9 Ways To Get Summer StartedCollected by: Kim Fortson
AFAR Contributor

Longer days, warmer nights, summer dresses and shorts appearing—all evidence points to the beginning of summer, and with a three-day weekend on the horizon, it's time to get in full seasonal spirit. Whether you're from the East or West Coast or the middle of the country, here are 9 ways to kick off your summer.

Lantern Light

Even before I moved to Hawaii, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Lantern Floating Festival. It takes place on Memorial Day weekend in May at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. An estimated 40,000 people turned out for the 2012 celebration where participants arrived at the park to write the names of loved ones who have passed away on lanterns. Later, the lanterns are lit and floated out into the Pacific Ocean.

The actual floating begins at dusk, after a traditional Hawaiian inter-faith ceremony. The multitude of lanterns reflecting off the water is a spectacular sight. I was not disappointed in the beautiful memorial!

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Ala Moana Beach Park

1201 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI, United States
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