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The phrase Maui no ka oi means "Maui is the best " in the Hawaiian language.

Maui No Ka Oi relates to the relaxed culture, art, dining, environmental issues, current events, recreational activities, and local businesses that are part of Maui County. There is even a Maui no ka oi magazine which is marketed at newsstands across the United States and by subscription, and is distributed as an in-room amenity in many resorts.

The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles (1,883 km2) and is the 17th largest island in the United States. Maui is part of the State of Hawaii and is the largest of Maui County's four islands, bigger than Moloka`i, Lana`i, and unpopulated Kaho`olawe. In 2010, Maui had a population of 144,444, third-highest of the Hawaiian Islands, behind that of O`ahu and Hawai`i Island. Kahului is the largest census-designated place on the island with a population of 26,337 as of 2010 and is the commercial and financial hub of the island.Wailuku is the seat of Maui County and is the third-largest city as of 2010. Other significant places include Kihei (including Wailea and Makena in the Kihei Town, which is the second-most-populated in Maui), Lahaina (including Ka`anapali and Kapalua in the Lahaina Town), Makawao, Pa`ia, Kula, Ha`iku, and Hana.

The "Hawaiian Wedding Song " is the most popular song performed at weddings in Hawaii.

The "Hawaiian Wedding Song" is a 1926 love song written by Charles E. King for his operetta, Prince of Hawaii. It was originally entitled "Ke Kali Nei Au" - Hawaiian for "Waiting Here for You". In 1958, Al Hoffman and Dick Manning translated the original Hawaiian words into English, christening the song as the "Hawaiian Wedding Song".

The biggest hit version of the song in the United States, recorded by Andy Williams and released as a single in 1959, went to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #27 on the R&B chart. On the UK Singles Chart, the biggest hit version was Julie Rogers' 1965 single, which went to #31. Elvis Presley sang another version of the song in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii. In 1964, Hong Kong female singer Kong Ling covered the song on her LP album This World We Live In with Diamond Records.

The Hawaiian Elopement - To elope, most literally, means to run away
and to not come back to the point of origin. More colloquially, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one"s beloved with the intention of getting married.

Today the term "elopement" is colloquially used for any marriage performed in haste, with a limited public engagement period or without a public engagement period. Some couples elope because they wish to avoid objections from parents, or religious obligations.

Hawaii is Paradise. Paradise is a lost 1926 silent escapist-romance directed by Irvin Willat and released by First National Pictures. The film stars Milton Sills and Betty Bronson. Based on a popular novel, Paradise, by Cosmo Hamilton and John Russell. One of Sills most successful films.

The Hawaii Wedding. A wedding is a ceremony where two people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.

Ho`oponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is a cultural practice of reconciliation and forgiveness, usually combined with prayer.
Similar forgiveness practices were performed on islands throughout the South Pacific, including Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. It is used in spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical healing practices. Traditional Hawaiian philosophy does not consider the physical and non-physical aspects of the world to be separate, therefore, to heal one aspect, all must be healed. Conversely, healing one will help to heal the rest. For example, if a person has an upset stomach, healing anger toward a sibling may also help to heal the stomach. Modern versions of ho`oponopono may also contain elements of Christian belief and ritual. A session of ho`oponopono is generally guided by a kahuna (traditional priest or healer), kahu (minister), kumu (traditional teacher), or family elder. Sometimes individuals will conduct ho`oponopono on themselves alone.