Reverend Corey “Kamuela” Rodrigues
~Opening with the Blowing of the Pu Followed by Hawaiian chant~
Groom & Bride, for our people here in Hawaii the flower lei is a symbol of things that are fragile and temporal. A flower lei will only last for a day or two and then it is gone. Our lives are like the flower leis, within a span of eternity we’re only here for a brief moment. Live with tender consideration for each other. Love one another and your marriage will last. May the lei you now offer to each other be recognized of your love for each other.
We are here to celebrate your marriage. You have chosen this day to affirm your love for each other with spoken words, with prayer and with the sharing of symbols.
Marriage is a commitment to life… to the best that two people can find and bring out of each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth; no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.
Within the circle of it’s love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationship’s. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher and listener. There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing; the love of the other brings healing and steadfastness of a sturdy foundation that allows the marriage covenant to be established.
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger.
Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid,
and yet, it encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life.
When two people pledge to love and care for each other, in marriage; they seem to create a spirit unique unto themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written word. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love each other, and this will take a lifetime to fulfill.
~To be United~
There was a seeking of the lost, now it is found. A mate is found. One to share the chills of winter. Love has made a plea that you two become united. Here in beautiful_____ is a perch, a perch in heaven. You two are now to become one, for the day is here at last. You are to be wedded and the prayer has gone it’s way.
~The Aloha Spirit~
We gather today in the spirit of love, the spirit we know intimately in these islands as the “Spirit of Aloha”. It is the spirit that brought you two together, Groom & Bride and everyone who is to rejoice and celebrate this new and exciting moment in your life’s journey. We embrace now this moment to the wonder of creation surrounding us.
**Hawaiian Chant “Mapu Ka Hanu “Light of the union for two”
~Passage Reading~ (if pertinent)
This day we meet by the flowing waters as the two of you become one. By the border of this constant and unlimited force and like theses waters, may your love be limitlessly flowing and ever changing. May your love touch and enrich all those whom you come in contact, just like these waters touching and nourishing the many shores of the earth.
~Exchange of Vows~
Groom: Marriage in our society has come to mean that a man will love, respect and cherish his wife. That he will make his wife the closest companion in his life. That he will reserve this intimate association for her and her alone. That he will give his strength and wisdom to the support and comfort of his wife. Do you commit yourself to Bride wholeheartedly in this way? Groom responds I do
Bride: It is our belief that marriage will involve a woman in the same kind of commitment. A commitment of companionship, respect and love. A commitment of mutual support in the establishment of caring for your home where love will dwell infinitely. A commitment which makes it plain that while you have other friends and associates, Groom will be your closest associate. Do you commit yourself to Groom wholeheartedly in this way? Bride responds I do
Marriage is a covenant and it is a commitment that you make with each other as individuals. It is a commitment that you make with your families and friends. So, Groom & Bride, I know you understand that you are making one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life. It is a commitment which will not only make you husband and wife, but, life long partners. There will be times when you may wonder how love can endure. Through these times let your love for each other flow, and in that love, you will find strength. Remember the simplicity of this day, the beauty of Maui here in ______, and those of us who have gathered here to be with you.
Now, Groom & Bride, I ask you both to affirm your willingness to enter this covenant of marriage.
Groom, do you wish for Bride to be your lawful wedded wife? Groom responds I do
Bride, do you wish for Groom to be your lawful wedded husband? Bride responds I do
**Hawaiian Wedding song & Hula (if applicable)**
~Exchange of Rings~
Groom & Bride, though small in size, these rings are very large in significance and made of precious metal. As you wear these rings, whether together or apart for a moment, may they be constant reminder of these glad promises you are making today.
Groom & Bride, as you place this ring on Bride’s & Groom’s finger, please repeat after me. With this ring I promise to grow with you, to build our love, and to speak openly. To love and cherish you for all the days ahead from this day forward.
“A Ka Pu’uwai” By: Rev. Kamuela & Mahailani Rodrigues (if applicable)
“E Hoapili Kaua A Ka Pu’uwai
Mai Loko Mai E Wahi Kapu
Ke Po’o Nui O Ka Haku
Me Ke Aloha Nui Waiola Kulike Ke Kukuna O Ka La
Maliu Mai Ke Kaukeha A Holo Wai
E Ko Makua Lani Ho’o La’I La’I Me Ka Pomaika’I Ke Ia Male’ana
E Like Ke Kukuona O Ka La Me Ka Pau’ole
E Ho’opomaika’I E Oe Ame Kau Hiwa One
E Ala E Ho’oulu , Amene”
~Closing Marriage Creed~
Be a friend and partner, friendship can be a peaceful island separate and apart in a world of turmoil and strife. Reflect upon the tranquility of the many future years you can share as true friends. Be open to each other as the budding rose opens to reveal it’s fragrance and beauty.
Give each other approval, compliments, encouragement, nurturing and confidence. Love one another. Love is your river, your eternal source of recreating your selves. Above all else, Groom & Bride, love one another.
~Pronouncement of Marriage~
With the blessing of everyone who is present here today and under the authority vested in me by the state of Hawaii, I now pronounce you both husband and wife. HONI KA WAHA! Groom you may kiss your bride, sir.
Whom god has joined together, let no man put asunder…..
~Blowing of the Conch ~
ALOHA E!!! ALOHA MAI!!! ALOHA AKU!!!