Getting married in Hawaii is sure to be a fantastic way to start your life together. Many couples are enamoured with the beautiful waters and never-ending gorgeous sandy beaches. Partners tend to incorporate a bit of Hawaiian ‘Aloha’ (love) culture into their wedding ceremony and vows. Historically, Hawaii is known for the beauty of its people and surrounding islands.
Most couples add a tradition or two to their wedding ceremony in the form of guitars, blessings, and fashion. Katie from Orla James attended a wedding in Maui and fell in love with traditional Hawaiian cultures and ring traditions. She told us that she is planning her wedding in Hawaii later this year!
Since Hawaii is culturally rich and holds a particular significance in the hearts of couples wishing to tie the knot there, let us look at some ways that you can incorporate traditional Hawaiian materials and traditions into a wedding ring.
The Lei is the traditional flower of Hawaii that embodies respect and mutual love. Brides and grooms always incorporate traditional Lei flowers as part of their wedding either in the form of crowns, garlands or as jewellery. The Lei signifies eternal commitment and devotion in an unbroken circle. When woven together, Lei flowers add more beauty and significance to the entire ceremony. Lei flowers look better together than as standalone flowers since they add meaning to the strength of your new bond together. You could incorporate Lei flowers as part of your ring design to always carry a piece of your Hawaiian wedding into your shared life ahead.
Traditional Hawaiian Ring Material
Rings became part of the Hawaiian wedding ceremonies in the 1800s with the onset of western culture and influence among the local Hawaiian population. As such, the people of Hawaii embraced the new tradition and gave it special significance in combination with their own historic culture.
The Koa wood and Ti Leaf are native to Hawaii and have always been part of Hawaiian wedding traditions. Koa is a precious hardwood that signifies strength and integrity while Ti Leaf signifies health, blessing, and prosperity of the mind, body, and soul. You could have unique Koa wood rings made instead of classic metal ones. Most Hawaiian jewellers would be able to make the rings according to your specification and requirement if given enough time, specialising in patterned wedding rings.
Koa wood and Ti leaf also play an essential part in the wedding tradition since the priest or officiant dips a Koa bowl into the seawater and sprinkles seawater three times on to the wedding rings and the hands of the couple. This signifies washing away any troubles to the ocean and a brand new beginning for the couple. Once this ceremony starts, the officiant chants “Ei-Ah Eha-No. Ka Malohia Oh-Na-Lani. Mea A-Ku A-Pau” which translates to “May peace from above rest upon you and remain with your forevermore.”
Many couples exchange vows in the Hawaiian style with a translation in English for gathered guests and people from out of town. You can also consider the usage of the Hawaiian language for your wedding ceremony and have the officiant or priest translate the vows as the ceremony proceeds. Some trendy couples opted for Koa wood rings with the engraving of the traditional Hawaiian term for darling – “Hiwahiwa.” This term was inscribed on the inside of the ring to carry a permanent memory of the Hawaiian wedding. You can get this inscribed on the inside of your Koa wood wedding rings or classic metal ones. Few other Hawaiian terms you can inscribe are Kiss – “Honi,” Sweetheart – “Ipo,” Joy – “Hau’oli,” an expression of affection/love – “Ho’oheno.”
Cleansing of the rings
Some couples liked the idea of cleansing the rings to get blessings from Mother Nature. If you don’t want to opt for Koa wood rings and would prefer metal rings, you can soak the wedding rings in a bowl of Koa wood filled with water from the sea. Water, as many cultures including Hawaiian believe, cleanses the negativity surrounding an object. Just like sea water is sprinkled onto the hands of the couple getting married to wash off their troubles and lingering negativity, seawater can also be used to cleanse the rings. Soak these rings in a bowl of Koa wood on the morning of the wedding, and let the officiant remove them from the bowl once the ceremony starts.
However you decide to host your wedding, featuring Hawaiian traditions and materials in your rings are a beautiful way to start your marriage together.