Add the Touch of Hawaiian Wedding Traditions to Make Your Special Day the Memorable One!

The Hawaiian islands can easily hook you up with its flourishing scenic beauty and amazing culture. Especially when it comes to weddings, then every one of us starts dreaming about taking a long sabbatical and get a destination wedding planned there. The Hawaiian wedding traditions can surely be the icing on the cake.

Besides the locals, the visitors also prefer their wedding to get the spark of Hawaiian wedding traditions that makes their moments extra-special. Fortunately, we have collected those best Hawaiian wedding traditions that are usually followed in Hawaii weddings, and you can surely embrace them too.

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The Tradition of Lei Exchange

A valuable ridge to the Hawaiian wedding traditions is the fragrant flower, Lei. Lei is a garland of flowers. Leaves, ferns, seeds, fruits, or nuts, etc. Instead of exchanging the rings, Lei is exchanged between the bride and the groom. It’s a circle without having an end or beginning that manifests the endless beauty & eternal love found in married life. The bride and groom place the Lei over shoulders and heads of each other. This Hawaiian wedding tradition means they promise to each other that they both will always be there for each other with their endless love forever.

The Tradition of Conch Shell Blowing

It is the way to initiate the ceremony in Hawaii. Also, it is blown at the end of the ceremony. As per the Hawaiian wedding traditions, the blower blows it in all the four directions to announce the importance of the occasion and represent each of its elements subsuming fire, air, earth, and water to witness this special event. Usually, it is either blown in very starting, or even it can be a symbol that the bride has started walking down the aisle. Though this Hawaiian wedding tradition is not performed in each of Hawaiian weddings, numerous people begin their ceremony by blowing the conch shell.

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The Lava Rock and Ti Leaf

This is again the lovely Hawaiian wedding tradition that is usually followed there. Most people stay confused about why does this custom of taking lava rock wrapped in Ti leaf performed. It has a deep meaning to perform this custom. It means the everlasting commitment and union of two people. After the ceremony, this lava rock in Ti leaf is left at the site to celebrate the union with the belief that it will strengthen their love. This Hawaiian wedding tradition is simply a way to ground the new relationship between two people.

The Tradition of Washing Rings

If you think rings are washed to remove their dirt, then you are wrong here. This Hawaiian wedding tradition simply is a symbol of new beginnings. It’s overall a blessing ceremony wherein the Ti leaf displays the good health of the soul, and the body and rings washed in water symbolize new life together of the newlywed spouse.

The Traditions Hawaiian Music

The wedding song, ‘Ke Kali Nei Au,’ is the most traditional one and is played during the ceremony as an imperative part of the Hawaiian wedding tradition. In the year 1926, it was written by Charles King in the Hawaiian language, and then it was translated into English. This song is usually played on the reception functions of the newlywed couples and also played during their first dance with each other. It is classical and soulful, and you will just love hearing it. Though several other songs are also performed as per Hawaiian wedding traditions, this one is the ancient and best song ever.

Final Words!

These are the amazing, admirable, and meaningful Hawaiian wedding traditions. If you want to adopt these Hawaiian wedding traditions, then you would surely need to take a Hawaii wedding license. The prevalent Hawaii wedding planners offer full-fledged Hawaii wedding packages inclusive of all formalities. It will help you follow the loving Hawaiian wedding traditions easily.

26th Anniversary Vow Renewal Ceremony

Our congratulations and Mahalo goes to a very sweet couple from San Diego, California. Luis (Alex) and Patricia (Patty). Enjoying a Hawaii vow renewal ceremony seemed like a beautiful thought, to reaffirm their love of 25 years. On May 6, 2004, at their church in San Diego, they vowed to be each others partner in life forever. Excited and happy, they arrived at Magic Island early for their 4 pm ceremony.

We found them to be a nice, gentle fun to be with couple. She looked beautiful in a dress similar to a Hawaiian print, he in walking shorts and long sleeve shirt, creating a youthful couple. Greeted by our Reverend Michael Nelson, a immediate friendship developed between Patty, Alex and our crew. A simple Hawaiian ceremony was enjoyed with some tears of happiness. Blowing of the conch by Reverend welcomed them to Magic Island and their intimate ceremony.

The vows were not the same as 25 years ago, but the meaning were the same. This Hawaii vow renewal ceremony for Alex and Patty was very special to them and made them feel so very close to each other. This joyful couple will celebrate at Rocky’s at Hilton Hawaiian Village and enjoy their honeymoon around Oahu island. 

Double Wedding Ceremonies Enjoying Hawaii Weddings

This a beautiful Hawaiian wedding story of identical twins Galadriel and Guinnevere from Arizona They both got engaged recently. Galadriel and Dylan, Gunnevere and Tommy all work together at the same company. You will be surprised that there are quite a few couples enjoying double Hawaii weddings or Hawaii vow renewals. These two couples just wanted a simple wedding but thought having it together would be memorable and fun. They chose February 20, 2019 to get married at Waialae-Kahala Beach. They enjoyed a beautiful crisp, serene Hawaiian atmosphere with gentle waves as they said “I do”. Dressed identically with gentle elegance with  matching outfits, two beautiful couples.  Reverend Michael Nelson provided them with a ceremony they will always cherish. Congratulations and Mahalo for having us.

Two Heart One Love- Hawaii Vow Renewals

There were fond memories of their wedding day on February 14, 2009. Their theme was “Two hearts, one love”, printed on a shot glass with their names and two hearts entwined. Their rings were placed within, carried by their daughter.  A beautiful Hawaii vow renewal ceremony for Susie and Robert  were enjoyed with many loved ones supporting them. A day with light sunshine, chilly but yet beautiful Waimanalo Bay Beach awaited with the miles of white sandy beach just for Susie and Robert. Surprisingly no one else, what a nice omen for them. They came greeted by our Ohana crew, wearing colorful Hawaiian attires, dorminanty Valentine red and oranges. We will have a grand ceremony with the ukuleles-singer and hula dancers entertaining. Haku head leis for mother and daughter. With the Hawaiian wedding song and hula dancing, Susie and Robert in red Hawaiian outfits walked down the aisle. They proudly followed their beautiful daughter down the sandy aisle. The vows by Reverend Troy were beautiful accompanied by the ring exchange, The traditional sand ceremony involved all three of them as family. The leis, beautiful white and red made with fragrant orchids were used for the giving of the gift of Aloha. One for their daughter and two for each other. Blowing of the conch, love song and hula dance to honor the new Susie and Robert. A memorable Hawaii vow renewal ceremony. Congratulations and Mahalo to a fine couple and family.

Surprise, Mom! We had a Hawaii wedding ceremony at Magic Island

“Just the two of us”. Sometimes a trip to Hawaii to enjoy a vacation and secretly elope to get married is fun and the right thing to do for them. A simple Hawaii wedding on the shores of one of Hawaii’s most popular beaches was what Laraya and Erik dreamed of. They chose a popular Hawaii wedding location called Magic Island, located at the Ala Moana beach park. The famous background of historic Diamond Head and beautiful Waikiki Beach in the distance. Laraya loves the brilliant colors and flowers of Hawaii. For their Hawaiian wedding, November 5. 2018, a beautiful multi-colored orchid “haku” head lei was a must, giving her the look of a Hawaiian princess bride. A cascade bouquet mostly white tinted with red/pinkish baby roses and yellow orchids, sprays of purple orchids was a beautiful addition to her beautiful white gown.

On most Hawaii beach weddings, the groom chooses white long sleeve shirt and khaki trousers or walking shorts. Foot wear for comfort are slaps. (slippers). A dark double purple orchid lei was brightened Erik’s outfit. A gorgeous morning for a Hawaiian wedding, our couple arrived by limousine, happily meeting minister, Reverend Michael Nelson. Strolling hand in hand for a romantic walk to our Hawaii wedding location, beautiful memories were being created with loving photos. Our Hawaii wedding ceremonies are relaxing and fun for all.

Erik attempted to blow the conch and was successful three times. Good job, Erik. With the ceremony beginning with the sound conch shell, Laraya and Erik was in their own dream world . After their personal vows to each other and the traditional Hawaiian lei exchange. they were pronounced the new Erik and Laraya. Looking at each other, a huge smile and laughter from both as they kissed for the first time being husband and wife. A beautiful memorable Hawaii wedding ceremony. Mom, surprise! We are now married. Congratulations and Mahalo to our wonderful couple.

Two Became One

It was  memorable and stress free Hawaii wedding ceremony for Rachel and Benjamin, on August 18, 2018 on the sandy dunes  of  Waialae Beach Park. Rachel began their Hawaii wedding and honeymoon plans  ten months ago and chose the beautiful Hawaii wedding location at Waialae Beach Park. Along with our Big Fat Hawaiian wedding package, it was a perfect venue combination.  She had everything she wanted and added a few more extras.

Two limousines brought the bridal party and their loved ones on this sunny and but cool tradewind day. Aloha greetings with ukulele music greeted them, along with Reverend Michael Nelson and the photo/video crew. Gorgeous Rachel and handsome Benjamin, dressed in such stylish white wedding fashion. A beautiful elegant deluxe white bouquet to high light Rachel’s fashion. The gift of Aloha from Rachel and Ben to their loved ones, were kukui nut leis, and floral orchid leis.  This day 8/18/18 is one of the special day for

Hawaii weddings chosen by wedding couples this year. Cameras are ready to capture this special day to create the beginning of their love story. They walk down the white bridge for the last time as two, when they cross back after the wedding, they will do so as one.  Sounding of the conch, singing of the Hawaiian wedding song, binding of their lives together with a Hawaiian sand ceremony began the ceremony bringing tearful emotional vows of marriage. Beautiful white double orchid leis were exchanged as gifts of Aloha.  A Hawaiian love song was dedicated to the new Benjamin and Rachel by our singer.Congratulations and Mahalo for sharing your Hawaii wedding with us.

Beautiful August Hawaii Wedding

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For us Hawaii is beautiful all year long, but for those who love the sun and the tradewind, August is one of the best months to have their Hawaii wedding ceremony. It is a popular month for both locals and destination Hawaii weddings, so booking early is a good idea. Upcoming date of Aug. 18, 2018  (8/18/18) is “the big date” couples have secured.

Our Hawaii wedding couple today, Stephanie and Joseph of Fresno, California chose Aug. 1, 2018 (8/1/18) which is easy to remember. Staying in Waikiki during their honeymoon they chose Waialae Beach Park as their Hawaii wedding location. A wise choice was to choose a package with a limousine service, which picked them up at the hotel and then returned them happily married. Here comes the bride and groom and being met, with Aloha from Rev. Michael Nelson and Roger. Stephanie and Joseph are a very attractive couple  dressed in a modern flair. A cascade bouquet of pinkish-ivory like roses  and hydrangea awaits her.

A black shiny kukui nut lei for Joseph. A beautiful wedding on the sands of Hawaii is about to take place. The happy couple walks up the white bridge to the sandy altar where the Reverend waits. Sounding of the conch begins the Hawaiian ceremony of Stephanie and Joseph. A memorable wedding ceremony, just the two of them, so romantic, happily participating in the Hawaiian sand ceremony. The vows were most beautiful, the rings was gorgeous sparkling in the sun. With the traditional flower lei exchange, they became the new Joseph and Stephanie, kissing each other on both cheeks. Marriage certificates were signed and sealed. Many romantic wedding portraits were created for the newly weds, Joseph and Stephanie. A champagne limo ride back to the hotel. Celebration on the catamaran coming up. Congratulations guys!

 

Hawaii Wedding Dream Came True

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A free spirit couple from Poland traveling through out the United States stopped in Hawaii to have a Hawaii wedding ceremony. Jakub and Natalia booked their wedding plans in Hawaii as they traveled through out the U. S. choosing May 4, 2018 as their special date. Natalia loves the beautiful white sandy beaches and the blue/green ocean with little surrounding islands in between. They chose to have their most important day of their lives to get married at Waimanalo Bay Beach. The happy couple looked like a prince and his beautiful princess bride.

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A haku head lei of brilliant hot pink flowers with yellow and green completing the lei, a look of a blonde Hawaiian princess dressed in a fashionable dress. He looked great in walking shorts with white shirt and a fragrant green maile lei. He also added a fashionable hat. Reverend Mike’s Hawaiian ceremony and words will always be a memory cherished as they travel further into their venture as husband and wife. Beautiful photos and mementos as Natalia and Jakub said “I do take thee”. Jakub carried his bride and swirled her around. A perfect beginning to their life together. They will visit San Francisco, Las Vega, Tampa & Cleveland before Jakub heads for a conference in New Orleans. Congratulations and Mahalo.

Hawaii Weddings With a Lifetime of Memories

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On May 3, 2018, a life time of memories for the Hawaii wedding of Linda and Austin of Illinois. Linda used our wedding planning service and were delighted with the no stress beautiful wedding ceremony. She chose the peninsula of Waialae Beach near the Kahala hotel, next to the ocean and the beautiful panoramic view of Koko head. From the selection of our Hawaii wedding packages, she chose the Paradise package and added harp music, extra limousine service for her guests and extra leis of different types like maile and pikake. Beautiful Linda arrived via limousine. Her loving Mom stylishly dressed and her Dad in formal military uniform ready to give away their daughter to Austin.

Austin arrived early dressed in blue wearing a maile pikake lei, waited with Reverend Mike and his best man at the altar. Our camera crew prepared to capture the memories of this special day. The sound of the conch, Mom proceeds round the corner holding two yellow plumeria leis, the beautiful sound of the harp playing the Hawaiian wedding song. Here comes the bride holding a beautiful white bouquet, escorted by her father.  Austin sees his beautiful bride for the first time that day.

A happy couple smiling and laughing were supported by many of their loved ones smiling along with them. A memorable Hawaii wedding ceremony they will forever cherish. A wonderful thing happened as they became husband and wife, exchanging plumeria leis as a gift of Aloha. Everyone gasped with surprise as a school of small fishes went leaping out of the water, three times  making a half circle around the peninsula. We considered it a good omen for the new Austin and Linda. A Hawaii wedding beautifully captured for a lifetime of memories. Linda’s Mom ended up the winner of the bouquet toss.  Thoughts of Hawaii weddings, Mom. Congratulations and Mahalo to Linda and Austin.

 

A Beautiful, Emotional Hawaii Wedding

So much love, they started hugging and kissing as they stepped out of their limousine. She cried throughout their Hawaii wedding ceremony, he kept his cool until he said “I DO”, then they both cried with happiness. The Hawaii wedding of Jennifer S. and Charles O. was beautiful and memorable. Memories were captured with many photographs and video coverage. They even live streamed their Hawaiian ceremony to loved ones at home in Yucca Valley. Waimanalo Bay Beach on April 12, 2018 was beautiful, the bride and groom were so impressed with the the panoramic view.

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This couple chose our Hawaii wedding package with many wedding ceremony goodies, starting the day with hair and makeup in their hotel room for Jennifer and a long limousine ride from Waikiki to the windward side, Waimanalo, Oahu. Dressed in formal wedding attire, they were greeted by Reverend Michael, with guitar music in the air and camera crews in action. A cascade bouquet of pink  and white roses, with cascades of white orchids highlighted her attire. We let our couples choose whether they desire to have a processional or not for their Hawaii wedding ceremony. Jen and Charles chose to walk in together down the white sandy aisle. Our minister blew his conch shell then guitar music with the song requested by the couple, John Legends “All About Me” beautifully sung by our singer.

Jennifer and Charles begin their journey to become one in heart and life. Beginning their lives together with the Hawaiian unity sand ceremony to combine their lives of yesteryears and their future. Smiling and crying Jennifer, tears did not stop until the very end of their ceremony.  This Hawaii wedding ceremony with beautiful vows and ring exchange concluding with the flower lei ceremony, will be forever treasured by the new Charles ad Jennifer. They enjoyed their photo and video shoot on the beautiful Hawaiian beach, as well as the wooded area of Sherwood Forest.  Holding their treasured decorative certificate of marriage, they prepared to enjoy the limousine ride,, sipping champagne along the eastern coast of Oahu. A happy couple with a Hawaii wedding of their dreams, with memories to last forever. Mahalo for sharing your happy day with us.