Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’

Sand Heart
Over the past 7 years, I have been blessed to be a part of many weddings.  I have probably officiated close to a hundred weddings and wedding vow renewals.  From experience, I can tell you that being a part of someone’s special day never gets old.  I love to hear how couples met or when they fell in love because those are the moments that define our lives.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet and marry an incredible couple.  Having previously worked in Waikiki for many years, I have a few friends that will call me sometime when a guest calls the hotel and is looking to get married in Hawaii.  This particular couple wanted to get married on the beach and of course, I was happy to comply.

We met at the beach and at first glance, I could tell that they were in love.  They had a certain joy, a certain bounce in their step as they exited their car.  It also surprised me that they were a little older than I had expected.

As we walked to the beach I found out that this wasn’t their first marriage.  They confessed to me that both of them had previously been married for 25 years…to each other.  Six years ago, this couple got a divorce, slowly started hanging out again, going to weekly family dinners, began talking, fell in love and decided to get married again.  Apparently six years of separation proved to be too long and they decided to recommit their lives to one another again.

So here’s this couple, married for 25 years, divorced for six, standing in front of me on a beautiful beach in Hawaii.  Who could ask for anything more?

I’m reminded of a Bible verse from 1 Corinthians that says, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love” (13:13).

Congratulations Dave and Cheryl!

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Try It, You’ll Like It

Having worked in Waikiki for many years and having gone to many luaus, the one food we tell every tourist to try is poi.  For those of you not familiar with poi, it’s the mashed up root of the taro plant.  It kind of has the consistency of wallpaper paste, and some will even tell you that it tastes like it too.

Personally, I like poi, but I don’t love it.  I’m the guy that sneaks in a little sugar when my wife isn’t looking just to make it a little more palatable.  But it is nutritious and hearty and many island moms feed it to their infants because it is easy to swallow and it is readily available.

A few weeks ago, we were at a graduation party and they were serving up Hawaiian food.  We took the opportunity to introduce Sunny to her very first sampling of poi.  How did she like it?  See for yourself.


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Even though I have lived in Hawaiʻi my whole life, like so many locals, there are many things that are published in the tourist books that I have never done. I have never been to Mānoa Falls, I hiked Diamond Head only once in my life in elementary school and I didn’t visit the Arizona Memorial until college.

Last night, I crossed off Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village off my list.

Keao and I had a rare Friday night off so we headed to Waikīkī with the girls to see the festivities.

When we got there two things surprised me. One, it was really crowded with both locals and tourists and two, we were really close to the fireworks.

For the price (free), it was a great show. I read online that some people thought it was too short but really for a free show what do you expect? Truthfully I didn’t think it was short at all but then again Slugger got scared by the big booms so I know it was definitely long enough for her.

20130713-123938.jpgAround the lagoon waiting for the show to start

20130713-123958.jpgSlugger would not stand still for a picture

A 20 second sampling of the fireworks

All in all, it was a very nice evening. There was plenty of seating at the lagoon and except for the two dollars I paid for parking, the price was great! It was a perfect way to spend a Friday evening.

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