Tuesday morning started off with a wonderful Vow Renewal. The beaches there at Waikiki are supposed to be “spiritual”. You have Earth, Water & Sky all in one place. The waters are supposed to be healing.
Our hotel, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, along with Outrigger Reef do vow renewal ceremonies for guests. Hubby and I decided we were going to participate since this was our 1 Year Anniversary Trip.
I’ve compiled the photos into a slide show as a different way to view them. And for those of you around here last year, you may remember this song. This was the song we played in our wedding with our “us” slideshow.
The ceremony was performed in Hawaiian and it was a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. The Hawaiian Kiss is head to head, nose to nose, stand there breathing each other in, not our traditional kiss but it works! Also ceremonies like this start and end with traditional Hawaiian songs as well as dance.
“the vow to renew your love”
Aloha au ‘ia ‘oe
“I love you”
No keia la, no keia po, a mau loa
“From this day, from this night, forever more”
Male ana e pili mai aloha kaua
“We two will cling to love in marriage”
Aloha aku no, aloha mai no
“I give my love to you, you give your love to me”
Mahalo e ke Akua no keia la
“Thanks be to God for this day”
Eia au, eia ‘oe
“Here I am, here you are”
Ka honi mai me ke aloha
“And with love is a kiss”
No kau a kau
Ma‘ane‘i no ke aloha
“For love is here and now”
Ho‘i hou ke aloha
“Let us fall in love all over again”
E kipa mai
“Come to me”
E ku’u aloha
Ho‘i hou ke aloha
“To fall in love all over again”
This is the theme of the ceremony itself, with the oral traditions of chant and prayer.
Puka mai ka hikina a ka la
“The rising of the eastern sun”
The ceremony begins at the start of a new day, putting you in touch with the elements… the sand at your feet, waves gently lapping on the shore, soft breeze touching your skin.
“The cleansing of life”
The practicing Kahu (ceremonial leader) walks into the ocean and offers a powerful chant to cleanse the past, present and future, so that love may reign over all things.
Upon the man and woman in wedlock which preserves their love everlasting as written biblically.
The most intimate component in expressing total emotion is the sharing of inner breath.
“The song and dance of love”
The gift of love, prosperity and wellness is presented in the poetry of music and dance.
Ka palapala oia‘i‘o
“The Hawaiian certification”
The certificate signifies that you were honored in this Hawaiian ceremony according to the words of wisdom and of the ancients.
“Signs & revelation”
We ask that you take what you have experienced whole heartedly, and share it with the world.