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Maile is one of the oldest and most popular lei used in ancient Hawaiÿi. It was commonly worn for the worship of the god of hula and even used as a peace offering in times of battle. Its leaves are said to protect the wearer, bring good luck, and even possess healing powers. This lei is commonly worn by males for weddings and special occasions. Also commonly used to drape over a doorway of a grand opening of a business to bring good luck. Hawaiÿi Island’s Hilo Maile is known for its long leaves, sweet aroma and can be dried. It will last for years. Hawaiÿi Island Weddings, Honeymoons, and Special Occassions is now bound with the traditional maile lei holding precious island mo‘olelo (stories), artful images, wedding industry professionals and business services for you.

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Aloha! Welcome to the 2018 Hawaiÿi Island Weddings, Honeymoons, and Special Occasions magazine! Whether you’re planning your wedding, a vow renewal ceremony, baby lüÿau or any other special occasion, we know you’ll find helpful information within these pages… in the stories, advertisements and planner, too. The members of Hawaiÿi Island Wedding Association are passionate about our love for Hawaiÿi Island, also known as the Big Island, and the island we call home. With its multiple climatic zones on this 4,028-square-mile landmass, which is the largest of the Hawaiian island chain, you will truly find any environment you can imagine for hosting your ceremony and reception. Whether it’s lava, sand, rainforest, ocean, waterfall, ranchland or snow-topped mountains, Hawaiÿi Island offers it all. With the exception of New Zealand, no other place in the world offers the diversity that is here on the “Big” Island of Hawaiÿi. Hawaiÿi Island is also home to the annual Merrie Monarch International Hula Festival (in Hilo), as well as The IRONMAN® World Championship (in Kona), and plays host to some of the world’s best golf courses and other outdoor attractions. Whether you live here in Hawaiÿi or are a visitor, we invite you to peruse the pages of this magazine, which is provided to help you with your planning. The wedding professionals highlighted in this magazine are all people we know and work with, and we’re confident they will provide excellent service and follow-through. We would like to wish you Hoÿomaikaÿi, Congratulations! We look forward to helping you plan your Hawaiÿi Island wedding and wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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Want to Get Married in an Unusual Place on Hawai‘i Island? | By Denise Laitinen

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locations, Hawai‘i Island has them all: tropical rainforests, lava flow settings, world-renowned beaches, luxury resorts, and beautiful parks. There are also a variety of picturesque bed and breakfast inns, historic sites, botanical gardens, and ranches that offer intimate settings with spectacular views. For all brides, whether local residents or visitors planning a destination wedding, the wedding location sets the tone and feel of your special day, as well as takes up a large part of the budget. Non-traditional wedding settings need not be expensive. In fact, the permit fees for many unusual wedding sites is very reasonable compared to a resort or hotel locale, you just need to do your homework to learn what rules and permits govern different locations around the island. Here we explore a variety of unique Hawai‘i Island wedding locations. We look at what you need to know if you want to get married at an unusual location, such as a beach, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, at a state park like Hapuna Beach or Akaka Falls, or at a county park, such as Queen Lili‘uokalani Gardens. In upcoming issues, we’ll feature other unique wedding sites, off the beaten path. First, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning your ceremony for an unusual wedding site. The number of guests is an important factor in deciding your wedding venue. Some locations have limited capacity and can only handle a small amount of people. Another consideration is where you will hold the reception and the number of guests. Some unusual locations, such as Akaka Falls, do not have space for a reception on site, requiring guests to travel between ceremony site and the reception. If the drive between the ceremony and the reception is a long one (say Akaka Falls to Waimea), it affects the flow of the festivities. Also consider the terrain. Will you have to hike to get to your wedding site? If you have elderly or disabled guests will they


State Beaches Hands down, one of the most popular places to get married in Hawai‘i is on the beach. Hawai‘i Island is blessed with several excellent beaches including popular wedding spots Hapuna Beach and Anaeho‘omalu Bay. Since August 2008, the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources has required a permit for any weddings on a beach statewide. This includes all waterfronts, harbors and beaches, including those that front hotels. If you’re planning a beach wedding, it’s worth checking out the rules online at hawaii.gov/dlnr/land/administrative-rules. Called Wiki Permits, the State charges a fee based on the size area you request (100 square feet vs. 500 square feet and so on) with a minimum fee of $20.

In order to apply for a permit you need to submit proof of comprehensive liability insurance of at least $300,000 that specifically names the State of Hawai‘i as additionally insured on the policy. It’s a good idea to apply for a permit at least two weeks before the date of your wedding. There can be delays with the permit if the State is not mentioned specifically as an additional insured party on the liability insurance and you want to give yourself time to ensure everything goes smoothly. The permits are good for only two hours (including set up and breakdown) and limit the amount of people allowed in the area to 25. Typically, if you have a wedding coordinator, they will pull the state permit. However, you can apply for the permit yourself if you do not have a wedding coordinator. You will need to arrange for the liability insurance yourself (if you’re a homeowner you can arrange it through your homeowners insurance.) It’s important to note that the State severely restricts “stuff” that can be used during your beach ceremony. This includes arches, kāhilis, alters, tables, chairs, tents, or tarps. Event signage, banners, posts, ropes, or stanchions to demark the area of the wedding are not allowed. No chairs are allowed

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have trouble reaching the unusual location you selected? Keep in mind, many places like state and county parks are open to the public and cannot be closed for your exclusive use.

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either, except for a limited number of seats for the elderly or disabled. Keep in mind that beaches are public places and if you do receive a permit from DLNR, there’s a possibility that other people may have reserved the same beach at the same time. Since you can’t limit beach access, there’s a very real possibility of having members of the public enjoying the beach adjacent to your wedding. Some people may say you don’t need a permit. Please be aware that those not getting a permit run the risk of a $5,000 fine.

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If you want to get married at any of the 14 state parks on-island, like Kalopa, Wailoa River, or Hapuna Beach State Recreation Areas, you will need to apply for a special use permit from the Division of State Parks at least 45 days before the date of your wedding. Group use permits are required for groups with more than 26 people regardless if it’s a wedding or other event. There’s no fee for the permit, but a $75 fee and $100 security deposit is required if you want to reserve the large pavilion at Wailoa River State Recreation Area. You’ll need to submit your request in writing and specify which park you want to use, the date, time, number of people attending, and contact information for the adult permit holder.


According to Dean Takebayashi, Parks District Superintendent, island-wide the department receives less than a dozen requests a year for weddings at state parks. Takebayashi points out that at most state parks, like Hapuna Beach, the pavilions have a capacity of 60 people and are shared use, meaning they cannot be reserved exclusively for a specific party. The one exception to this is the large pavilion at Wailoa River, which has a capacity of 500 people and can be rented for the day. It’s not surprising that Takebayashi says Wailoa River is hands down the most requested state park for weddings. He adds that while there is a grill at the Wailoa pavilion, there are no kitchen facilities. “If you have a wedding reception there you would need to have everything brought in.” Takebayashi also adds that no decorations are allowed at state parks.

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If you’re looking to have your wedding at a county park you need to contact the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation. According to Parks and Recreation staff, you need to submit a special request form to use a pavilion at one of the community parks for any event that’s out of the norm, including weddings. County staff will need the date and time of your wedding to make sure there are no scheduling conflicts with other events. It also enables them to determine there are no safety issues involved and that there are enough restrooms available. They also need to know the number of people attending since the amount of attendees cannot exceed the size of the space. The special request form is not a permit and no permits are needed for weddings at Queen Lili‘uokalani Gardens in Hilo, one of the more poplar wedding locations on island. Queen Lili‘uokalani Gardens also has a small pavilion, which is reserved on a first come, first served basis.

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Pauoa Bay, Kohala Coast: James McNabb, Jacqueline Rogers, Kealoha Sugiyama (Kahu) Randall Ka‘aihue (musician) photo courtesy of Jacqueline Rogers, provided by KonaWeddings.com

Special use fees for weddings at county parks vary per location. Pavilion rental fees start at $25 ($50 per day if you use the kitchen) and County staff remind you that you can not bring any tables, chairs, balloons, or arches. Not all county park locations allow wedding ceremonies. For instance, weddings are not allowed at Pana‘ewa Zoo, although the facility’s pavilion can be rented for informal parties, including wedding receptions. If you want to hold your reception at the Zoo, bear in mind that the pavilion can only hold 50 people and alcohol, live music, and balloons are not allowed. If you want to hold a wedding or a reception at one of the several community centers on-island you need to contact the community center directly.

Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden

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Tucked amidst the shoreline of Onomea Bay (seven miles north of Hilo along Old Māmalahoa Highway), lies a botanical garden wrapped in legend and beauty. Located on the 4-Mile Scenic Drive, the Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden encompasses 17 acres which are open to the public and features more than 2,000 tropical plants from around the world. Here you’ll find

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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Walk way in the gardens photo courtesy of Aaron Miyasato

a wide array of plants and flowers, as well as tree stands, streams, waterfalls, and even an orchid garden. Stroll down to the ocean, where you’ll find a paved circular area for ceremonies overlooking Onomea Bay. “People fall in love with the place and want to get married someplace special,” says David Tan, Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden executive director. Even more romantic—legend swirls around the twin rock formations protruding out into the bay called “the Lovers of Kahali‘i.” The story is told of two lovers who were turned into stone pillars to protect the village of Kahali‘i from potential invasions from the sea. Open to the public since 1984, David says the facility has been offering weddings for the past 10 years. As a nonprofit nature preserve, the Garden typically handles only a few events a year and is meant for smaller parties. “We are for small wedding ceremonies only—30 people max,” says David. “We’ll set up a tent and pews in our paved wedding site right on the ocean.” All weddings at the Garden are subject to a $3,000 event fee, regardless of the number of guests. The Garden offers a comprehensive package, including a minister to perform the ceremony, leis for the bride and groom, a wedding cake, a musician, and more, which runs about $3,500.

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Some couples looking for locations steeped in Hawaiian culture or who have strong connections to Kīlauea Volcano, may opt to get married within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The Park’s website provides detailed instructions about getting married in the Park. Weddings held in the Park should be small in size and held away from high-use areas. Ceremonies can be held anywhere that is easily accessible with the exception of Halema‘uma‘u Crater and the hula platform near the Kīlauea Visitor Center. According to the Park’s website, most couples choose overlooks with a view into Kīlauea Caldera or Kīlauea Iki Crater, or forested areas like Kīpukapuaulu. Before your wedding, you’ll need to submit and receive approval of a special use permit application, as well as submit a $150 nonrefundable application fee. In addition to the permit fee, keep in mind that park entrance fees also apply for you, your wedding party, and guests, with the current fee at $25 per car. According to Jessica Ferracane, public affairs specialist for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the Park receives about a dozen wedding permit applications a year, usually from couples who have strong ties to Hawai‘i’s volcanoes.

Holoholokai Beach Hōlualoa Beach Kaimū Beach (aka New Kalapana Beach) Kahalu‘u Beach Kauna‘oa Beach Ka‘upulehu Beach Ke‘ei Beach Kikaua Point Beach Kukio Beach Mahai‘ula Bay Beach Makaiwa Bay Beach Manini‘owali Beach (aka Kua Bay) Mauna Lani Beach Mau‘umae Beach Pauoa Bay Beach Pahoehoe Beach Park (fronting Ali‘i Drive) Puako Bay (fronting residence) Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Spencer Beach Waialea Beach DLNR.hawaii.gov/ld/commercial-activities Permit request for a wedding in a state park: Division of State Parks, 75 Aupuni St., Hilo, HI 96720 808.587.0300 For a list of all 14 state parks on-island: HawaiiStateParks.org/parks/hawaii Permit request for a wedding at a county park or community center: Hawai‘i County Parks and Recreation Hilo office, 808.961.8311 Kailua-Kona office, 808.323.4322 Permit request for a wedding at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park: For more information contact Walt Poole: 808.985.6027 Download the application: Nps.gov/havo/parkmgmt/weddings.htm Mail the completed form to: Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Attn: Walt Poole, PO Box 52 Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

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These are just a few of the unusual locations to get married on Hawai‘i Island. Our future annual issues will feature other unusual Hawai‘i Island wedding locations. If you would like to suggest other unique on-island locations to get married, please contact us!

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Contact writer Denise Laitinen: denise@deniselaitinen.com Wiki Permits for beach weddings: DLNR.ehawaii.gov/permits/welcome.html The website offers live help during weekday business hours (HST). For possible suggestions about how to proceed given your type of event: 808.587.0439 Wiki permits from DLNR are required for weddings at the following beaches: Anaeho‘omalu Bay (aka Waikoloa Beach) Hakalau Bay Beach Hapuna Beach (fronting State Recreation Area)

Lokoaka Wilderness Trail tide pools Neil and Cristina Mock photo courtesy Intimate Hawaiian Nuptials


Let Your Love Grow How to include living floral and greenery in your wedding décor

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| By Kathleen Akaka

he floral décor can be enjoyed on your special day, and longer, by decorating with living flowers and

plants. Using plants as décor at your wedding is sustainable and a great way to stay within your floral budget. You can plant them together ahead of time with your friends, family, or future spouse. Live plants can create great keepsakes for you and your spouse, your guests, and your family members that last for years. Everyone can plant them in their yards and display them fondly in their homes. Local greenhouses and nurseries can offer great ideas for making container gardens. Some plants will be hardier and easier to grow than others. Container gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Be creative! Recycled glass, colored ceramic pots, large shells, terra cotta pots, decorative urns, hanging floral baskets just to name a few. These arrangements can be used in multiple locations for all the wedding festivities and will last longer than cut flowers as long as they are cared for. Remember to give them a lot of tender loving care and they will create memories for years to come. Investing in eco-friendly décor adds extended life to your wedding budget and a healthier environment when planted. Well cared for plants live a long time as a reminder of that special day.

Here are some ideas for decorating with plants.

Ceremony The ceremony site has great significance as it is the main backdrop of your wedding photos and vow exchange. Consider the beauty and colors of the location when choosing your live foliage. Hawai‘i has phenomenal natural scenery. Use your living floral décor to compliment that exotic beauty. To decorate at a church, you can place colorful potted plants at the entry, such as red crotons. Hang small, potted fuchsia plants with matching sheer fuchsia bows at the end of the pews. Decorate the altar with glass container gardens or beautiful lauhala baskets overflowing with live orchid plants. Blooming flowers or foliage will compliment your natural background scenery and leave lasting memories for you and your guests. If you choose to use an archway, live plants can create the aisle. Embellish the top and sides of the arch with hanging baskets of long draping plants such as ivy, ferns, or string bean plants. Locally available, Areca palms are beautiful and come in different sizes to create a consistent design theme. These can be easily dressed up with lights, fabric, or ribbon ties.

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Reception and gift area with custom-made surfboard for guest registration. Includes a live cymbidium orchid. photo courtesy Toby Hoogs

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Large container gardens in a decorative urn add elegance to any ceremony site. “Lemon lime” dracaena mixed with colorful coleus leaves make a beautiful statement. Red Abyssinian banana plants make a stunning tropical display as well. You can even choose to decorate all white with white vinca, snow princess, or dusty miller plants.

Bridal Party Bridal party floral may be a bit challenging to incorporate live floral. If you wish to use a live orchid or other foliage the roots

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can be tied up nicely by the florist so they can be planted in a pot or the ground after the wedding is over. I suggest using local, eco-friendly, organic cut flowers and maile for the bridal party.

After the ceremony your guests celebrate your marriage, seated at tables decorated with floral gardens that serve as centerpieces. These can be a large container garden or several smaller container gardens at each table. Mix in candles, glassware, bamboo plates, a wooden charger, and customized place cards to create a beautiful, memorable table display. You can create live floral arrangements that include anthuriums, white dendrobium, or cymbidium orchids. Terrarium or recycled glass planters can include succulents, herbs, small perennials, baby bushes, mums, or daisies. Planting these living gardens is a great activity shared by bridesmaids or other family members. The same plants that you use for the reception can also be used for the rehearsal dinner or other ‘ohana (family) functions.

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Small potted plants labeled with a wooden stick or printed tag can be incorporated into functional items that designate table names, individual seating assignments, favors, and directions to the ceremony. Lavender, basil, or rosemary can add a beautiful scent to the table. As a gift to take home, your guests will be able to enjoy them for a long time. Larger container gardens can serve as the décor for the buffet table. Edible arrangements on the buffet such as herbs, chives or peppermint can add to the experience by allowing guests to garnish or season the cuisine with live plants.

Possible Plants

Tree Marigold

Cymbidium Orchid

In Hawai‘i plants are readily available and the many colors and varieties offer endless design possibilities. Matching your wedding colors with local plants can be simple with the help of a knowledgeable nursery owner or avid gardener.

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Hydrangea

Black Eyed Susan Cosmos Dahlia Gladiola Fuchsia Herbs Hydrangea Iris Jasmine Lavender Lily Lily of the Valley Marigold Nasturtium Protea Roses Snapdragon Stock Sunflower Veronica Water Hyacinth Zinnias

Rosemary

Dendrodium Orchid

When deciding on your flowers, choose local plants that will be in bloom at the time of your wedding. There may be plants in your yard or a neighbor’s yard that can be transplanted into a pot with dirt—be sure to give them some time to root.

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Other seasonal living flower plants:

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Remember to nurture, water, and care for them, as in every loving life-cycle. Growing your love may be a process that continues on in your family for generations.

Destination Weddings In Hawai‘i we host many destination weddings. Everything you create can be shipped home once it passes through the agricultural inspection process. Or you may want to donate the flowers and plants to local schools or organizations to beautify their environment. Gifting the officiant, the caterer, or anyone who provides services for your wedding spreads your aloha. Let your love grow—into your hearts! Contact photographer Toby Hoogs: TobyHoogs.com

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Ho‘omana‘o Mau A Lasting Remembrance Etched in Gold

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he Hawaiian Islands have neither native metals nor enameling technology. So how did enameled gold bangles become traditional ornamentation for Hawaiians? Ornaments of shell, bone, teeth, wood, feathers, and fiber have been found, which indicate that Hawaiian people have enjoyed jewelry since our ancestors first began to populate these islands. As different groups migrated to the islands, tastes expanded and new styles were added to the cultural jewelry box. One of the many changes brought to Hawai‘i after the fateful arrival of Captain Cook in 1778 was the introduction of new materials and motifs in fashion and art. As the political and cultural landscape changed, so did the artistic and sartorial. In 1792, Britain’s Captain George Vancouver made friendly overtures to Pai‘ea Kamehameha, who by then was ruling much of the island chain. Vancouver set the foundation for a deep and lasting friendship with Great Britain. Pai‘ea Kamehameha ruled as a war chief consecrated under the old gods, and the political structure of the islands remained similar to the preceding eras. After his death in 1819, a tsunami of change swept the islands. Among those changes was the development of a modern monarchy, modeled similarly to the English crown. Both Hawai‘i and England were island nations as well as monarchies, and personal and political friendships developed between them. The new Hawaiian monarchy quickly developed a taste for English and European fashion, especially deriving inspiration from the British Isles. Hawai‘i’s King Alexander Liholiho, Kamehameha IV, and Queen Emma were friends of Britain’s Queen Victoria and

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her husband, the Prince Consort, Albert. Queen Victoria stood godmother to the Hawaiian royals’ son, Prince Albert Edward Kamehameha, born in May of 1858. Sadly, the Hawaiian prince died in 1862 at only four years of age, a year after the death of his royal namesake, Albert, Prince Consort of England. The following year, the Hawaiian king died. The two queens who had been joined through politics supported each other in their grief, and remained fast friends for life. Both of the royal women took to mourning dress. Jewelry worn during mourning was quite simple compared to the elaborate jewel-encrusted confections of happier times. The widowed Queen Victoria favored engraved gold bands with black enamel mottos of remembrance. The little prince had been beloved by all Hawai‘i, and the entire kingdom mourned. Lydia Lili‘u Kamaka‘eha Pākī, a high ranking chiefess related to the king and frequently at court, had lost several family members, including her hānai parents, in the previous years. A young woman of British leanings and taste, she followed Queen Victoria’s fashion, and had bracelets like the British monarch’s commissioned for herself. A slender bracelet with the motto, Hoomanao Mau, “Lasting Remembrance” (modern writing Ho‘omana‘o Mau) appears in many photos of her from 1862 on, including one taken in her early twenties, and some taken shortly before her death. Another bracelet was engraved R. Naiu (modern writing R. Nā‘iu), possibly in remembrance of the King and his heir, “R.” being a standard abbreviation for the Latin “Rex,” and “Regina,”


respectively, “King,” and “Queen,” or their plurals. As “Naiu” is a plural meaning “the royal ones,” or “the sacred ones,” it seems likely that the bracelet commemorated Hawai‘i’s late royals. However, without documentation from Lydia herself, this is speculation. In any case, other ranking and upperclass women of Hawai‘i soon followed suit. Lydia’s brother was to become King David Kalākaua in 1874. When he proclaimed her his heir, he changed her name to Lili‘uokalani. The Victorian bangles again became prominent fashion statements when Kalākaua’s Queen, Kapi‘olani traveled to England for Queen Victoria’s 1887 Golden Jubilee. Crown Princess Lili‘uokalani traveled with her Queen to act as interpreter. Although Kapi‘olani could understand English, she preferred to speak in Hawaiian. The Hawaiian Royals were seated with Queen Victoria and shown all due respect. Among the gifts Victoria

graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and to remember a loved one. Often, a mother or grandmother will have a bracelet made to celebrate the birth of each child. The bracelet is engraved with the child’s name. When the girl grows up and marries, the bracelet is given to her. If the child is a boy, it is given to his bride. Beloved heirlooms, each bracelet holds precious memories that may date back generations. Some, even to those original remembrances of royalty. ❖ Jewelery photos courtesy Thundering Seas Jewelers: thunderingseas.com Contact writer LeiLehua Yuen: kumuleimanu@gmail.com Bibliography De La Cruz, Linda; Midweek; Archives.Midweek.com/content/columns/entrepreneurs_ article/historic_hawaiian_heirloom_ jewelry Foro Dinastias; Dinastias.Forogratis.es/los-monarcas-noeuropeos-t2428-180.html Hawai‘i Digital Newspapers Project: Sites.Google.com/a/hawaii.edu/ndnp-hawaii/Home/ historical-feature-articles/queen-kapiolani-and-princessliliuokalani-s-trip-to-the-united-states Lili‘uokalani; Hawai‘i’s Story by Hawai‘i’s Queen; Boston; Lee and Shephard

Young, Peter; Ho‘okuleana; ToTakeResponsibility.blogspot.com/2012/08/hawaiianheirloom-jewelry.html

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presented them were the classic bangles, carved and enameled with their names. On returning home, the women ordered bracelets made for several close friends and family members. Soon, all Hawai‘i’s ladies of fashion were wearing their own. The bangles remain popular today. They are given to commemorate special occasions such as birthdays, baptisms,

Shimabukuro, Betty; Honolulu Star-Bulletin; Archives.StarBulletin.com/98/05/12/features/story1.html

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Planning Your Wedding Day . . . SIX OR MORE MONTHS PRIOR • Select a wedding date and time. • Announce your engagement in the newspaper. • Mail save the date cards. • Make a preliminary budget. • Hire a wedding consultant. • Determine your wedding style. • Decide on your color scheme. • Determine the size of the guest list. • Start compiling names and addresses of guests. • Select bridal attendants. • Have fiancé select attendants. • Select a master of ceremonies. • Select a reception venue. • Reserve your ceremony and reception locations. • Select a caterer. • Select an officiant; visit clergy and discuss ceremony. Wedding preparations at Hulihe‘e Palace, Kailua-Kona.

• Register at a bridal registry in the towns of both families, or online with one of the many services available, including honeymoon registries. • Order invitations or announcements. • Complete the guest list. • Make transportation arrangements for the wedding day • Start planning the honeymoon and obtain a passport, if necessary. TWO MONTHS PRIOR • Check in with your wedding providers or consultant. • Address invitations and announcements. • Mail invitations four to six weeks before the wedding • Finalize all details with your wedding consultant, or caterer, photographer, florist, reception venue, musicians, etc. • Order the wedding cake, if not supplied by caterer.

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• Reserve tents, rental tables and chairs, etc. • Select a professional photographer and videographer. • Select musicians. • Select a florist. • Select wedding rings. • Select your dress and head piece. • Select bridesmaids’ dresses. • Make your travel and lodging reservations. FOUR MONTHS PRIOR • Check in with wedding providers. • Make final arrangements for the ceremony (deposits should be paid, contracts signed). • Make sure all wedding attire is ordered. •H  ave both mothers coordinate and select their dresses. • Meet with your hair and makeup stylist.

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• Finalize ceremony details with the officiant. • Make rehearsal arrangements, if needed. • Finalize honeymoon plans. ONE MONTH PRIOR • Have a final fitting for your gown and bridal attendants’ dresses. • Purchase gifts for attendants. • Purchase gift for fiance. • Have the bridesmaids’ luncheon. • Purchase going away outfit.


• Keep a record of all gifts received. • Write thank you notes as gifts arrive. • Make sure you have all accessories: toasting goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles, etc. • Give musicians, or your wedding consultant, the list of music for the ceremony and reception. • Select a person to handle the guest book and determine its location. TWO WEEKS PRIOR •C  heck in with your wedding providers. Give them your cellular phone number. • Attend to business and legal details. •G  et the necessary forms to change your name on your Social Security card, driver’s license, insurance, medical plans and bank accounts. •P  repare wedding announcements to be sent to the newspaper. • Give a change of address card to the post office. • Finish addressing announcements to be mailed on the wedding day.

Service Contracts It is imperative to get a detailed, clearly written service contract from each vender you employ. Also get any non-standard changes to your agreements in writing. This will protect you should any problems arise with services or products and will be essential to resolving any disputes.

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• Reconfirm honeymoon arrangements. • Arrange for someone to assist with last minute errands and to help you dress. • Have a rehearsal with all participants and review their duties. • Enjoy your rehearsal dinner. YOUR WEDDING DAY • Make sure you bring the wedding rings and the marriage license. • Congratulations! You are ready for your wedding day! Photo courtesy: Karen Loudan Photography

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A ll beaches on Hawai‘i are free and open to the public

to use for a wedding, with the proper permits required for a beach site. A permit is not available for every beach on Hawai‘i Island, however, so check with your coordinator or the Hawai‘i County Parks and Recreation office for more information. A permit can also be arranged by your wedding planner for a fee. This also applies to state and county beach parks and public lands. It is good to scout your site well, as you may discover beachgoers or another wedding party already using a location that you have your heart set on, so please show your utmost respect for their right to be there. To ensure that you and your wedding party have the most positive and wonderful experience possible on your very special day, the following information is provided to ensure that you, as well as all residents and guests of Hawai‘i, have a truly marvelous and memorable beach experience. Select a wedding site that is realistically suitable and an appropriate size for your wedding party, including sufficient parking and facilities. Do not overcrowd the area with your event. For the protection and stewardship of Hawai’i’s treasured natural and cultural resources, please do not make use of any archaeological or historic sites. If there are other weddings at the same beach,

please keep your group contained. Position your party so that it is not placed in the other weddings’ backgrounds or close enough that the ceremonies can be overheard easily. Respect the rights of the general public. Do not reserve, restrict or rope off beach or park areas. Please do not ask beach users to move or relocate or try to impede free passage of the public by asking them to not walk behind the wedding party or ceremony setting. The use of chairs, wedding arches and amplified music are not allowed at beaches and most public areas. The consumption of any alcoholic beverage is not allowed on beaches, in parks or on state and county lands. We suggest that you use either sparkling cider or other nonalcoholic beverages for all toasts. Be mindful of the corks, which can get lost in the sand or water; please retrieve them and take away with your other ‘ōpala (rubbish). Malama ka ‘āina: To minimize a negative impact on our fragile environment, please malama, take care, and leave the site cleaner than you found it. It is your responsibility, or that of your wedding coordinator, to remove all flowers and any other ceremony-related debris. Mahalo!

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Traditional Hawaiian Weddings | By Leilehua Yuen

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oday’s beautiful and romantic Hawaiian weddings are a blend of traditions from many cultures, and often incorporate unique personal elements created by the bride and groom for their special day. Our modern weddings draw on traditions from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and, of course, Polynesia. As an officiant, I have been asked to help couples craft ceremonies which honor their blended backgrounds. I have helped couples design their ceremony which juxtaposed dancing flames and reflecting water, Hawaiian ho‘āo and Shinto sake ritual, Mexican lazo, and Hawaiian lei. While the Hawaiian Islands are synonymous with romance, and many of our ancient tales are based on, or at least liberally seasoned with, seduction and romantic intrigue, marriage as it is known in the Western world did not enter the Hawaiian culture until after 1820. In ancient times, there was no ceremony comparable to the modern wedding. What we think of today as marriage did not exist. There was no government licensing, no legal requirement, and no divorce. There was no expectation that

one man and one woman would “forsake all others and cleave unto” each other for their entire lives. Higher-ranking chiefs practiced polygamy and polyandry, and both men and women were free to change partners for any or no reason. If a couple decided that their relationship was no longer productive, they simply parted ways. As children were reared by the entire extended family, there was little, if any, disruption in the life of the youngsters. The maka‘āinana, the landsmen, or common people, had traditions which varied from island to island, district to district, and family to family. “Marriage” could be as simple as deciding to share a sleeping mat and starting a family, or as elaborate as the two families getting together, exchanging gifts, and hosting an ‘aha‘aina, a feast, to celebrate. Today, we know these kinds of common-law marriages as nohopū. Lacking an expectation of attachment, jealousy was rare. It did, however, exist, and was notable enough to provide the core of the conflict in several of the great Hawaiian romance epics, such as that of Lu‘ukia, or the story of Kahalaopuna. Of course, there were individuals who had life-long romantic attachments


Courtship While each family is different, a typical courtship might begin with the young man taking choice fish from his catch, or beautiful vegetables from his farm, to the girl’s family. He might begin spending more time helping the men of her family with their daily tasks. If they enjoyed his company, he might stay and help prepare the imu, then remain to eat. At last, he would cease going to his own home, and simply remain as part of the household of his sweetheart. Their relationship would be looked on as a natural part of the evolution of the family. Probably the most famous form of courtship among traditional Hawaiians is playing the ‘ohe hano ihu, the nose flute. Young men would fashion a flute from the local thinwalled bamboo, Schizostachyum glaucifolium, and compose a melody unique to themselves. They would play this melody for that special someone, who would recognize it as composed for herself, alone. Sometimes, the young lady would craft a nose flute for herself, and they would play duets, or play in a calland-response fashion. Other stories talk about sweethearts crafting lei, not only for their beloved, more importantly for the grandparents of their intended. After all, as the kūpuna say, “If you’re in with the grandparents, you’re in!” Surfing also played a role in courtship, and several of the celebrated romances in Hawaiian history and legend hinge on surfing contests. Men and women both enjoyed, and continue

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to enjoy, displaying their skill in riding the waves, body surfing, board surfing, and canoe surfing. In the romance of Kelea, the surfing chiefess of Maui, her skill at surfing draws the attention of Lolale, chief of O‘ahu. Though he is not a surfer, and prefers the cool uplands to the seashore, they marry, then eventually she leaves him to be with his surfer cousin, Kalamakua. On occasion, exceptionally high-ranking children would be paired with each other from infancy, if a kahuna skilled in the family genealogies determined that it would be an auspicious match. In general, though family might have hopes and make suggestions, as long as the chiefs provided children of sufficient mana, choice in liaisons was the prerogative of the individuals. Same-sex relationships were also common. High Chief Līloa of Waipi‘o Valley had an male paramour, as well as an official “wife,” the mother of his highest ranking child, and a liaison with another woman which produced his more famed son, ‘Umi, who became an ancestor of Kamehameha Pai‘ea. Interpretations of some stories indicate that his wife had her own hale, and Līloa lived with his paramour until the chief’s peaceful passing in old age.

Marriage Ceremony Royalty might have more elaborate ceremony when pairing off, yet it was not intended to consecrate the unity of the couple. The ceremony was to ask the blessing of the gods on the children of the royal pair, to assure that these offspring were born with perfect bodies and minds, and great mana, or spiritual power.

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with each other, and these relationships also are treated in song and story. The romances of ‘Ōhi‘a and Lehua, and of ‘Umi and Kulamea come immediately to mind.

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These ho‘āo ceremonies varied according to locale and family, and could be as simple as the royal couple being escorted to their new sleeping hale (house) and wrapped together in a sheet of pure white kapa with their family priests and chanters offering prayer and song for the union and offspring, to elaborate ceremonies of several days length involving exchange of ceremonial gifts, participation of the court’s priests and chanters, relatives, and interested parties, and the preparation of much food at a great ‘aha‘aina. In some ‘ohana (families), a new hale would be built for the couple in which to conceive a child. This would prevent the possibility of any negative mana from previous uses of the building affecting the child. New kapa would wrap the couple, and new dishes held their food, for the same reasons. Sometimes, if a family heirloom such as a great-grandmother’s moena (sleeping mat) had seen the birth of many children of great mana, that might be used so that its mana would be added to the conception. All parts of the ceremony were focused toward giving the children-to-be the greatest mana possible, for their health and success was the health and success of the entire community.

The Modern Hawaiian Wedding After the introduction of Christianity in 1820, people began to “male.” This Christian-style wedding was adopted by many families and eventually became the legal form. The term is simply transliterated from the English word “marry.” Spelled in Hawaiian, which has no written “r,” and must end in a vowel, the word become “male” pronounced (MAH-lay).

The early Christian-style marriages were as austere as the Calvinist Missionaries who brought the ceremony. Records of some of these marriages can be found starting around 1826. A typical wedding might take place at the end of a regular church service. The minister, the couple, and two witnesses would stand at the door of the church and make their vows before the congregation. Afterwards, the minister would scribe the marriage into the church records, with the couple and witnesses signing. The main change at this time was not the outward form of the wedding ceremony; it was that the focus was now on the couple as a unit, “one flesh,” rather than as a channel to provide children of mana for the community. As time went on, the ceremony became more elaborate, especially after the Hawaiian royalty began to travel to Europe and join the Anglican Church. By the heyday of the Hawaiian monarchy, in the mid to late 1800s, weddings of royals and highly placed families rivaled the pomp and splendor of any European fête. After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, weddings again became more simple affairs. Then, with the Territorial Era, Hawai‘i was marketed by companies such as Matson and Pan Am as a romantic destination for honeymoons. Local families again celebrated lavishly, often beginning to save for a daughter’s wedding at her birth. The baby lū‘au, a major production in its own right, is only a foreshadowing of the wedding pā‘ina. When Bing Crosby starred in Waikiki Wedding in 1937 and sang Blue Hawai‘i, and later in 1961 when Elvis Presley created a remake and named the film Blue Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i’s role as a wedding destination was set. An entire industry began to build around creating “dream weddings” and honeymoons.

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As different ethnic groups came to settle in our islands, people brought their customs from their homelands. As people met and intermarried, they shared their customs. Today, brides and grooms often select traditions from their ethnic backgrounds and from their life experiences, then blend them together to create beautiful and unique ceremonies that are especially meaningful for them. When I am asked “Is this okay?” or “Do you think I should?” I tell the couple, “Your wedding marks the beginning of your lives together. You will remember this day for the rest of your lives. Create the wedding that you want to remember.” Sometimes, two or more traditions are blended to create a new tradition. The lei is a much loved part of Hawaiian ceremony and celebration. The lazo, a special kind of rosary used in Catholic weddings, is an important part of many Portuguese, Filipino, and Mexican weddings. In the past several years, I have seen a beautiful blending of these traditions. The

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rosary is replaced by a lei which is wound about the clasped hands of the bride and groom, or placed around both of their necks, linking them together. Today’s couples have the opportunity to interview a number of wedding officiants before deciding on which one will best help them to create their own unique ceremony. I encourage couples to take advantage of this. Whatever traditions and

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customs a couple are heir to, in the end, a wedding should be an expression of their love for each other and their dreams and hopes for their future together. � Leilehua Yuen is a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, historian, author, artist, kumu hula, and kahu, licensed to officiate marriages in the state of Hawai‘i.


Contact photographer Robert Malovic: KonaWeddingPhotography.com Contact Leilehua Yuen: Leilehua@LeiManu.com Bibliography . Beamer, Winona; Interviews, 1997-2007 . Beckwith, Martha: Hawaiian Mythology

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Sacrificial Origin of Monarchy . Diamond, Milton, PhD; Sexual Behavior in Pre Contact Hawai‘i: A Sexological Ethnography . Finney, Ben; Surfing in Ancient Hawai‘i . Gutmanis, June; Na Pule Kahiko, Ancient Hawaiian Prayers . Handy, ES and Pukui, Mary Kawena; The Polynesian Family System in Kā‘ū . ‘I‘i, John Papa; Fragments of Hawaiian History . Kamakau, Samuel; Ruling Chiefs of Hawai‘i

. Kamakau, Samuel; The People of Old . Kamakau, Samuel; Tales and Traditions of the People of Old . Kamakau; Samuel; The Works of the People of Old . Kanahele, George S; Emma: Hawai‘i’s Remarkable Queen . Malo,David; Hawaiian Antiquities

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Traditional Hawaiian Weddings translated for our Japanese readers.

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今日の、美しくロマンチックなハワイアンウェディングは、多 様な文化や伝統が織り込まれています。同時に新郎と新婦の人 柄や、彼らの希望を組み込んでつくりあげる特別な式でもあり ます。現代におけるハワイのウェディングにはヨーロッパやアメ リカ、 アジア、 アフリカ、 そしてポリネシアなどの伝統が取り入れ られています。私は司祭者として、 カップルたちに依頼され、 それ ぞれの文化や信仰をとりいれた式をつくりあげるお手伝いをさ せていただいています。両者と話し合い、 デザインさせていただ いた式には、燃えおどる松明の炎とホビ族の水瓶、 ハワイアン 式の結婚式と神道の盃の儀式、 メキシコのロザリオのコード (ラ ゾ) と、 ハワイの花のレイを同時に行うなどの独創的な結婚式が あります。 ハワイの島々は多くのロマンスがあることで知られており、 古代の物語の数々は、誘惑やロマンチックな興味をそそるよ うなテーマに基づいて伝えられていることが多いですが、西洋 式の結婚がハワイの文化にとりいれられるようになったのは 1820年以降からのことです。 古くには、現在のような結婚式に匹敵するものはありませ んでした。今日のような結婚というカタチは存在しなかったので す。行政の許可も、法的な要求も、 もちろん離婚もありませんで した。一人の男性と一人の女性が「他をすべて見放し、 お互いに 忠実に」 すべきという期待もありませんでした。高い地位にある チーフたちは一夫多妻制や一妻多夫制をとり、 男女ともに、何の 理由が無くとも、 それぞれいつでも自由にパートナーを替えるこ とが出来ました。 お互いに、夫婦関係に生産性が無くなったと感 じれば、彼らは単純に別の道へと進みました。子供たちは大家 族で育てられていたので、夫婦が別れても、子供達の人生に影 響を与えることは、 ほとんどありませんでした。 ハワイ語のマカアイナナ (土地の人) という、 いわゆる一般 の人々は、島から島、地域から地域、家族から家族で別々の伝統 を引き継いでいました。 「結婚」 とは、同じマットで寝て、家庭を 築いていくという単純な決めごとの場合であったり、二つの家族 が互いに集い、贈り物をしあい、 アハアイナというご馳走でもっ て祝う宴を催すことでもありました。現代では、 このような慣習 法に基づく結婚は、 ノホプー、 とよばれています。 お互いへの執着が少なかったため、嫉妬は稀でした。 しか し、 そのような感情は存在し、恋愛を語るいくつかの伝説では、

嫉妬が争いのもとであっとも描かれています。例えば「カハラオ プナ」 の伝説であるルウキアで伝えられています。 もちろん中に は、互いに生涯の愛を貫く人々もいました。 これらの関係もまた 歌と物語の中で扱われています。代表作のオヒアとレフアの伝 説や英雄ウミとクラメアの伝説は、心に響くロマンチックストー リーです。 求愛 各家庭によって違いはありますが、好きな娘の家族のため に、青年が、魚捕りの腕前やや、見事な野菜を収穫出来ることを 示すことが、典型的な求愛の始まりと言えるかもしれません。青 年は、彼女の家の男性たちの、 日々の仕事を手伝うことに多くの 時間を費やし始めます。 もし娘の家族が、青年の同席を喜んだ なら、彼はイム (ハワイの伝統的料理) の準備を手伝い、 それを 食べるために滞在することになります。 そうして、彼は自分の家 に戻らなくなり、恋人の家族の一員として、 そこに残るようにな ります。彼らの愛情関係は、家族の発展の自然な一部とみなさ れるのです。 おそらく、 もっとも有名なハワイの伝統的求愛に、 バンブー ノーズフルートを吹くことがあります。青年は、 その土地にある、 楽器を作るのに適した竹からフルートを形づくり、独特の曲を 作ります。彼らはその曲を、特別な相手のために奏でます。 そし て、 その曲を聞き分けることが出来るのは、特別な相手、 ただ1 人でした。時には、若い娘たちも自分のためにノーズフルートを つくり、 デュエットをしたり、相手を呼んだり、答えたりするため にフルートを吹きました。 他の物語では、最愛の人にだけでなく、 その祖父母にもレイ を手づくりする恋人について語っています。 つまり、 クプナ (年配 者) が言うように、相手の祖父母があなたを好いていれば、結婚 を助け、 サポートしてくれるかもしれないということです。 サーフィン競技にも求愛の役目があり、 ハワイの歴史と伝 説の要となる有名なロマンスのいくつかには、 はサーフィン大会 が関係しています。 男性も女性も、 ともに長く楽しむことが出来 き、体や板、 カヌーを使って、波に乗る技術を発揮し合いました。 マウイ島のサーフィンをする女性支配者、 ケレアのロマンス では、彼女の波乗りの技術がオアフ島のチーフ、 ロレアの注目を 浴びました。 しかし彼はサーファーではなく、 また海岸よりも涼 しい高台を好んでいました。 そこでケレアは彼のいとこでサーフ ァーの、 カラマクアと共に彼のもとを去りました。 時に、並外れた高い地位にある子供たちは、幼い頃から将 来の相手を決められています。家族の家系に熟練したカフナ (専 門家) が決定するならば、 それは幸運と言えるでしょう。 同性の関係も知られていました。 ワイピオ渓谷で高い位に あったチーフ、 リロアには、 男性の愛人がいましたが、公式な 「 妻」 で最高位の子供たちの母親と、彼の最も有名な息子ウミ (カ メハメハ パイエアの祖先) を産んだ別の女性と、連携をとらせ ていていました。 いくつかの物語の解釈では、彼の妻は、彼女自 身の家を所有したことを示しており、 リロアは彼の愛人と、 チー フとして年老いるまで、平和に暮らしたとありました。


結婚式 式の全てで、子供たちに可能な限りのマナを与えることに また同時に、 そこには西洋式の結婚式に匹敵するものはあ 集中しました。彼らの健康と成功はコミュニティ全体の成功を りませんでした。王族は結婚する際、 とても念入りな式を催すか 収めることを意味するからです。聖な力を備えたことを保証する もしれません。 しかしそれは夫婦の結束を捧げることを意味し ために、王族夫婦の子供たちに神の祝福を受けられるように願 たものではありませんでした。式では、 これらの子孫が完璧な体 いました。 と心を持って生まれてくるように、 また偉大なマナ、 もしくは神聖 これらハワイ式の結婚式は、場面と家族に応じて変化しま な力を備えたことを保証するために、王族夫婦の子供たちに神 す。王族夫婦が、眠るための新しい家に付き添われ、純白のカパ の祝福を受けられるように願いました。 (木の皮で作った布) のシーツに一緒に包まれ、一族の司祭や これらハワイ式の結婚式は、場面と家族に応じて変化しま 祈祷師が、同盟と子孫のために祈りと歌を奉納する、簡単なも す。王族夫婦が、一族の司祭や祈祷師に付き添われ、眠るため だったかもしれませんし、儀式用ギフトの交換や、王室の司祭た の新しい家で、純白のカパ (木の皮で作った布) のシーツに一緒 ちと祈祷師、親戚や利害関係者を参加させ、盛大な宴のために に包まれ、同盟と子孫のために祈りと歌を奉納するような、簡素 十分な食べ物を準備し、数日におよぶ式を念入りに仕上げたか なもだったかもしれませんし、儀式用ギフトの交換や、王室の司 もしれません。 祭たちと祈祷師、親戚や利害関係者を参加させ、盛大な宴のた いくつかの家庭では、子供を妊娠するために、夫婦に新しい めに十分な食べ物を準備し、数日におよぶ式を念入りに仕上げ 家を建てます。 これは以前から利用されている建物の消極的な たかもしれません。 マナ (力) が子供に影響を及ぼす可能性を妨ぐためでした。夫婦 いくつかの家庭では、子を生すため、夫婦に新しい家を建 が新しいカパに包まれること、新しい皿に食べ物を盛ることも同 てます。 これは以前から利用されている建物の消極的なマナが、 じ理由です。曾祖母のモエナ (ベッド) や寝るためのマットが、偉 子供に影響を及ぼす可能性を妨ぐためでした。夫婦が新しいカ 大なマナ (力) を持つのたくさんの子供たちの誕生を見ていた場 パに包まれること、新しい皿に食べ物を盛ることも同じ理由で 合、時に、家宝として使用されるかもしれません。 す。曾祖母のモエナ (ベッド) や寝るためのマットが、偉大なマナ 式の全ての部分では、子供たちに可能な限りのマナを与え を持つ、 たくさんの子供たちの誕生を育んでいた場合、時に、家 ることに集中しました。彼らの健康と成功はコミュニティ全体の 宝として使用されたかもしれません。 成功を収めることになりました。❖ For more information: Japan.KaaheleHawaii.com

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Ho‘āo (marriage) ceremony with Kim and Sean Rupley, Officiant Kumu Leilehua Yuen photo courtesy Molly Irene McLaughlin Green Flash Photography Hawaii

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed | By Catherine Tarleton

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very day, wedding couples flock to Hawai‘i to exchange vows and wow their guests—or escape the pressure with a private elopement. Our beautiful romantic settings, near-perfect weather, and atmosphere that breathes aloha make these islands a destination of choice for wedding couples of all ages, backgrounds and cultures—each with their own expectations, customs, and traditions.

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The rich Hawaiian culture, filled with metaphor and imagery for the many expressions of love, wraps itself around weddings from Eastern, Western, and “fusion” cultures like a warm embrace. Here Jewish and Indian weddings are performed under canopies with ocean views; Hawaiian and Indian flower garlands adorn brides and grooms; Japanese and English words are interchanged in ceremonies; and brides from around the world experience their


Barry, an orthopedic surgeon, and Gloria, who teaches people with developmental disabilities, are also musicians, and members of “Kona’s Traveling Jewish Wedding Band,” which plays traditional klezmer and more modern music from Europe, Israel and Broadway.

“The world’s largest mikvah is the Pacific Ocean,” says Barry, referring to a ceremonial bath. “I suggest that the morning of, or the day before the wedding, they take themselves to the ocean, and while holding hands, ask each other for forgiveness for any way they may have offended each other, and immerse themselves in water together. Afterward, they immerse themselves individually, and ask to forgive themselves for any way they may have not lived up to their own expectations.” Barry and Gloria’s shared love of their culture and music also inspired them to create Kona’s Traveling Jewish Wedding Band which continues to entertain wedding guests. “We will conduct the wedding, then run down the aisle and join the band and play for them,” says Gloria. “That good feeling of enjoying the spirit of weddings motivated us. Music was always and always will be a central, an integral part of the process.” “Justice Anthony Kennedy says, ‘No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,’” says Barry. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than what they once were. It is not only a joy, it is an honor for us to perform a wedding.” “By the time the wedding happens, they want you to be part of it,” says Jeannette Rhodes of Beach Weddings Hawai‘i, a boutique company, specializing in intimate weddings and elopements. “They’ll say, ‘come sit with us, have cake!’ It’s not just business; we really like making people happy,” she says. Jeannette says elopements are growing in popularity, as more couples opt to save money for travel or home purchase, and to focus on their relationship. Their company commonly helps wedding parties of two to six people, who may choose a quietly elegant picnic on the beach instead of a fancy reception. A professional hair and makeup artist, Jeannette is the creative director; husband Eric focuses on photography. Together, they offer with their “Muse Bride” service, a post-wedding, full-blown fashion shoot in the Familiar traditions include the chuppah, or wedding canopy, studio or on location representing the home that the bride and groom will create. Brides and grooms may hold hands and circle each other at the beach, volcano, seven times, symbolic of the seven days of Creation. At waterfalls, and the end of the ceremony, the groom will break a glass with his foot—to signify that even in the midst of great elsewhere.

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happiness, there are still broken things in the world that need to be mended.

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dream of the Western-style “white wedding.” What’s different about wedding customs in Hawai‘i seems much less important than what’s shared. One remarkable example comes from Dr. Barry Blum of Shaloha Weddings in Kona. “When we arrived in Kona, Seymour Lewis, the leader of the Jewish Congregation at the time, told us he had heard that 1,000 words were the same in Hawaiian and Hebrew,” says Barry. “Hawai‘i, when pronounced in Hebrew, means, ‘Let us have an island.’ The name of the volcano goddess, Pele, means ‘naturally occurring miracle.’ ‘Strength’ in Hawaiian is koa, and in Hebrew, strength is koach (ko-ach). And, of course, both shalom and aloha mean hello, goodbye, and peace.” Barry and his wife Gloria Blum responded to a need for Jewish wedding ceremonies in 2000, when there was no rabbi in KailuaKona. As president of Congregation Kona Beth Shalom, Barry began to study wedding practices and traditions. “For Hawaiian tradition, I called on Leon Sterling, my friend and kahu (pastor), who probably married everybody in Hawai‘i in the past 100 years,” quipped Barry. “He was so gifted. I also asked friends who were rabbis and wedding officiants, to get ideas. The result is a wedding that is authentically Jewish and also includes Hawaiian poetry, prayer, and customs.” “Many of the couples that choose us are interfaith.” says Gloria. “Rabbis are often reluctant to perform these ceremonies but we want to build bridges and share the universality of the Jewish wedding ceremony. We’ve performed Jewish-Indian ceremonies, Jewish-Thai, Jewish-Japanese, Jewish-Filipino, Jewish-Hawaiian, Jewish-Christian, as well as other interfaith and of course, traditional Jewish ceremonies.”

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Their business partner, Reverend Dard Aller (a 28-year resident and six-time Ironman® finisher) handles the ceremony. “His ceremony is so beautiful, so heartfelt,” says Jeannette. “He was a Christian minister for a long time, so he can do religious ceremonies or just those on the spiritual side. He does incorporate Hawaiian elements. He is really respectful of the

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culture and spiritual practices.” For Japanese couples (a large part of their business), Dard may offer pule (blessings) in Hawaiian, and speak English for part of the proceedings, and when it is time to exchange vows, in a powerful shift, he switches to Japanese so the couple may fully participate in their own language. Interestingly, for all its complex protocols in many other aspects of life, the early Hawaiian culture did not include a formal marriage ceremony, for most people. According to Mary Kawena Pukui in “Nānā I Ke Kumu,” the expression “noho pū ‘ana” (dwelling together without ceremony) or “no pū” (no ceremony) were used to describe a bonded couple. After a courtship period where the young man would prove himself a good provider, the families would get together to witness an exchange of promises, from the couple to each other, and to their parents. Lei maile, knotted and entwined to symbolize the union, would be present. Polygamy was common, and it was expected that wives of one husband or husbands of one wife would be punalua, close friends and companions, in order to nurture a harmonious marriage all around. Following Bride portrait with henna hands. the elimination of the kapu photo courtesy Danny K Photography system and arrival of Christian missionaries, polygamy was proclaimed illegal by Queen Ka‘ahumanu in 1835. Unions of ali‘i (chiefs) required more elaborate preparations and protocols, as well as a generous dowry and discussions of land administration, a chiefly responsibility for two allying families. Kāhuna (priests) would consult the omens, and


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work to ensure that the bloodlines stayed pure and the couple’s mana (spiritual power) was untainted and properly aligned. Kahu Wendell Silva, of Hawaii Cultural and Spiritual Services Center, uses the word “ho‘āo” for weddings. Ho‘āo literally translates “to stay or remain until daylight.” It also refers to the night of the day called Huna, eleventh night of the month, when the ho‘āo nuptials took place. “What people most want today are authenticity and integrity,” Kahu says. He strives to incorporate Hawaiian language and ceremonial aspects into weddings, while allowing for Western nuptial traditions to also be represented. “For a couple who is religious (Christian), I can read from First Corinthians,” says Kahu. “For us, aloha and the qualities it has for us are similar to what is written in the scripture. Love is universal. Aloha is universal, essential, it is the core of our belief system. And it was mandated by our ali‘i to share aloha with each other, and with all who come to our shores.” For “Lei Aloha,” one of his most eloquent ceremonies, Kahu traditionally begins by chanting “Oli Ho‘okuakahi” to summon benevolent deities to bless the occasion and clear the path for the couple. This is followed by “Oli Aloha” to welcome everyone to the celebration and embrace them with aloha. Then, “Oli Lei,” dating back to the marriage preparations of Pele, is performed as the two adorn each other with lei—usually brought forth by their parents—to remind them of their love, the way that wedding rings are symbolic of love and commitment. “We use flower garlands too,” says Mira Savara of Mira Savara Events, who performs Hindu, Vedic, and Sikh weddings on all the Islands. “We call them ‘Phulon ki mala,’ and we offer these to our gods during prayer. For weddings, the bride and groom exchange lei, and they have a special name, ‘jaimala.’” Mira started doing Indian weddings when she and her family came to Hawai‘i in 1988. “I love my culture, the festivals, dancing, singing, and we didn’t have that in Hawai‘i,” says Mira. “I started incorporating all those things that I wanted the younger generation to learn.” Beginning with Indian dancing and Bollywood dance parties for friends, Mira was somewhat prepared when an Indian groom called from New York, whose Korean bride wanted a Western-style “white wedding,” in Hawai‘i, with some Indian cultural elements. Mira is well-educated in Indian culture and customs, having gone through what she calls “cultural boot camp” at the home of her grandmother. Often elaborate, multi-day events, Mira’s weddings require a small army of vendors, entertainers and associates; and at present she will only book one wedding per month. “We are so Bridal henna hands, blessed we have the photo courtesy A-team of wedding Graham Chappell Photography professionals, who all learned the culture, and wanted to understand. I use an art school graduate as a henna artist, collaborated with a belly dancer to be a Bollywood dancer, worked with

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a design company on wedding canopies... We believe a lot in tradition and have to do it right.” “Normally, the Indian wedding will start with a prayer,” says Mira. “On the second day, you might have henna art, cultural tradition, folk dancing. It is also a meet and greet, a welcome day for the families. And, third is the wedding ceremony, which is followed by the reception and dinner.” The celebration will generally include a “Baraat,” the groom’s entourage. “This is like a ‘moment of glory’ for the groom,” says Mira. “He might ride a horse, or some kind of special wedding vehicle—helicopter, double-hulled canoe, surfboard, or even a Segway one time,” says Mira. Obviously in love with her work and her culture, and like the Blums, Rhodes, Silvas and many others, Mira also has a strong sense of responsibility. “Part of my mission is to mentor the younger generation to not forget their cultural tradition,” she says. “I encourage them to use their wedding as an opportunity to enjoy, share and teach our culture.” To all brides and grooms, Ho‘omaika‘i, Congratulations, Go kekkon omedetou gozaimasu, Mazel Tov! ❖

Hawaiian elements photo courtesy Eric Rhodes Photography

Contact Mira Savara: mirasavaraevents@gmail.com Contact Jeannette Rhodes: jeannette@beachweddingshawaii.com Contact Barry and Gloria Blum: shalomkona@gmail.com photo courtesy Graham Chappell Photography

Contact writer Catherine Tarleton: catherinetarleton@gmail.com

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Aston Kona by the Sea

The Thread Artisan

Honeymoon Adventures

808.961.9143 kuiandiflorist.com Quality custom & traditional lei, flower arrangements, bouquets and cake flowers for all occasions.

808.982.8322 or toll-free 866.982.8322 FlowersFromHawaii.biz We grow our own flowers and offer creative solutions for any budget.

808.885.6448 LehuaJewelers.com Heirloom quality jewelry for the bride and groom. 808.882.4653 MtGold.com Custom-made for weddings, engagements, anniversaries, and all special occasions.

Music and Lighting Big Island Sound

808.936.1982 Facebook.com/BigISound Sound system rental, DJ or Live Band set up, Emcee Service and More

DJ Danny Waddell

808.298.6274 DJDannyWaddell.com Specializing in DJ Entertainment Services on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Eclipse Effect Entertainment

808.936.3552 EclipseEffect.com Hawai‘i’s premier DJ, MC, Sound, and Lighting Company. Specializing in Elegant Weddings.

Officiant Beach Glass Weddings

By Creative Video & Photo Concepts, Inc. 808.990.2649 VIP-Wedding-Hawaii.com Personalized traditional Hawaiian, non-denominational, and Christian wedding ceremonies.

Reverend Patrick Thompson

808.322.3116 RevPatrick.com Ceremonies with aloha. Romantic weddings and vow renewal ceremonies on Kona’s beautiful beaches.

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Accommodations

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Resource Directory Stephanie Lindsey (Aunty Tutu), Feel the Touch of Aloha, LLC

808.443.9790 Facebook.com/Feel-The-Touch-ofAloha-LLC Unique Hawaiian weddings, The Aunty Tutu Way.

Wedding Resource Hawaii 808.754.5698 WeddingResourceHawaii.com Geno is a long time resident offering a Hawaiian spiritual ceremony with conch shell and ti leaf blessing.

Photography and Videography Aria Studios

808.394.7989 ariastudios.com Digital or film photography, or a hybrid of both, plus videography.

Beyond the Box Photography by Debi Buck

808.313.0479 beyondtheboxphotography.com Creating photos that will stir your emotions & provide memories you can feel.

Bob Fewell Photography

808.936.4231 alohafoto.com I blend the beauty of the occasion and location to create a cherished memory.

David O. Baldwin Photography

808.938.7321 David’s extraordinary abilities utilize his creativity in combination with your vision.

Eye Expression Photography

Sarah Anderson Photography

808.987.9076 SarahAndersonHawaii.com I enjoy telling the story of the day from start to finish.

Rentals & Decor

808.989.0063 eyeexpression.com Bob specializes in five-star weddings and portraits. His work has been recognized by TheKnot. com.

Aloha Kona Kids

Karen Loudon Photography

808.885.3534 BigIslandTents.com Equipment and rental supplies to make your party or wedding truly exquisite.

808.989.9167 KarenLoudon.com Specializing in photojournalistic weddings, engagements, families, newborns and maternity.

Kauakea Winston Photos

808.754.5698 WeddingResourceHawaii.com Aloha! Photographer Kauakea and Kahu Geno offer a unique Hawaiian wedding experience.

Mark Hinwood Photographer

808.238.1811 MarkHinwood.com Having studied documentary editorial photography, Mark loves to capture moments in their purest form.

808.329.3621 AlohaKonaKids.com/rentals Baby equipment rentals for all the comforts of home while you travel.

Big Island Tents

Specialty Services Angel Prince

808.217.3008 PrinceDance.org Dance teacher and choreographer of a variety of ballroom and partner dances.

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association, East Hawaii Chapter hbdaehi@gmail.com HBDAHawaii.org Providing a ballroom dance experience for East Hawaii

Wedding Cake Big Island Wedding Cakes

917.363.5906 BigIslandWeddingCake.com We create custom-designed cakes from scratch, including gluten and dairy free.

Short n Sweet Bakery Market Cafe

808.935.4446 ShortNSweet.biz Creating delicious edible cake art made from scratch from the freshest ingredients.

Venues ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

808.932.8902 ImiloaHawaii.org Looking for treasured memories? Welcome to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens

808.964.5233 HawaiiGarden.com One of the most romantic places in the world, overlooking Onomea Bay.

Waipi‘o Cookhouse

808.775.1443 A country setting for lū‘au & weddings with beautiful ocean views and catering onsite!

Wedding Planning Feel The Touch of Aloha LLC

808.443.9790 Facebook.com/Feel-The-Touch-ofAloha-LLC A planning and entertainment company specializing in weddings, lū‘au, and birthday parties.

Hawaii Island Weddings & Celebrations

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808.238.0633 MyHawaiiIslandWedding.com Inclusive weddings and treehouse honeymoon packages, specializing in elopements.

Alex Klarc is a Fine Art Wedding photographer who resides in Kailua Kona. His passion for wedding photography stems from his drive to create, experiment and capture the unexpected and fleeting moments of a wedding day. Alex pushes his skills with creative artistic expressions from his foundation in nature and landscape photography and his appreciation of the beauty this island has to offer. Alex’s compositions offer a truly unique and timeless end result. www.primaryfocushawaii.com 2018 Wed

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Vintage & Lace Wedding Specialists

808.238.0742 VintageAndLace.com Specializing in events that are personal and intimate, no matter the guest count.

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