2012

 

1556. “”I am impressed. We are so glad that it worked out for you to be the one to perform our ceremony” – Craig and Jaime from Savage, MN – 12/22/12  – Keahu o Lu Beach

1555. “”Thank you, it was a beautiful ceremony” – Kurtis and Erin from Honolulu, HI – 12/21/12 – 70 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Staircase (There are so many things that converge to make the perfect wedding. This is one of those weddings. You just can’t describe all the reasons why, but it was a great crowd, I wanted to end the year on a high, Christmas was in the air, and for a million other reasons, this wedding had us all in that magic zone where laughter, tears and the joy of life converged…Even the wedding coordinator zipped by and said, “awesome”. Thanks to all those who went out of their way after the ceremony to say something positive.)

1554. “Thank you” – Jacob and Debra from Vanderbilt Borough, PA  – 12/21/12 – 5 guests at Keahu o Lu Beach

1553. “This was the most emotional day of my life. Throughout our trials and tribulations on our road to marriage, you were always someone we could rely on. We are so thankful for the kindness and understanding that we found in you in our process of getting married and the ceremony was absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for helping to make our dreams come true! ” – Kyle and Ashlynn from Captain Cook, HI. 12/19/12 – 70 guests at Kona Church of God (Our church really transforms at Christmas. We do a lot of decorating and the advent season culminates at the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. We lit all the candles and turned the lights off for Kyle and Ashlynn. The sanctuary just glowed with the lights from the Christmas tree and all the friends and family gathered. My daughter Emmaline sang an original song for the couple. I think this is the first time she has sung at one of my weddings. We had a wonderful reception here at the church. The fellowship hall was decorated with a festive Christmas theme. There were several miracles that God did for the couple. What a blessing.)

1552. “Thank you that was a beautiful ceremony” – Brian and Shelley from San Diego, CA. – 12/19/12 – 10 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1551. “Thank you. You did a great ceremony” – Tommy and Christine from San Francisco, CA. – 12/15/12 – 70 guests at Palm Grove at the four Seasons Hualalai (This was a first class, formal, black tie wedding. When I arrived on site, the florists had just finished. I was the first one to witness the magic that they had accomplished. Palm Grove is always beautiful, but this was breath taking. As soon as I expressed my appreciation to the florists, two musicians arrived and started setting up. I didn’t recognize them, so I introduced myself and discovered they were from Maui. Christine had heard them play at the Four Seasons Maui. They were the perfect choice. I made friends with Don and Vance. Their web site is: mauiviolin.com. As we were waiting for the bride to make her grand entrance, Tommy told me, “I wasn’t allowed to see the bride today. This is the greatest day of my life, and I have felt so lost without her.” I assured him that since I have been married 30 years, it is only going to get worse!. As the bride walked the aisle with her dad, she was laughing, she was crying, she was beautiful. A close friend read an excerpt from “A Farewell to arms” by Hemingway. Right after the vows, Christine’s grandmother read Song of Solomon 2:10-13 (my dad had read this passage at my wedding so many years ago). So many things happen at a wedding. I believe this was the last of the big weddings at Four Seasons for 2012. As the year closes, I tend to think back to all the wonderful wedding moments. I am truly thankful for the privilege I enjoy. What an honor to be part of so many wedding celebrations on such a beautiful island.)

1550. “That was a wonderful ceremony” – Ben and Laci from Clemmons Village, NC  – 12/12/12 – 40 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn

1549. “Thanks Pastor Keith” – Robert and Denise from Kailua-Kona, HI – 12/5/12 – 15 guests at Keahu o Lu Beach (this was a wedding of people from our church, Kona Church of God. We had a great time. We had a beautiful reception on the beach with great food. We are so happy for the lovely couple!)

1548. “Perfect – I enjoyed every moment of the ceremony” – Shaun and Jemellee from Rancho Cucamonga, CA  – 12/5/12 (I hear so many great love stories. This one was funny to me. Shaun took Jemellee to the Eiffel Tower to propose to her. Because he had the ring in his pocket, he kept setting off the metal detector. He finally got positioned to show the security guard the ring without tipping off Jemellee. The best laid plans…)

1547. “Terrific job! This meant more to us than the original fifty years ago.” – Art and Orpha from Hagerstown, MD – 11/23/12 –  25 guests for their fiftieth anniversary surprise renewal of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (Orpha just cried and cried when all her family and friends yelled surprise as she walked up to the chapel. It took a lot of work to keep this a secret, but the family pulled it off to perfection. I haven’t done a lot of 50th celebration of vows ceremonies. To get to do this one at Thanksgiving with this wonderful family really touched my heart.)

1545. “You did an amazing job marrying us. God has really gifted you. Everyone loved the words you chose. We are very pleased! Bless you!” – Jeff and Shellie from Kailua-Kona, HI  11/11/12 –  150 guests at the Fountain at the University of the Nations – (This was a royal renaissance theme wedding with everyone in costume. I was dressed as a monk. We all had a great time. Thanks guys for including me in the reception!)

1544. “We appreciate everything so much” – Andrew and Katie  from Edina, MN  55436 – 11/9/12 – 5 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Staircase (The bride and groom didn’t see each other prior to the ceremony. One time he had told her, “you are all pink and sparkly”. She had found a formal lace gown with a pink sash around her waist and yes, the entire gown was sparkly. How perfect! Thank you for your generosity.)

1543. “Aloha! Thank you for making our wedding so extraordinary! Best day of our lives by far.” – Patrick and Genevieve from KIRKLAND, WA – 11/4/12 – 40 guests for a sunset ceremony at Kua Bay (Patrick had asked her to marry him on the summit of Mauna Kea. How delightful that they were able to make it back to the Big Island for their Nuptials. This is the first wedding I have performed at Kua Bay. We went to Huggo’s on the Rocks for the reception. Warren, who used to be the wedding singer at a lot of my weddings provided the music. It was great hearing him in a different venue. The couple lit lanterns that flew up and away. Thanks guys for including us in the reception)

1542. “That was a beautiful ceremony” – Stu and Jennifer from EDGEWATER, Maryland  – 11/3/12 – 30 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (This is such a great love story. Four years earlier they had met at the Hilton. He was here for a wedding, she was here for a conference. The had a long distance relationship. He lived in Europe and she lived in America. How wonderful that they were able to come full circle back to where they first met for the wedding. The choice of colors and styles really looked great.)

1541. “Thank you” – Ingo and Meltem from Germany – 11/1/12 – the Hilton Waikoloa Village Point (This couple looked at Maui to get married. They decided not to get married there. When they came to the Big Island and saw the Point at the Hilton, that was exactly what they were looking for. Big Island No ka oi!)

1540. “Aregato gozai masu” – Koji and Ayumi from Japan – 10/29/12 -20 guests at the Fairmont Orchid Wedding Gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1539. “Thank you” – David and Tina from Kailua-Kona, HI  – 10/27/12 – 50 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Staircase

1538. “Aregato gozai masu” – Hideaki and Ayumi from Japan – 10/27/12 – ten guests at the Fairmont Orchid Wedding Gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1537. “Thank you, that was a beautiful ceremony” – Jason and Kati from DOVER, DE – 10/26/12 – 12 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (I always like firsts. I think this was my first wedding where the bride and the maid of honor were twins! How cool is that!)

1536. Aregato” – Norichika and Sanae from Japan – 10/22/12 – Christ Church (This was my first wedding with this company. I started meeting the crew and surprise surprise, my good friend Misato has just started working for this company. It was her first wedding. It was great fun getting to work with her. Thank you for your generosity)

1535. “Aregato gozai masu” – Hitoshi  and Tomomi from Japan – 10/20/12 – ten guests at the Fairmont Orchid Wedding Gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1534. “This was really good for us” – Tod & Sarah from Canada – 10/17/12 – 2 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Point for a tenth anniversary celebration of vows (What a great couple – Tod was a hoot)

1533. “Aregato gozai masu” – Hitoshi  and Tomomi from Japan – 10/15/12 – The Fairmont Orchid Wedding Gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1532. David and Paula from Glen Allen, VA  10/12/12 – tenth anniversary vow renewal at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Point (What a great love story, what a great couple. I kept running into them after the ceremony)

1531. “Thank you for making this so personal and special” – Andy and Heather from BEAVERTON, OR – 10/10/12 – 11 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (This lovely couple did a mission statement that really impressed me.)

1530. “Thank you” Cody and Carri from Kamuela, HI – 9/29/12 – 25 guests at Kekaua Point (This was a very powerful ceremony. Cody and Carri have an unusual story of how they got together. They invited us to the reception at Harbor for some great food, fun and hula! Thanks guys for including us in the festivities!)

1529.”Thank you so much for the thoughtful note we received from you upon our return home from our wonderful ceremony and vacation. Your suggestions and advice resonated with us, and we are pleased to say that over the last four years of marriage we have worked very hard to try and follow these ideas, as we too hold them very dear to our relationship.
When thinking about a location to renew our vows, Hawaii was the only location we seriously considered. We knew Hawaii and the Big Island would be beautiful but it wasn’t until we arrived that we had any idea how beautiful and how wonderful  the hotel grounds were. With your help we had the most perfect day for our vow renewal ceremony and great memories we will cherish forever. We truly appreciated the personalized touches you added to the ceremony with the traditional Hawaiian sayings, and the inclusion of Spanish. It really touched our hearts and the hearts of our Spanish speaking guests.
Thank you again and best wishes to you, your wife Susan and your family,
Sincerely, Sam and Amrah from Canoga Park, CA – 9/28/12 – 30 guests at the at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (What a great couple, what a great wedding, what great speeches and toasts. Thanks Amrah for the encouraging words. It means a lot when someone writes a letter.)

1528. “Thank you” – Nick and Eliana from Sacramento, CA  – 9/28/12 – 40 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn

1527. “You made this so easy for us. We’re really glad you were here with us. You made this time so special” – Rich and Kim from Danville, CA – 9/21/12 – tenth anniversary celebration of vows at Kukio Beach (Susan and I had a great time doing the celebration of vows and the photography with Rich and Kim)

1526. “Thank you so much for being such a huge part of the ceremony and celebration of our union together. You did an amazing job commencing our wedding, so beautifully done. We’ll never forget sharing that special moment with you. We are so grateful for your kind words and support. All the best to you and yours always. XO” –  Andy and Lindsey from Brooklyn, NY – 9/19/12 – 40 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Lindsey’s parents and grandparents were married in September – I love it when families have traditions they pass down from generation to generation.)

1525. “That was such a lovely ceremony” – Paul and Moana from Queensland Australia  – 9/18/12 – 7 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel for a tenth anniversary celebration of vows (This couple honeymooned at the Hilton 10 years ago and promised themselves they would return on their tenth anniversary. What a wonderful family.)

1524. “Aregato gozai masu!” – Ryuichi and Haruka from Japan – 9/18/12 – The Orchid Gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1523. “”Thank you” – Michael and Lisa from Daniel Island, SC – 9/16/12 – the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Beautiful bead work on this bride’s gown. Thank you for your generosity)

1522. “Thank you” – Kazuya and Momoko from Japan – 9/15/12 – 40 guests at Palm Grove at the four Seasons Hualalai (I get to meet people from every walk of life through weddings.  I was so excited when Kazuya told me he works with the International Space Station! How cool is that!)

1521. “Thank you so much for a wonderful ceremony” – Chuck and LaDona from Honolulu, HI – 9/2/12 – 15 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (I get to hear so many wonderful love stories . . .)

1520. “I feel like I’m in a dream” – Anthony and Michele from Irvine, CA  – 9/1/12 – 14 guests at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Wedding Chapel

1519. “This worked out the way it was supposed to . . .” – Mark and Wendy from Scottsdale, AZ – 8/25/12 – Kukio Beach (Susan and I had a great time with this wonderful couple and the sunset was so beautiful)

1518. “Thank you” – Michael and Autumn from Tacoma WA – 8/24/12 – 3 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn for a tenth anniversary celebration of vows

1517. “Thank you!” – Masaomi and Yoko from Tokyo, Japan – 8/22/12 – 40 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (This was a beautiful ceremony. The bride was in a full champagne wedding gown and looked so stunning as she walked the pathway into the venue. She cried as she repeated her vows in Japanese. There were a lot of leis. Some included Paka Lana which is a very fragrant white flower. When I walked into the chapel before the ceremony, I was overwhelmed with the fragrance. A classical duo, violin and cello, set the mood on the lawn. Masaomi had lived in the States, so he had good English and we made friends as we waited in the gazebo for the ceremony to begin.)

1516. “Thanks” – Rick and Laurie Vow Renewal  – 8/19/12 – 4 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1515. “Aregato” – Koji and Takako from Japan – 8/15/12 – The Orchid Gazebo (The crew was in a playful mood. It made this wedding a lot of fun. Thank you for your generosity)

1514. “That was wonderful” – Joseph and  Mary Jean from Prescott, AZ – 8/11/12 – 15 of their children and grandchildren for a surprise 50th anniversary renewal of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel. (Their children set this surprise up for them and the look on their face was great fun! Thank you for your generosity)

1513. “Thank you Pastor Keith for performing our ceremony. We have so many wonderful memories of our trip to Kona and will always remember this special occasion.” – 8/10/12 – Dean and Myrrha from Huntington Beach, CA  – 10th anniversary celebration of vows ceremony at Keahu o Lu Beach

1512. “Pastor Keith:  The ceremony was beautiful!  The words you said were very meaningful to us.  Sometimes we lose sight of who we are but when you talked to us about the covenants, it reminded us who we want to be together! Some other things that we both appreciated were the comments about “saying what needs to be said, listen” and  “Do the right thing for the right reason at the right time”.
When you talked about forgiveness and how it’s difficult to say you’re sorry we were both considering the times we’ve left that part out.  But then you talked about stopping to ask for that forgiveness and apologize for things we have said or done to cause hurt or misunderstanding and we understand how important it is to say that to one another and also to hear that from each other. Thank you for helping us to remember all the reasons we love each other and the things we can do to continue making our marriage a success!” Jim and Pam – 8/7/12 – 5th anniversary surprise renewal of vows on the point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Pam surprised Jim. We had a lot of fun setting this up without the groom knowing. Thank you for your generosity)

1511. “Tim and Marcia from Mesa, AZ – 7/25/12 – 4 guests for a 35th anniversary renewal of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn

1510. “I have been meaning to thank you again for the wonderful ceremony you conducted for Jen and me at Kona.  We are doing very well and will forever cherish that special day.  I hope to return soon and we can renew our vows with you by the wedding tree.” – Bill and Jennifer from Santa Monica, CA  – 7/17/12 – Four Seasons Hualalai Wedding Tree (What a beautiful evening. Mauna Kea and Hualalai were clear and looked o beautiful lit up by the sunset. I really enjoyed hearing Bill and Jennifer’s amazing love story – they met at a wedding!)

1509. “Thank you so much” – Michael and Nicole from Louisville, KY – 7/17/12 – 20 guests on the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (What a fun, positive group)

1508. “Thanks for an amazing ceremony” – Scott and Nikki from Hilo, HI – 7/13/12 – 50 guests on the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Scott and Nikki had their first date on Friday the 13th, he proposed to her on Friday the 13th and they got married on Friday the 13th! Do I sense a theme here? Thanks guys for the maile lei)

1507.”Erik and Kiandra from Buena Park, CA – 7/1/12 – 4 guests on the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn for their 10th anniversary renewal of vows

1506.”Thank you” – Robin and Denise from Raleigh, NC – 6/22/12 – 1 guest at the Kona Coast Resort for their tenth anniversary renewal of vows

1505.”My family & I enjoyed sharing the very special time with you when we renewed our vows last week on the big island. I especially enjoyed seeing all of us involved, creating such a great life long memory as a family. Your heart warming & eloquent service really moved my wife & I.” – Matt and Stefaney from Cumming, GA – 6/12/12 – (Their children joined them for their tenth anniversary celebration of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village at the Point. Thank you for your generosity)

1504. “Thank you” – Scott and Stephanie from Marriottsville, MD – 6/11/12 – Their children joined them for their tenth anniversary celebration of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1503. “Aregato” – Takuya and Mami from Japan – 6/5/12 – The Orchid Gazebo (She had on a beautfiul silk gown, he had on a silk suit, they had Cartier rings, there were beautiful flowers everywhere, but what stood out at this wedding was the bride’s smile. Thank you for your generosity)

1502. “Thank you, that was so good” – Gary and Vicki from Texas  – 5/27/12 – 20 guests at the Four Seasons Hualalai Palm Grove (Gary and Vicki incorporated a chord of three strands ceremony   which I had never done before. I’m sure it is going to be very popular at weddings. Thank you for your generosity)

1501. “Thank you so much” – Joe and Debra from California –  5/24/12 – 30th anniversary celebration of vows at the Four Seasons Hualalai Wedding Tree (Thank you for your generosity)

1500. “Aregato” – Takeshi and Emi from Japan – 5/2/12 – 40 guests at Kumukea Beach at the Four Seasons Hualalai (I am celebrating a milestone this evening. I performed wedding number 1500! It is hard for me to believe that I have prayed the prayers and pronounced 1500 couples man and wife. It was a very special wedding. Almost everyone was from Japan. The pianist who played as the bride walked the aisle is a concert pianist who was flown in from NYC named Eric. He was really cool. Everyone had a white orchid lei on their chair. The arch where we stood was covered in white flowers. Everything was so beautiful. The bride cried and cried. It took her make up artist several minutes to redo her after the ceremony. I am truly grateful to all the couples, hotels, wedding coordinators, photographers/videographers, musicians, banquet servers and other team members with whom I have had the privilege to work. I am especially grateful to God who has allowed me the wonderful honor of standing on the shore as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean and everyone tears up at the wonder of God’s gift of love and family.)

1499. “Thank you” – Adam and Kimberly from SCHAUMBURG VILLAGE, IL – 4/29/12 – 15 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village at the Point

1498. “That was a great ceremony” – Pat and Debbie from Aurora, CO – 4/29/12 – 25 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (Thank you for your generosity)

1497. “Great job! We appreciate it so much” – Daniel and Jessica from Nebraska – 4/26/12 – Wedding Tree at the Four Seasons Hualalai (Thank you for your service to our country)

1496. “We are so happy!” – David and Andria Deerfield Beach, Florida – 4/21/12 – 50 guests on the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (My wife and I have known the bride’s family from way back. I was very honored to be able to do this ceremony for them. There were quite a few friends from way back and we had a great time and a great wedding.)

1495. “Thank you” – Bill and Denise from Canada – 4/20/12 – 40 guests on the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (I love the funny stories at weddings. Right before the wedding began, the groom took off running. The guests were calling after him. Without missing a beat, he shouted back at them, “I have to pee”. I’m going to laugh about that for a long time to come.)

1494. “Thank you so much, We wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to do our wedding” – Allen and Rusty from CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii – 4/20/12 – 7 guests at Wawaloli Beach Park (Some of the people who attend the church that I pastor were at this wedding. It is always interesting to see the reaction of people who are used to seeing me minister at the church experience the other me when I minister at a wedding. Thanks to everyone for the encouraging words.)

1493. “Thank you for making this day so special! It was a beautiful ceremony. Mahalo nui loa” –  Joe and Marcia from TAMPA, Florida  – 4/19/12 – 2 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1492. “Thank you” – John and Jennifer from CA. – 4/14/12 – 30 guests at Palm Grove at the Four Seasons Hualalai

1491. ” Thank you so much” – Dennis and Yoko from Kailua-Kona, HI  – 4/5/12 – 25 guests on the lawn at Kona Islander Inn (Dennis weaves baskets. He sets up on the sea wall close to Bubba Gump. Yoko was visiting from Japan and met him. How wonderful that they were married just a few feet from where they first met! Another great Aloha Kiss wedding)

1490. “That was a lovely ceremony” – Neil and Michaela from Australia – 4/3/12 – 4 guests outside the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (We all went wild over this bride’s gown. Thank you for your generosity)

1489. “Thank you” – Takenari and Eri 4/2/12 from Japan – 4/2/12 –  15 guests at the Orchid Gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1488. “Aregato” – Yoshiyuki and Taeko  – from Japan – 4/2/12 –  0 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (One of the guests gave the bride and groom the most beautiful pikaki leis)

1488. “Thanks Pastor Keith” – Brian and Noreen from Kailua-Kona, HI – 3/31/12 – 5 guests at the Kona Church of God (This meant a lot to me. When Noreen was a baby, she was very sick in the hospital. I went at 2:00 AM to pray for her.)

1487. “We wanted to thank you for being a part of our wonderful renewal ceremony. We greatly appreciate the personal touches that you added, as well as making our daughter a big part of our day. It was an event that the three of us will remember forever.” – Dick and Kelly from Grayslake, IL – 3/25/12 – Their daughter celebrated their 25th anniversary with them at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Thank you so much for mailing the thank you card and photo)

1486. “Thank you – great ceremony” – Erik and Tristie from AIEA , Hawaii – 3/17/12 – 70 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Staircase (It’s always great to perform weddings for people who live in Hawaii. We had lots of fun and lots of laughs and this venue is so dramatic)

1485. “Thank you” – Brian and RoxAnne from Goodyear, AZ – 3/15/12 –  43 guests at  the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Because I was born in Phoenix, I always enjoy doing weddings for couples from my “home town”)

1484. “Thank you” – Matt and Allison from Dallas, TX – 3/13/12 – 8 guests at  the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn to celebrate the tenth anniversary celebration of vows (I was very impressed with this family. They made an “Ohana Box”. The box contains notes from everyone. During the ceremony, we opened the “Ohana Box” and Matt read his love note to Allison, then he read his note to each child affirming them. Allison did the same. My wife and I need to do something like this for our children)

1483. “Thank you” – Daniel and Jessica from Poway, CA  – 3/9/12 – Their two children were with them to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary at the Hilton Waikoloa Village at the Point (Daniel and Jessica had written their own vows. They both cried and cried. What a lovely family!)

1482. ” Aregato” – Hirohisa and Megumi from Japan – 3/9/12 –  6 guests at the Orchid Gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1481. “Thank you” – Ronald and Raisa from New York – 3/8/12 – 50 guests at Palm Grove at the Four Seasons Hualalai (The groom was named for Ronald Reagan, the bride was named for Raisa Gorbochov, oh the irony of it all!)

1480. “That was awesome. All of our guests were crying!” – Tim and Christen from Broomfield, CO – 2/21/12 – 30 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (I received a lot of positive comments after this wedding. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement and thanks for your generosity)

1479. “Thank you so much – that was a beautiful ceremony” – Mike and Genny from Jacksonville, FL   – 2/18/12 – 50 guests at the at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn ( This was a VIP wedding. I felt so honored to have the privilege to perform the ceremony. The couple were such a sweet bride and groom. My wife and I were invited to the rehearsal dinner at Imari’s. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people. Most weddings have a funny story, here is one that makes me laugh every time I think about it. This was a big wedding, and I was trying to multi-task. When I arrived, a guy put a microphone on me. I thought the mic was for video. When I did the opening blow on the conch shell and Hawaiian chant, I almost jumped out of my skin. That lapel mic wasn’t for video, it was for the sound system. I wasn’t expecting to be so loud!)

1478. “Pastor Keith thank you so much, that was a great ceremony, your Hawaiian doesn’t sound haouli!” – “Faavae and Cindee from KAILUA-KONA , HI – Valentines 2 /14/12 – 2 guests at the Kona Church of God

1477. “The Hawaiian elements really meant a lot to us” – Michael and Julie from San Jose CA – 2/9/12 – 10th anniversary renewal of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village at the Point

1476. “Thank you, that was a beautiful ceremony. We wanted a destination wedding, but we also wanted to have a solemn Christian ceremony. We’re so glad you were able to do the ceremony” – Kevin and Judith from Cary, NC  – 2/8/12 – 30 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1475. “Aregato” – Ken and Rika from Japan – 1/27/12 – 6 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (thank you for your generosity)

1474. “Aregato gozai mazu” – Hiroyuki and Akiko from Japan – 1/25/12 – Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (thank you for your generosity)

1473. “O me de tou!” – Mitsumasa and Miwa from Japan – 1/23/12 – 1 guest at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (Miwa had on a striking gown – thank you for your generosity)

1472. “Thank you so much” – Hakeem and Mitoshi from Santa Clara, CA  -1/21/12 – 70 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn

1471. “Thank you – Great ceremony!” –  Matt and Josephine Arcadia, CA – 1/5/12 – 75 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Staircase

1470. “Thank you” –  Kevin and Lee from Calgary, Canada – 1/2/12 – 2  guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn

 

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