Laki

Maui Wedding minister Rev. Laki Pomaikai Kaahumanu is the great, great grandson of Queen Kaahumanu, favorite wife of King Kamehameha the first, who was the first to unite the islands of hawaii under one kingdom.  Rev. Laki’s Hawaiian heritage and spirit of aloha is unsurpassed. His church and Maui wedding minister services are filled with his wonderful Hawaiian spirit, history and legacy, but these services also support his wonderful work in our community, to help those who need it most.

WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE

THAT ON THIS DAY YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO AFFIRM YOUR LOVE FOR EACH

OTHER WITH SPOKEN WORDS, AND WITH THE SHARING OF SYMBOLS.

(VERSE BY THE SEA):

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, A PHYSICAL AS WELL AS AN

EMOTIONAL JOINING THAT IS PROMISED FOR A LIFETIME.

WITHIN THE CIRCLE OF ITS LOVE, MARRIAGE ENCOMPASSES MANY

OF LIFE’S MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS. A WIFE AND A HUSBAND

ARE EACH OTHER’S BEST FRIEND, CONFIDANT, LOVER, TEACHER AND

LISTENER. THERE MAY COME TIMES WHEN ONE PARTNER MAYBE

HEARTBROKEN OR AILING AND THE LOVE OF THE OTHER BRINGS

HEALING AND A STEDFASTNESS OF A SOLID 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 THAT

HAPPEN IN LIFE, 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 HAVE CREATED A SPIRIT UNIQUE

TO THEMSELVES, WHICH BINDS THEM CLOSER THAN ANY SPOKEN OR

WRITTEN WORDS. FOR 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.

(ALOHA TO YOU BOTH, WELCOME TO LAHAINA)

(THE SHARING OF LEIS):

FOR THOSE OF US WHO CALL HAWAII HOME, THE FLOWER LEI IS A

SYMBOL OF LOVE; IT IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF THINGS THAT ARE FRAGILE

AND TEMPORAL. FOR A FLOWER LEI WILL LAST FOR ONLY A DAY OR TWO,

AND THEN IT IS GONE. OUR LIVES ARE LIKE THE LEI; WITHIN THE SPAN

OF ETERNITY. THEREFORE LIVE WITH TENDER CONSIDERATION FOR

EACH OTHER; CONTINUE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND YOUR MARRIAGE

WILL LAST. MAY THE LEIS YOU NOW OFFER EACH OTHER BE

RECOGNIZED FOR THE EARNEST OF YOUR LOVE THAT YOU HAVE FOR

ONE ANOTHER.

(THE HAWAIIANS HAVE A TRADITIONAL SAYING; HONI KA WA’HA;

KISS HER/HIM ON THE MOUTH).

NOW THERE IS A SERIOUSNESS; TO YOUR WILLINGNESS TO ENTER

INTO THIS COVENANT, OF MARRIAGE:

DO YOU TAKE  TO BE YOUR WIFE? IF SO PLEASE SAY

“I DO.”

DO YOU TAKE  TO BE YOUR HUSBAND? IF SO

PLEASE SAY “I DO.”

DO YOU PROMISE TO LET YOUR LOVE FOR EACH

OTHER GROW; AS IT WILL; AS IT MUST; SO THAT IN THE YEARS TO COME

YOU WILL RENEW YOUR ACCEPTANCE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND;

YOUR TRUST OF ONE ANOTHER. IF SO PLEASE SAY “WE PROMISE.”

(MARRIAGE VOWS, BRIDE AND GROOM TO REPEAT AFTER

MINISTER):

I  TAKE YOU  TO BE MY WIFE. I PROMISE TO LOVE

YOU; ONLY YOU, AND CHERISH YOU. I WILL BE A COMPANION TO YOU I

WILL SHARE MY STRENGTHS, AND MY ACHEIVEMENTS. I PROMISE TO

RESPECT YOU, AND BE A FRIEND TO YOU. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH FOR AS LONG

AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE

I  TAKE YOU  TO BE MY HUSBAND. I PROMISE TO

LOVE YOU; ONLY YOU, AND CHERISH YOU. I WILL BE A COMPANION TO

YOU I WILL SHARE MY STRENGTHS, AND MY ACHEIVEMENTS I PROMISE

TO RESPECT YOU, AND BE A FRIEND TO YOU FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH FOR AS LONG

AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE

RING CEREMONY:

THE WEDDING RINGS ARE A SYMBOL OF LONGEVITY; IN THE

MARRIAGE COVENANT. THE CIRCLE OF THE RING SYMBOLIZES A NEVER

ENDING CIRCLE OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT, THAT YOU ARE MAKING.

ALWAYS SEE THE BEST IN EACH OTHER, AND EACH DAY THAT YOU ARE

TOGETHER; WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BEAUTY OF THESE RINGS,

REMEMBER THE LOVE THAT YOU HAVE FOR ONE ANOTHER; IT’S

FOREVER.

REPEAT AFTER ME YOUR RING CEREMONY:

I GIVE YOU THIS RING

AS A SIGN OF MY LOVE

I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU; TO BE YOUR HUSBAND.

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD;

YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE!

I FEEL SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU, AS MY WIFE.

ALL THAT I HAVE AND ALL THAT I HAVE SAID

I SEAL IT WITH THIS RING.

REPEAT AFTER ME YOUR RING CEREMONY:

I GIVE YOU THIS RING;

AS A SIGN OF MY LOVE

I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU; TO BE YOUR WIFE.

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD;

YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE!

I FEEL SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU, AS MY HUSBAND.

ALL THAT I HAVE AND ALL THAT I HAVE SAID

I SEAL IT WITH THIS RING.

(PRONOUNCEMENT):

WE HAVE BEEN WITNESSES TO THIS VERY SPECIAL DAY.

THEREFORE I AND THOSE OF US THAT ARE HERE WITH YOU HAVE

RECOGNIZED THAT YOU HAVE BECOME HUSBAND AND WIFE.

THEREFORE, WE AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILIES AND YOUR FRIENDS SHALL

HONOR YOU AS THE SAME FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.

(PRAYER OF BLESSINGS IN HAWAIIAN, AND THEN INTERPRETATION):

IMAU AKU KALOKO MAI KA’I O KE AKUA A MEKALAUNA PUANA O

KA’UHANE HEMOLELE ME KA KO APA’U.

MAY THE LORD GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU. MAY GOD’S FACE

SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS UNTO YOU; AND MAY GOD LIFT UP

HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU BOTH AND GIVE YOU PEACE; BOTH NOW

AND FOREVER MORE; AMENE.

(BENEDICTION):

REMEMBER THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY HERE AT

LAHAINA WITH JOY AND WITH THANKSGIVING, AND MAY YOU LOVE TO

LIVE; AND LIVE TO LOVE!

NOW THEREFORE, BY THE AUTHORITY THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN

UNTO ME BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF HAWAII; I NOW PRONOUNCE,

THAT YOU ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE. THEREFORE, (HONI KA WA’HA) YOU

MAY KISS YOUR BRIDE!