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Volunteers prepare lanterns for the Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony

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Temple staff and volunteers prepare lanterns for the 25th annual Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, which will take place at Ala Moana Regional Park on Memorial Day, May 27.

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Nancy Hall with one of the 6,000 floating lanterns that will be set adrift.

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Ken Bellisle builds one of the 6,000 lanterns that will be set adrift during the ceremony.

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Placing paper on lanterns are Kandi and Rob Lee, who have been volunteering for 12 years. Also pictured are Jamie and Rob Grilho who have been volunteering for six years. The couples have been involved with the Hawaii National Guard through Na Koa.

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Sandi Mactagone and Christine Cao work together on a lantern.

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Carol Ogasawara, left, and Nancy Youngren transcribe memorial requests submitted online by people who cannot attend the ceremony in person.