Hawaiian Wedding Vows , Poems, Chants and Songs
Hawaiian Wedding Vows Poems and Blessings
Unions of the heart
The sweet echoing sounds of the ukulele serve to welcome guests as they reach the traditional Hawaiian wedding. After the majority of them have taken their seats, the wedding officiant, usually a Kahuna Pule a.k.a. Kahu (Hawaiian minister) adorned with a flashy, leaf haku lei (head garland) recites a mele (chant), popularly Oli Aloha, as he escorts the groom to the forefront of the proceeding. The translation of this chant is:
Reverent Paul Agung blow the Hawaiian conch shell before for each ceremony he perform
its symbolizing is to call forth love that is present in all things
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This is the sight for which you have longed.
Now that you have come,
Love has come with you.
There was a seeking of a loved one,
Now she is found—A mate is found
Someone with whom to share the chills of your winters
And the warmth of your summers.
Love has made a plea that you are to become united here in Hawaii.
Hawaii is a perch—a perch in the Heavens.
You two are now to become one for the day is here at last:
You are to be wed!
Next to come down the aisle are the mothers of the bride and groom with their escorts followed by the bridal party.
The ceremony continues with the Kahu blowing the Pu (conch shell) in all directions representing the repelling of antagonistic spirits and the calling forth of that which is harmonious, spiritual, sacred, and enduring.
Like a flute of the angels, the Pu reverberates through both breeze and wind
Summoning Laka, the Goddess of Love!
Furthermore, the sound of the Pu, which is audible for miles, informs the elemental powers to be witnesses to the emergence of the bride:
O Earth, Wind, Fire, and Sea behold this divine festivity!
Often to the recitation of another chant by a Hawaiian chanter, the bride walks down the aisle alone. She and the groom alike are arrayed in white—he with a red sash around his waist and she frequently with a white haku lei as opposed to a veil. Once they are both at the head of the ceremony, the Kahu might say some words of assemblage like:
We gather here today to witness and celebrate the matrimonial commitment of Mary and John.
Not taken lightly is their pledge to accept one another
As lover, companion, and friend.
This union represents the fusion of two souls as one
And is intended never to be undone!
Although sometimes saved for other parts of the ceremony, the Kahu then performs yet another chant or says some appropriate words as the soon to be wed couple exchange leis (garland necklaces). On occasion, the bride and groom proceed down the aisle wearing each other’s lei and then present the correct one shortly thereafter. At other times, the bride’s lei for the groom is kept secure by the maid of honor, and the groom’s lei for the bride by the best man, or the flower girl may be the keeper of both leis until the appointed time to hand them over to the wedding couple for exchange. However, the Kahu frequently takes charge of the leis and presents them to the bride and groom at the commencement of the ceremony. As they upon one another bestow their lei, they might say:
Aloha, Accept and wear this lei as a symbol of my love for you this day
(followed by a kiss on the cheek), Honi honi
The standard for grooms is either a ti leaf or maile leaf lei. Sometimes, to add color, it is interwoven with fresh flowers such as tuberose or orchids of various colors. Characteristic of bridal leis are those made from pink and white pikate, white ginger flowers, white orchids, or white rosebuds. These different bridal flowers may also be interwoven in an imaginative design.
Alternative points in the ceremony for the interchange of the leis are as part of the pledge or part of the ring exchange. However, should they be presented at the opening of the wedding, the Kahu might next use a maile leaf lei to tie lightly the hands of the bride and groom while reciting
Hand-in-hand may the two of you withstand
Whatever life brings that is unplanned.
And regardless to what others do or say,
Hand-in-hand may you always stay.
In this instance, the couple’s hands will remain tied while the Kahu guides them through the vow recital, which if secular (non-religious), might sound something like this:
The Minister also known as Kahu Mahalani watches as the couple finishes their sand union ceremony
John/Mary do you receive Mary/John) as your lawful marriage partner.
In health and sickness,
In laughter and tears,
In times of strength and times of fears?
Do you vow never to be discouraging
Rather protecting, inspiring, and encouraging?
Do you pledge to never deliberately act out of place
Or bring upon her/him disgrace?
Do you promise to always be faithful and true,
And to cherish each other as very best friend
From this moment until your lives shall end?
John/Mary respectively respond: I do.
Should the lei necklace exchange occur after the vows, the Kahu might say:
These leis are the representation of the love for one another that you bear.
Let them dry in the air
that you may always remember the precious harmony that you now share.
Following the vows and the previous alternative bestowal of the leis is the ring exchange: The bride and groom might each repeat after the Kahu something like:
With this ring I confirm our union.
Accept it with all my heart and soul.
As we grow old and gray,
May it remind us of this wondrous day.
Adding a fire ceremony into your Hawaiian beach wedding
Should the lei solemnity follow that of the ring, the Kahu will introduce it with some words like:
As you gift one another with the lei,
Be mindful that it like the ring is a token
of sentiments of Aloha too deep to be spoken..
Next, the Kahu might proclaim:
By the power vested in me by the state of Hawaii, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
Go forth joyfully to love and serve one another and humanity!
The Kahu then blows the Pu one last time to mark the end of the ceremony.
Before or after proceeding to the reception, the Kahu completes the marriage license and later files it with the state. Within 60-120 days following the filing, a state certified marriage certificate is mailed to the newlyweds.
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