Blowing of the pu. (conch)
O ke aloha ke kuleana o kahi malahini. “Love is the host in this land.”
He pilikani kakaou apau ma Hawaii nei. “Here in Hawaii we are all family.”
Aloha komo mai. “Welcome with love.”
We have come together here this day ________________ to share with you ______ and ______ a most important moment in your lives, that
moment in which you publicly declare your desire to share your lives, one with the other. In truth, no person or agency has the right or the power
to unite you, as this act took place when your hearts came together and you decided to be in a committed and loving relationship.
We, therefore have the honor to witness that which has already taken place in spirit, now being declared in the physical. ______ and ______,
you have come to this beautiful island and presented yourselves before these witnesses and all that we call Divine to be joined in matrimony.
A lei is given in a spirit of thankfulness. Each blossom is picked from the Earth, then strung one by one so each will shine at its most brilliant. It
is a symbol of beauty, made with care and given with love.
A lei is a circle of beauty, without beginning, without end.
A lei encircles the head and touches the heart.
A lei delights the senses and inspires wonder.
A lei is as fragile as today, as enduring as memory.
A lei is a Divine expression of the universe, fashioned by human hands.
In ancient Hawaii, when two people exchanged lei, they came together, touched noses and foreheads and took a deep breath. This was called
honi. And the reason they did this was to share the breath of God, Aloha. Aloha literally means the breath of God: Alo, meaning the Spirit
radiating through the universe, and Ha, being the breath. Aloha, breath of God. Now, as you present these lei to each other, first place the lei
over the head, then come in a touch noses and foreheads and take a deep breath. And know that right here right now you are in the Divine
presence. May the attributes of these lei forever inspire your lives. They were offered in the spirit of Aloha.
On any island, like here in Maui, water has miraculous power or Mana. Fresh water is seen as the symbol of life and the sharing of water is
symbolic of the blending and sharing of two lives together. In ancient Hawaii water was used in all sacred ceremonies.
Aumakua, ke akua, aloha and mahalo. “Higher Self, Dear God, we give love and thanks.” E ho’omaikai I ka wai keia. “Blessed be this water.
As you each take a wooden cup filled with water, I will step away giving you a private moment. And I ask you to share what is on your heart right
now with each other. Indicate when you are ready for me to return.
Now blend the water together by pouring it from cup to cup, this symbolizes the blending of your lives. When you are ready you can pour the
water from your bowls into my bowl as you are now blending your lives together to become one.
Please place the palms of your hands facing up to the lani (heavens) and then stack them one on top of the other until they are stacked as one.
Here take a moment to release anything you are ready to let go of. This can be old fears, any assumptions, or any negative thoughts or feelings.
At this time you may choose to forgive any grievances whether they are with yourselves or with others. However, you must not forget your past,
as it is what made you who you are, and what brought you both together at this moment in time. Water is the great purifier. So I will now I will
pour the water over your hands, washing away negative non life-giving energy.
I now hold the bowl that contains the water that symbolizes your pure unconditional love and your future. When you are ready, take this bowl and
slowly pour the water into the sand, releasing it to the earth. The water ceremony for the blending and sharing of two lives is complete.
To the Bride and the Groom
There are no human ties so sweet and tender as those you are about to assume. There are no vows so solemn as those you are about to make.
And no institution on Earth is as sacred as the home you will share together. True marriage is the holiest of all earthly unions. It is to be entered
into reverently, thoughtfully, with full understanding of its sacredness.
And, marriage to be complete must first be spiritual; an inner state of conscious unity in thought and purpose, in plan and action, brings an outer
state that corresponds with it. This allows the outer to be like the inner--both peaceful and harmonious.
On this day of your marriage you stand somewhat apart from all other human beings, for you stand within the charmed circle of your love for each
other. This love is not your possession. It is a source of common energy that flows freely through each of you and gives you the courage to live
your lives more fully.
You stand before me now in the true spirit of Aloha. Aloha recognizes a bonding of all people and expresses that bonding with love, affection,
compassion and kindness. Aloha acknowledges the value and worth of all people. For your desire to integrate the spirit of Aloha within the
framework of a meaningful life together, you deserve great respect. You also deserve to experience love that will continue to bring you joy and
make both of you better people; a love that will give you the strength to face the responsibilities of married life, for which there are many.
And, you also deserve a home, but not just a place like you have now made of stone or wood. Rather, allow your home to be like an island, a
sanctuary of serenity, where the values of your lives are generated and upheld. So that finally, when you come to the end of your lives together
here on Earth, I know you will be able to say these two things to each other: Because you have loved me, I have faith in myself, and because I
have seen the good in you, I have faith in all humanity.
The state of matrimony is true marriage when based upon a deep spiritual communion of two souls who find satisfaction in each other. Do you
Marriage is composed of two separate beings, each of them different, seeking life’s fulfillment together. Today, as husband and wife, you open
the doors to the endless possibilities to your future, and to the opportunity to love as you have never loved before. Will you______ and ______
bring to this new life, each for the sake of the other, the very best that you have?
Invitation to Commitment
Please face each other and join your right hands.
______ do you take _____ whose hand you hold, choosing her alone to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honor her at all times, and
forgetting all others remain faithful to her alone?
(Repeat for the bride using husband/him.)
Exchange of Vows
______ please repeat after me.
I, ______ take you ______...to be my wife…to love and to cherish…from this day forward…and thereto…I pledge you my faith.
(Repeat for the bride using husband/him.)
Hawaiian Ring Blessing and Exchange
(Rings are placed in a small wood bowl, bride holds the bowl while the groom holds a conch shell filled with water. Rev. Gary blesses rings
dipping three ti leaves in the water and tapping the rings three times.)
Your rings by their very shape are symbols of eternal unity without beginning or end. They are the emblem of the love that exists between you and
characterize your devotion to one another. Let them always remind you of the commitments you make today.
______ this ring is a symbol of the unbroken unity of married life. As such, you will place it on ______’s finger after repeating the following
I give you this ring…with all of my heart…let it always be to us…a symbol of our love…as a token of our faithfulness…each to the other…I place it
now upon your hand.
(Repeat for the bride.)
Hawaiian Blessing Chant
'E hu ma ka 'ike mai luna mai 'e (Grant me the knowledge from above.)
O na mea huna no'eau o na mele 'e (Of the secrets of wisdom, of the song and chant.)
'E ho mai (Let it come, let it flow.)
'E ho mai (Let it come, let it flow.)
'E ho mai 'e (Let it come, let it flow.)
Pronouncement of Marriage
Having joined your hearts with the expression of your love, having promised each other all the joy of your days; by the authority vested in me by
the state of Hawaii, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce that you are now Husband and Wife.
You may seal your covenant with a kiss.
Hawaiian Blessing and Introduction of the Couple
No keia la, no keia po, a mau loa. “From this day, from this night, forever more.” Aloha 'e, Aloha 'e, Aloha 'e
Now, I am honored to announce for the first time as husband and wife,______________________________.
Hawaiian Ceremony, Reverend Gary Canier
P.O. Box 1493, Kihei, HI 96753 ● Telephone: 808-283-0539 ● email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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