A small portion of the 3,300 Shinnyo-en members who traveled from Japan for Lantern Floating Hawaii.
A member of the international media crew covering the event surveys the crowd gathered on Ala Moana Beach
The more than 45,000-strong crowd on Ala Moana Beach about an hour before sunset.
A local television reporter sets her evening news segment in the water.
A personalized lantern and its surfboard float.
The crowd lines up to release their lanterns.
The crowd on Ala Moana Beach gets larger as launch time nears.
HAWAII Magazine editor John Heckathorn's lantern.
Their lanterns lit, the first wave prepares for launch time.
The lanterns are gently pushed into the current.
A few lanterns carried lei along with their personal message.
The lanterns begin their journey along the beach.