Rain + Jason
Orillo + Mitchell
When Two become One
We hope you can join us!
We are so excited to spend the time with all of you!
Mahalo (thank you)
Hawaiian Wedding Customs
Flowers ~ The traditional Hawaiian flower lei, signifies love and respect. They are worn by the bride and groom as well as members of the wedding party. Usually there is a lei exchange between bride and groom at the beginning of the ceremony, along with an explanation of its significance. Like a wedding ring, the lei is an unbroken circle that represents your eternal commitment and devotion to one another. The beauty of each individual flower is not lost when it becomes a part of the lei, but is enhanced because of the strength of its bond. Additionally, the bride often wears a garland of flowers in her hair, rather than a veil.
Attire ~ In traditional Hawaiian weddings, both the bride and groom wear all white, and the groom wears a colored sash around his waist. It is also common these days for the groom and groomsmen to wear aloha shirts with light colored pants; while this is not traditional protocol, it is certainly acceptable and festive island attire. Let’s not lean too far in the vacation-wear direction, though: Ladies, while island style is casual, I recommend waiting at least until the reception gets going to don the coconut bras and grass skirts.
Music ~ The Hawaiian Wedding Song, Ke Kali Nei Au, is usually played during the ceremony, although it would work nicely as the first dance at your reception as well. It was originally written in Hawaiian in1926 by Charles King, and has been translated into English and covered by several artists; most notably Elvis Presley in the movie, Blue Hawaii.
Rings & Rings Blessing ~ Rings & Ring Blessing: Native to the Big Island of Hawaii, the Koa wood and Ti leaf ring blessing has a lovely meaning, and is beautiful in its simplicity. Koa is a treasured and valuable hardwood that represents integrity and strength, which are foundational qualities of a marriage. The Ti leaf represents prosperity, health and blessing of body, mind and spirit. The officiant begins by dipping a Koa wood bowl into a body of water. The leaf is dipped into the bowl, and the water is sprinkled three times over the rings while the following chant is recited: Ei-Ah Eha-No. Ka Malohia Oh-Na-Lani. Mea A-Ku A-Pau, means: May peace from above rest upon you and remain with you now and forever.
Ti Leaf and Lava Rock Ceremony ~This is another significant and beautiful part of the traditional Hawaiian wedding. The lava rock is symbolic of the moment you made a lifetime commitment to one another. It is wrapped in a Ti leaf and left at the ceremony cite as an offering, prayer and blessing which remains steadfast at the place of your marriage, marking the birth of your union, while your rings are a symbol of that commitment that travel with you wherever you go.
Remembering loved ones ~ The Hawaiians contend that when the wind stirs at a wedding, it is the presence of their Ohana (family) who are physically absent but surround you at this moment with their love, support and blessing. This draws attention to the dearly departed with its explanation, and can serve as a pleasant and casual reminder throughout the ceremony. This method is most prudent if you’re having an outdoor ceremony or using a temperamental fan.
Aloha spirit begins from within…. it is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It is the presence of breath.
Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect.
Thank you for wanting to join us in Oahu for our wedding! To make it easy for you, this travel page will cover (hopefully) all your travel questions. Please feel free to reach out to Linda Mitchell (Jay’s Mom) with any other questions. She has secured the group block of rooms at our host hotel and is your source for travel assistance. Here are the details:
Prince Waikiki is central to one of Honolulu’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, Kaka’ako, home to dazzling street art, refreshing craft beer, and inventive cuisine. People travel to Honolulu from across the globe to become fully immerse in our world-famous food scene. We’re just moments away from tranquil Waikiki Beach, the grand Ala Moana Center, and the Hawaii Convention Center, home to the annual Okinawan Festival. We also provide complimentary shuttles to our beautiful Hawaii Prince Golf Club and the world’s largest open-air shopping center in nearby Ala Moana.
A block of rooms has been secured for guests of our wedding.
To secure your room please complete the attached rooms reservation form (click here) or you may book online with the group code XXXXXXXX
The following rooms are at discounted group rate and *** are reserved in a room block for arrival August 07 and departure August 10. Guests may choose to extend their dates to arrive up to 3 nights pre (August 07) and/or 3 nights post (August 10). The pre and post dates are based on availability so if you are extending your stay please book early.
NOTE: If you would like to extend your stay at another hotel or another island please contact Linda to assist.
$000.00 – ***Ocean View
$000.00 – ***Ocean Front Harbor
$000.00 – Ocean View one bedroom suite – master bedroom and living room with 2 full bathrooms – not in room block, based on availability
$000.00 – Ocean Front one bedroom suite – Master bedroom, living room with dining area – not in room block, based on availability
$000.00 – Ocean Front two bedroom suite – Master bedroom, living room with dining area – not in room block, based on availability.
Location – 19 minutes from HNL – Honolulu International Airport
HNL – Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Honolulu
The airport has beautiful outside walkways! There are retail and food services inside the terminal once you pass through TSA. Please arrive at airport 90 minutes prior to flight. If you did not have a chance to get memory items to take home or gifts from this gorgeous state, shopping is fun and plentiful, so leave time and room in your carryon!
Hawaiian Airlines, the official airline of Hawaii flies non stop from Boston, JFK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland OR, Phoenix. Other airports may have connections with Hawaiian Airlines and as well non stop and connecting flights with all major carriers. Please email Linda with any questions.
TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT
On Departure: Agricultural Inspection – All baggage bound from Hawaii to the U. S. Mainland is subject to pre-flight inspection by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Restrictions on the movement of fruits, plants, live snails, and other items from Hawaii to the Mainland are enforced to prevent the spread of fruit flies and other hazardous plant insects and diseases.
Please report all agricultural items in your possession to the agricultural inspectors. Inspection stations for check-in baggage are located in front of the airline check-in counters while hand carried articles will be inspected at the security check points.
Be prepared to open and close your baggage and parcels for x-ray machine inspection.