300 Lanterns to light up Kadena Marina for Month of the Military Child

by Stripes Okinawa
Stripes Okinawa

At Kadena Marina, it’s usually a blue sky, an emerald green ocean, or an orange sunset that you can find here. But on April 20, 300 lanterns will be casting their light upon the marina.

The lanterns will be launched at 7:15 p.m. as part of a festival in celebration of Month of the Military Child. The lantern festival is a free event hosted by Kadena High School's Class of 2022, will include water activities, music and a variety of foods.

This is the first festival of its kind in support not only of the military brats at Kadena, but also as a fundraiser for the high school students.

“This is a fundraising event for the class of 2022. We want this to be something beautiful and community-oriented. I hope the weather cooperates. It will be a fun night. There will be music and prom proposals, too,” Debbie Alcazar, a counselor at Kadena High, said.

Lanterns are on sale for $10 now at the school but all are welcome to attend the festival starting at 5 p.m. and observe as the 300 lanterns light up the sky on a memorable night for the community’s military children.

Sky Lantern Festival 
Date: April 20 (Saturday) 
Time: 5 – 9 p.m. 
Venue: Kadena Marina 
Tickets: $10 per lantern (Tickets are available at the cafeteria of Kadena High School during lunch time)
*You need to have a ticket to receive a lantern on the day of the event. 
*It is advised to arrive at the venue between 5 and 7 p.m. The lanterns will be launched around 7:15 p.m.
*Parking space for Kadena Marina is limited. There will be buses leaving from Kadena High School at 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Buses will return from Kadena Marina at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 
*No pets allowed. 
*The lanterns are 100% biodegradable and environment friendly. 
*Children need to be under adult supervision to handle the lantern or lighter.
*In case of an inclement weather, this event will be cancelled. 
*The school is looking for volunteers for this event too. For more info, contact Ms. Debbie Alcazar at Debbie.Alcazar@pac.dodea.edu prior to April 19, 2019. 

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