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12 ROMANCE HAWAI‘I The Hawaiian Islands ALOHA BLESS YOUR DAY WITH THE SPIRIT OF TOP 8 HAWAIIAN TOUCHES Hawai‘i Gold (protea) and a variety of orchids add an elegant Hawaiian touch to a reception at Hawaii Island Retreat (hawaiiislandretreat.com). Hawaiian culture is rich in tradition, spirituality and ritual, and is underpinned by the Spirit of Aloha - a philosophy and a way of living that embodies a deep reverence for others and the natural environment. Aloha is also an important word in the Hawaiian language, meaning 'love', 'a ection' and 'compassion', in addition to 'hello' and 'goodbye'. You may wish to enhance your special day by incorporating distinctive elements of the Hawaiian culture into your ceremony. Here are a few suggestions: 1 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 oral dresses for women. 2 FLORAL TOUCHES In Hawai'i, the placing of a lei around a person's shoulders or over their head exempli es the bestowing of honour and respect, and also the Spirit of Aloha. Fragrant ower garlands are a special part of Hawaiian wedding ritual. The maile is the most traditional wedding lei, as it was used by the Kahuna (Hawaiian priest) 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. 3 CEREMONY Koa wood and ti leaf may be used to bless the wedding rings during the ceremony as both hold great signi cance. The koa bowl - symbolising strength and dignity -- is lled 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. 4 FEAST After the ceremony, you may consider a traditional reception banquet called a lū'au. The main course is usually succulent roast pork cooked slowly in an imu pit. Accompanying dishes include fresh fruit, local seafood, salad, long rice and sweet potato. Most lū'aus also o er luscious tropical cocktails. Tradition dictates that lū'aus are held at sunset, with many located on beautiful beachfront estates. 5 MUSIC Music is an integral part of any Hawaiian celebration, and island-in uenced jazz combos, traditional 'ukelele, dance bands, slack-key guitar and Hawaiian song add a fun, joyous and distinctively Hawaiian element to your festive occasion. 'The Hawaiian Wedding Song', Ke Kali Nei Au, is a popular choice. Originally written in 1926, the song has been covered by several artists, most notably Elvis Presley in the movie 'Blue Hawaii'. 6 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. 7 GIFTS Popular wedding party and guest gifts include: beautiful koa-wood frames, delicious macadamia nuts, high-quality Kona co ee, distinctive and fun Aloha wear, treasured Luahala (hats, wallets and purses skilfully woven from leaves of the hala tree), unique island jewellery, world-renowned Hawaiian quilting (purses, placemats and pillow cases), Hawaiian music CDs, ne local artworks and craft, and gift certi cates for traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage. 8 LANGUAGE OF LOVE Consider incorporating Hawaiian language into your ceremony or reception. For example: Igivemylovetoyou-AlohaAkuNo May our love last forever - E Hoomau Maua Kealoha Thank you for celebrating with us - Mahalo nui loa na ho'olaule'a me la kaua.
Romance Hawaii Guide 2015
Romance Hawaii Guide