Although Kahu Pomaika‘i offers Hawaiian wedding services performed from a choice of numerous exquisite and sacred locations (including, but not limited to the Kahala beach, Lanikai beach and the North Shore) she is also open to any location that has special meaning to the couple.
Lei ceremonies are a popular request among couples. This ceremony involves two open-ended leis worn around the couples’ necks, then tied together, symbolizing two lives intertwining as one. Ring ceremonies are also often requested, and in this ceremony both rings are placed in a sacred calabash bowl and then passed around to all members of the wedding party for blessing through the use of each person’s Ha or “breath of life.” This special ritual incorporates family and friends into the sacredness of the wedding ceremony.
Kahu Pomaika‘i will also incorporate live Hawaiian music (often ukulele accompanied by inspirational vocals) as desired. Kahu Lawrence Keaolani Pau has won many singing competitions, including the Hawaii Falsetto Contest, and his music and voice are truly a magical addition to any wedding ceremony. Kahu Keaolani Pau can be available upon request.
Also upon request is the popular sounding of the conch shell – the conch blown in all four directions at the beginning of the wedding, to summon the ancestors.
Most traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremonies last approximately twenty minutes, though special requests are always accommodated. For example, weddings taking place at sacred sites including Heiau (“sacred temples”), may run longer as protocol using appropriate pule (“prayer”) and oli (“chanting”) must be followed.
Designing Your Ceremony with Kahu Pomaika`i:
Step One: Reserve your wedding date and time with Kahu Pomaika`i
Step Two: Please review the downloadable documents.
Wedding packages can be found here.
A downloadable PDF document describes the flow and content of my ceremonies, however we can discuss adjusting it in any way you are most comfortable. View Ceremony Options PDF.
-Ceremony Vow Options:
You are welcome to choose any of these vows or use these ideas as a base to create your own – Wedding Ceremony Vow Options PDF.
– May Your Marriage Be Blessed:
This is a poem (PDF) you have the option of choosing to be read during your ceremony. May Your Marriage Be Blessed PDF.
– Wedding Questionnaire:
This is an online questionnaire this is used to create your ceremony, this is an online form that will be sent to Kahu Pomaika’i when you click submit.
Please complete this at least two weeks before your ceremony. Once I receive your completed questionnaire I will contact you to arrange your consultation to go over all the details and special wishes of your sacred ceremony. Most consultations are done by phone or Skype, if you prefer an in-person meeting this can be arranged.
Deposits and Payments
I do not take deposits at this time. If you have completed the questionnaire and have reserved your date with me that is all that is necessary to book your ceremony. If your plans or travel arrangements change please notify me and I will free that day on my calendar. No penalties are incurred at any time.
Request for payment before the ceremony is performed (e.g. at the rehearsal) unless you have a designated representative taking care of handing out payment on the day of your ceremony. I accept cash or a check made out to:
Renee Pomaika`i Gongob
To check the availability of your wedding day:
To initiate the process, please email me through my contact page with your wedding date, time of ceremony and location (or as much information you have at this point). I will reply as soon as possible to let you know my availability. If I am available, you will receive an email requesting you complete the wedding questionnaire. Once I receive your completed questionnaire I will email you to schedule our consultation.
Please visit my FAQ page.
Additionally, Kahu Pomaika’i happily performs gay marriage ceremonies.