Hawaiian Wedding Traditions

Hawaiian Weddings are unique to other weddings because of the traditions they keep. Here is a quick guide to some traditional Hawaiian wedding customs that you can incorporate into your Hawaii wedding that will lend meaning and originality to your ceremony:

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The traditional Hawaiian flower lei signifies love and respect. The bride and the groom as well as members of the wedding party wear the flowered leis. There is usually a lei exchange between the bride and the groom at the beginning of the ceremony, along with an explanation of its significance. The lei is an unbroken circle that represents your eternal commitment and devotion to one another.

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In traditional Hawaiian weddings, both the bride and groom wear all white, and the groom wears a colored sash around his waist. Now days it is more common for the groom and groomsmen to wear aloha shirts with light colored pants. Really, it’s up to you, but make sure you feel comfortable, this is most important.  Most beach weddings are done barefoot.  After all, walking on the sand can be tough in heels!

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Rings and Rings Blessings

In Hawaiian weddings it is common for there to be a time for a blessing of the rings. This is when the officiant begins by dipping a Koa wood bowl into a body of water. A Ti leaf is dipped into the bowl and the water is sprinkled three times over the rings while the following chant is recited: “Ei-Ah Eha-No. Ka Malohia Oh-Na-Lani. Mea A-Ku A-Pau,” which means: “May peace from above rest upon you and remain with you now and forever.”

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The Hawaiian Wedding Song, Ke Kali Nei Au, is usually played during the ceremony. It was originally written in Hawaiian in 1926 by Charles King, and has been translated into English and covered by several artists; most notably by Elvis Presley in the movie, Blue Hawaii.  However, these days we rarely hear the Hawaiian Wedding Song and instead more often get requests for more modern songs which are sung acoustically and accompanied by ukulele.


Whatever tradition you choose to incorporate into your wedding, it is sure to make it that much more special! Consider incorporating some traditional customs with some more personalized modern ones.  It’s your Hawaii Wedding ~ make it special!

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Hope you are having a Happy Aloha Monday!


Nicole & Marielle
Best Day Ever Hawaii

Hawaii’s Favorite Wedding Planner!

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