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“Getting Maui'd? A Perfect Location for your Hawaiian Wedding or Honeymoon”photo

Love is in the air with Valentine's day approaching, but nowhere more than on Maui – the perfect place to “get Maui’d” or spend a honeymoon. Stunning sunsets and secluded beach coves provide the most popular backdrops as couples exchange lei (traditionally, pikake for the bride and maile for the groom), to symbolize their eternal love. For some, close friends and family members make the journey to the islands to share in the celebration while others exchange their vows in a private, romantic ceremony. 

The exotic landscape resonates with many who embrace all or part of a traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony with an accompaniment of ukulele music, or the blowing of the conch shell (or pu) to announce the bride’s arrival and call to the earth, sea, air and fire as witnesses.

The bride, wearing a white gown and crown of flowers known as a haku, begins her walk toward her groom where the Kahu (local minister or Hawaiian holy man) performs the ceremony. Before the rings are exchanged, the Kahu dips a koa wood bowl into the sea representing strength and integrity. A ti leaf, representing prosperity and health, is dipped into the water and then sprinkled over the rings three times as a blessing. 

Some couples choose to pour two different colored sands into a single glass container, mixing them to symbolize the two have become one and cannot be separated. The traditional ceremony concludes with a lava rock, wrapped in a ti leaf, left at the ceremony site as an offering. Incorporating these meaningful Hawaiian traditions into your ceremony is a beautiful way to embrace the culture of Hawaii. 

Regardless of the way you choose to do it, Maui, recently voted the best island in the world for the 17th time is the perfect place for couples to say “I do”!  The near-perfect, year-round weather and magnificent scenery make Maui the dream destination for beginning a new life together. 

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