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A Hawaiian Wedding and Vacation
Dedicated to Our Families
Submitted by Mr
It finally happened. On January 1, 2000, I proposed to Anna at the exact spot where we had ended our first date with a good night kiss. We had come full-circle and realized that after eight years of being in a relationship together, words like "love" and "support" could be used honestly and without a rolling of the eyes.
Being quiet artistic people (Anna is a Graphic Designer while I am a Painter), we both agreed that what we wanted was a small wedding celebration with our immediate families in attendance. The location had to be perfect, and the first and only spot that we considered was a small country church in the Kipahulu section of Maui, Hawaii.
In 1996, when we first visited the island, our Fodor's guidebook had declared "in this place of almost-mesmerizing tranquillity, the most peaceful, serene spot touched by man must be Palapala Ho'omau Congregational Church." This sacred spot by the sea is also where Charles A. Lindbergh's final resting place is located. Spurred on by the beautiful descriptions, we found the historic church that day as well as what the Hawaiians call the true spirit of aloha. We knew that we would be back one day. Now with our wedding in mind, Hawaii called to us once more...and we answered.
Although they would number less than twenty, our guests would be flying long distances to Maui from different parts of the Mainland. We wanted to make their week-long stay not only an obligation, but a vacation as well. We were up for quite a challenge, and so we started our preparations more than a year in advance. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Maui is home to great beaches, Haleakala National Park, the historic seaport town of Lahaina and the much revered Road to Hana.
On May 22, 2001, our small families drove the beloved famed road to join us in our wedding celebration. They listened as the Hawaiian musician serenaded us with Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love". They laughed and cried as Anna and I exchanged our personal vows. They tossed fragrant plumeria blossoms at the new bride and groom upon our exit from the church.
After a final celebration at the Old Lahaina Luau that evening, Anna and I were ready for our official honeymoon on the neighboring island of Kauai. The Maui wedding and family vacation was a successful event enjoyed by everyone.
Even now, a year after our wedding, our guests still talk of the beauty and romance of our ceremony and of Hawaii.
Having been touched by the Hawaiian islands, we now eagerly look forward to our next visit. The classic songs were right...until we meet again, aloha!