Greg begins the ceremony by blowing the
pū, a sacred conch shell, set apart only for this purpose of Christian weddings and vow renewals. Ancient Hawaiians believed the pū to be a gift from God to allow us to share our breath with His when we blow it. It came from Ka Moana (the sea) and Greg blows it in all four directions, filling I Ka Lani (the sky) and blowing across Ke Aina (the land). He is announcing your celebration to all of creation, sea, land and sky and ask for God's blessings to come to you from every direction.
The Bride and Groom share their intentions of marriage, saying "I Do" as they place the lei over the head of the other, sharing a hug and a kiss on the cheek as is the customary Hawaiian way to greet someone with Aloha. Leis are also often shared with family or friends attending and usually shared with others in the wedding party. A Haku (forehead crown lei) is a beautiful and festive addition we can provide as well. Contact us for our current lei options and pricing.
The Traditional Hawaiian Greeting is to stand forehead to forehead, nose to nose, and breath in and out a few times, sharing one another's breath. This is the literal meaning of Aloha. Alo = To share and Ha = Breath, Life or Spirit. Pastor Greg has you stand in this way for a moment and then step back and repeat several short Hawaiian phrases of love and promise. He guides you through the whole process and it is incredibly touching whether watching someone else or participating yourself.
Greg has the couple hold a Koa Wood Bowl, the strongest and most beautiful of the Hawaiian woods as a symbol of your marriage relationship you are now forming, strong and beautiful as well. Into the bowl, he places Your Rings, symbols of the two of you, as individuals, giving yourself to the marriage and to the other person. Over the rings, Greg pours Sea Water a symbol of cleansing, grace, and forgiveness, a reminder to always forgive and never go to bed angry. Finally, Greg stirs the water with a Ti Leaf, a symbol of protection here in Hawaii. As he stirs, he asks God to bless your rings and your marriage with the strength and beauty represented by the koa, with the forgiveness and grace represented by the sea water and with protection and prosperity represented by the Ti leaf. Greg explains the deep Christian symbolism involved and attached to each symbol at each stage of the ring blessing ceremony.
THIS IS OUR FAVORITE HAWAIIAN TRADITION!
At the end of the ceremony some couples choose to purchase an additional Maile Lei - we have several options and styles to choose from - for this ceremony. You may have seen a pastor or a priest do this with a cord or a vestment. Here, we do it with a lei.
Greg shares some special words of blessing as he symbolically binds or ties ("Handfasts") the couple's hands together with the maile lei while sharing words of unity, blessing, and sharing the tradition's symbolic meaning. He concludes by proclaiming "Those whom God had joined together, let no one tear asunder/apart." The couple's hands and joined stacked in an alternating way that forms a symbol of eternity.
This is a beautiful end to the ceremony and an amazing photo opportunity for a scrapbook, social media or wall frame later. We highly recommend this as well!
Standing in a ring of tropical flowers on a beach in Hawai'i while you get married to the love of your life? Is there anything more Romantic than that setting? WE THINK NOT! :)
The ring, of course, is a symbol of eternity, with no beginning and no end. It goes on and on forever, just like God's love for us and your love for each other.
We can provide a range of different flowers to form this ring, a mixture of colors of rose petals, plumeria blossoms, pikake,etc. There are many choices. You can also choose to use flowers like this to create an "aisle" on the beach for the bride to walk down.
Prices will vary and some flowers are seasonal. Let us know and we can send you a list of options and prices if you decide you would like to include a ring or an aisle of flowers.