Here are some Hawaiian Wedding Traditions you may want to discuss with your Hawaii Minister or officiant.
The blowing of the conch shell – In Hawaii, the blowing of the conch shell represents the beginning of a significant event. This produces a beautiful sound and is the perfect way to announce that your Hawaii Wedding is beginning.
Chanting – A traditional Hawaiian wedding begins with a welcome chant – The Oli Aloha, which translates to: “Fragrant with the breath of hala and lehua, the lehua scent from the mist. This is my present desire. Your arrival fills me with eagerness. Now that you have come, love comes with you Welcome with Aloha!. " A Hawaiian chanter may also walk the bride down the aisle, while chanting a story of love. Another common time for chanting is during a lei exchange between bride and groom.
Poured Sands – The bride and groom pour multicolored sand (one color for the bride and one color for the groom) into a bottle. While doing this they may recite: “Inseparable we are like the grains of sand united now. The individual is emptied into the sea of love and can no longer be separate but will be forever and always entwined as one.” As the sands that are poured into the bottle cannot be separated back into their original containers, neither the bride or groom can be separated from their love. Some couples add some sand from the beach where they were married as a special memento of their wedding day.
Did you know? - You are not legally required to have witnesses present at your ceremony. Although some wedding planners and officiants will offer to provide you witnesses (for an extra fee), they are not required by Hawaii state law.