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Lantern Floating Hawaii

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Every Memorial Day, Oahu’s residents and visitors alike begin to gather at Ala Moana Beach Park/Magic Island early in the morning. They spend the whole day in the sun barbecuing, swimming, and inscribing their memories on paper lanterns provided by Lantern Floating Hawaii.

From the website:

Lantern Floating Hawaii is a ceremony where all can come together for a personal and collective moment of remembrance, reflection, and offering gratitude to those who have gone before us. It is a chance to be surrounded by the love, understanding, and support of others – even strangers. We are strengthened as a community as we reach out to support others and build understanding of our common values and experiences.

I’ve attended the ceremony in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2014. Each year, it grows bigger and bigger, with the crowds growing to be more than 40,000 people.  While I’m skipping this year (2015), I always recommend that anyone who hasn’t gone should go at least once in their life to experience it.

Here’s a few of my favorite images from past years, but you can see my entire collection on my portfolio site.

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In The Footsteps Of My Father

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This is an image post I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of months now, and Father’s Day is the perfect reason to finally get it done! This past April, my dad and I took Ed on his first family overnight trip into Haleakala Crater, which has been a family tradition since before I was born. Even though my dad retired from the National Park Service in 2009, he still spends a lot of his time up on Haleakala leading volunteer service trips, and this was the first one I had been able to make in a few years.

My dad’s a pretty awesome guy, and my brother and I have been super lucky to have him as our father. He’s always been a truly hard worker, and I surely would not be where I am today without his support. I inherited my adventurousness from him, as well as a love for nature and landscape photography, so I’m always happy to spend this kind of time with him.  Sometimes I get a little scolded for not keeping up while hiking, but this time I intentionally was hanging back to photograph my dad walking through the amazing mountain where he’s spent most of his life working to preserve and protect the land.

Please Note: We are off-trail for some of these images, but that is because we were doing an official volunteer weed-pulling service trip, and needed to check specific locations for the weed we were targeting. Never walk off-trail in Haleakala National Park unless you have explicit permission to do so – it can be extremely damaging to the environment.

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