My family is traveling to Hawaii, specifically, Oahu next spring, and we wanted to do activities that included the entire family. We have always wanted to release sky lanterns into the sky because it would be perfect with a Hawaii sunset and a beautiful memory to have. However, we are not sure if it's legal to do on the beaches of Hawaii? (We live in the mountains in a fire hazard zone so it's not legal where we live, but over the Pacific Ocean, wouldn't it be less of a risk?)

Does anyone know if Sky Lanterns are legal to lit and send off on the beaches of Hawaii, specifically Oahu?

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    Sea breezes often blow inland, so the floating lanterns could easily drift inland.
    – user13044
    Mar 8, 2017 at 3:02
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    Hawaii is probably just as mountainous as where you live. Mar 8, 2017 at 4:57

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Sky lanterns are banned in Hawaii. In July 2012, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law HB2113, a bill which imposed a total ban on aerial luminaries, including the ignition, possession, sale or use.

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