I had the opportunity to be part of a heart felt wedding in Hawaii with the fun loving couple, Chelsea and Derrell. I spent 5 days with them as a new friend and wedding photographer. I had a blast getting to know family and friends, and documenting all the parties and joy. While I am not usually one to post too much verbiage with photo posts, I felt this one needed the extra details. I wanted to share some Hawaiian culture with you.
1. HULA: the hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the oli (chant) or mele (song) in a visual dance form.
2. LEIS: The exchange of leis at your wedding is your “Aloha”, or Love, to that person. When a wedding couple exchange leis with each other at their wedding, they are exchanging their love for one another, it is akin to the exchanging of rings.
It is also appropriate to exchange the leis with your guests at your wedding ceremony. You (each of you) presenting your family & friends with leis is your “Aloha” to them for coming to your wedding. Hawaiian people would greet strangers with flower leis as a sign of “Aloha” and welcome and sharing. The Lei is not a tourist thing, it is a very spiritual Hawaiian gesture which shows respect and love, but most of all “Aloha”.
4. ALOHA: In quoting Kawika Sands, aloha is broken down into an A.L.O.H.A. acronym as follows:
- A: “Akahai”, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
- L: ”Lokahi”, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
- O: “Oluolu”, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
- H: “Haahaa”, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
- A: “Ahonui”, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
alo-1. sharing 2. in the present
oha- joyous affection, joy
ha-life energy, life, breath
Using Hawaiian language grammatical rules, we will translate this literally as “The joyful sharing of life energy in the present” or simply “Joyfully sharing life”.
Mahalo and thank you for viewing this gorgeous, and fun wedding!