Romance Hawaii Guide : Romance Hawaii Guide 2017
BLESS YOUR DAY 12 ROMANCE HAWAI‘I The Hawaiian Islands ENRICH YOUR CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION — VISUALLY AND SPIRITUALLY — BY INCORPORATING A FEW MEMORABLE AND DISTINCTIVE ELEMENTS OF THE HAWAIIAN CULTURE INTO YOUR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION. AubreyHordPhotography/aubreyhord.com CEREMONY Koa wood and ti leaf may be used to bless the wedding rings during the ceremony as both hold great significance in Hawaiian culture. The koa bowl — symbolising strength and dignity — is filled with water. The ti leaf — representing prosperity and cleansing — is then dipped into the bowl and used to trickle water over the rings, blessing them. FEAST After the ceremony, you may consider a traditional sunset banquet called a lū‘au. The main course is cooked slowly in an imu pit and accompanied by fresh fruit, local seafood, salad and specialty dishes. Most lū‘au also offer luscious tropical cocktails. MUSIC Island-influenced jazz, traditional ‘ukelele, dance bands, slack-key guitar and traditional Hawaiian song add a joyous and distinctively Hawaiian element to your festive occasion. DRESS In traditional Hawaiian weddings, both the bride and groom wear white. The groom is also allowed a touch of colour around the waist in the form of a coloured sash. Guests may be invited to dress casually in Aloha-wear such as Hawaiian-print shirts for men and bright floral dresses for women. FLORAL TOUCHES Fragrant garlands are an important part of Hawaiian wedding ritual. The green-leaved maile is the most traditional wedding lei, as it was used by the Hawaiian priests in Old Hawai‘i to bind the hands of the bride and groom, symbolising their commitment to each other. Brides generally wear a lei of strongly- scented pikake (white English jasmine), while grooms wear an open-ended lei made of spicy-scented green maile stems and leaves. A significant symbol of love, the lei is given as part of the ceremony to each member of the bridal party and key family members. HULA As a dance form revered for hundreds of years and renowned as a vehicle for conveying passionate love stories, hula adds an authentically beautiful Hawaiian touch to any reception party. GIFTS Popular wedding party and guest gifts include: koa-wood frames, delicious Kona coffee, Aloha wear, Luahala (hats, wallets and purses woven from leaves of the hala tree), island jewellery, Hawaiian quilting (purses and pillow cases) and gift certificates for traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage. LANGUAGE OF LOVE Consider incorporating Hawaiian language into your ceremony or reception. For example: Igivemylovetoyou—AlohaAkuNo Thank you for celebrating with us — Mahalo nui loa na ho‘olaule‘a me la kaua.
Romance Hawaii Guide 2016