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Hawaiian Memorial Ashes to Sea and Celebration of Life Ceremonies are beautifully intimate, loving, and a positive and meaningful way to memorialize your lost loved one and find closure to your mourning process.

Experienced paddlers will accompany you and up to 6 guests in our safe, stable double-hull canoe adorned with tropical flowers. We cannot take children under 12 years old in our canoes. A Hawaiian Kahu will accompany you to chant, blow the pū (shell), say prayers and lead the family in sharing as we spread your loved one's ashes into the sea.

The most beautiful and powerful way to scatter ashes is directly on the waves with floating flowers. Please bring ashes in a biodegradable paper or plastic bag. Or Bamboo Tubes are a perfect choice and available on Amazon.  If you prefer to use an urn, it must be water biodegradable and compact due to limited space in the canoe.

See a video of ceremony here

Mana'olana is a nonprofit organization supporting cancer survivors, and we provide a tax letter for your donation. Please email for further information on donation and availability. We only offer two ceremonies per month and our Kahu is busy, so we need to confirm his availability and ours before confirming your ceremony date.

Here is what families say about our services:

Above and Beyond Our Expectations - “I was carrying a burden. My mother had wanted her ashes scattered off the coast of her beloved Maui, and I had yet to fulfill one of her last wishes. Finally, after much research, I decided to go with the Ashes to Sea Celebration of Life Ceremonies with the Mana’olana Pink Paddlers in Maui. I am more than grateful that I made this important decision. The ceremony went above and beyond my husband’s and my expectations. Everyone there was so understanding, kind, and respectful. The Hawaiian Kahu started us with a spiritual prayer and intention, which made me feel as if my mother’s spirit was smiling down at us from the warm Hawaiian sky. Once we were on the ocean, we sprinkled a circle of flowers on the water as the Kahu continued his prayers. I will never forget the sense of calm and peace upon that beautiful pink canoe after I scattered my mom’s ashes into the deep blue sea. The burden I’d been carrying had been released. My mother had been released. And I could finally say good-by, knowing that she was finally at peace.”   


Aloha:  I want to express my immense gratitude for your professionalism and service. I was afraid the ceremony was going to be a sad day for me, but I have thanked God every day that I came to Mana'olana for my ceremony. It was perfect, and I truly treasure the very reflective, peaceful, and yes joyous fulfillment of my husband's wish. I am forever grateful for the sense of peace that the paddle out has given me. Your team of volunteers is so amazing. The Kahu really pulled it all together and made the service awe inspiring. Thanks for putting together a true “A” list team for me. It was a true celebration of life. Thank You!!



Miss Me but Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds,
Miss me, but let me go.


Here Comes Love


Jean Stuart (1935-2020)

Love is the thick sweet icing on a birthday cake

Pink streamers casting warm shadows

Placed gently by friends

Love is a child saying “I love you so much”

Love is feeding a new kitten or rescuing a pup

Love is telling an elderly neighbor how grand her garden is

Love is taking time to watch a sunrise with red as bright as your heart

Love is walking for peace

Walking towards you

Letting go of past mistakes

To enter into a quiet place just to hear your breathing

Love is honoring every age

Every stage

Be strong

Be brave

Here comes