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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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Fundraiser Print Shop For Sara Beth Richards

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Hi everyone! If you could take a moment to read this, and share if you can, it’d be much appreciated. One of my lovely friends, Sara Beth Richards, has long-struggled with PCOS and endometriosis. After seeing doctors for years, and after experiencing “over 100 ultrasounds, MRIs, etc.”, she finally got to see a new specialist, only to discover that her right ovary has been completely covered in “Chocolate Cysts”, giving it 0% function, and her left ovary has several cysts as well, though there is still a slim chance at function if immediately treated.

She is now scheduled for a surgery on November 4th. However, her insurance coverage requires a really high deductible before they will pay, and she is looking at up to $6500 in out-of-pocket expenses.  Sara Beth is an Army National Guard veteran currently going to school full-time and is working with a bartender’s income.

One of her friends is doing a Perfectly Posh (pampering products) fundraiser, and I’d like to offer a special art print gallery, with images below, where 100% of the profits will go to Sara Beth to help her with her medical costs.  The ‘Americana’ themed images are from a shoot I did of Sara Beth in 2011, and I threw in a few landscape shots for good measure!

If you’d like to donate directly to Sara Beth, her PayPal is sara-hay (at) live.com.  Thank you very much for reading this!

Here are the available prints, just click to be taken to the shopping cart! (New prints are added at the top!):

 

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