Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hawaiian Wedding Day

A L O H A! 

Welcome to the Big Island's Puna District

Sorry for the web deception, 
but like many of you I have been on a short trip off island 
and didn't want to broadcast the fact that our home (boat) was unattended.

   That's Puna above: Big Sky Country, rural Hawaii. 
I will do a 'Day Trip' post soon,
but today I just wanted to show you a FEW pictures of the reason for the trip.
  Saturday saw the wedding of my niece to a great guy!

The special day began as we awoke on our boat wreathed (choking?) in smoke! The fire department was heroic once again, and the situation (battery power electrical) was quickly brought under control.  I was completely debilitated!  But my husband basically picked me up, put me in the car, and pushed me towards Honolulu airport.  I'm grateful that he did; It was truly a magic day!  He stayed behind to keep our house afloat.

Opihikao, Puna.

"Look down you gods,
and on this couple drop a blessed crown."

My niece was born a few miles from here
at the famous Kalapana Black Sand Beach.
Though she has not a drop of Hawaiian blood,
she is truly Keiki O Ka Aina,
a child of the land, as is her handsome groom. 
(The first Hawaiians landed not too far from here
(South Point) around 750 A.D. / A.C.E.)

"We all need fresh starts.
That's why the sun comes up everyday."

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Here's to these beautiful bridesmaids.
We admire them for their beauty, respect them for their intelligence,
adore them for their virtues,
and love them because we can't help it."

Their friends, the wedding party.  
These kids all grew up 'off the grid' in a super rural, very isolated place,
and have known each other their whole lives.
  They are the children of unconventional people,
but seem none the worse for it.
Their 'Puna Hippie' parents are now exploring their early senior years.
  I'd say those pioneers did OK.

The Gathering for the Ceremony

"The man or woman you really love
will never grow old to you.
Through the wrinkles of time,
through the bowed frame of years,
You will always see the dear face
and feel 
The warm heart union
of your eternal love."

Beautiful Hawaiian Music

Lots of people there remembered my Dad who lived over there for years.
He's been gone for two years but was very present; many mentioned him.
The Jewish breaking of the glass tradition would have pleased him.
Though the bride's lovely Mom is not Jewish, and the groom
has no connection to the faith, everyone shouted 'Mazel Tov!'
The barefoot groom put on 'slippers' (flip flops) for this part.

Someone also left a volcanic pohaku (stone)
wrapped in a Ti leaf as an offering of gratitude to Pele of the volcano,
Grandmother of this country.

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.
~Author Unknown

Welcome to the family!

The reception at a near by orchard
was splendid.  More laters. . . . .
                       . . . I'm still verklempt!

Thank YOU for sharing the joy-
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