach Park on the evening of Memorial Day.