Guests spending this Valentine’s Day at either the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort or the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort can take part in a complimentary vow-renewal ceremony on the beach, surrounded by views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean.
Inspired by the ancient Hawaiian tradition of hoao paa, a custom where couples are bound in lasting union, the Outrigger ceremony offers visitors unique exposure to the destination’s host culture and the opportunity to make lifelong memories.
“We want our guests to experience all of the magic and romance that Hawaii and Outrigger Resorts has to offer, and our Hawaiian vow-renewal ceremony is the perfect setting to do that,” Bitsy Kelley, the vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to enable couples to ‘hoi hou ke aloha,’ or fall in love all over again, and provide an experience that each couple will remember forever.”
The Outrigger ceremony on the beach will open with a traditional Hawaiian chant, aimed at cleansing the past, present and future. Couples will then exchange vows in the Hawaiian language before enjoying a sprinkling of seawater, intended to preserve their bond. The ceremony is then sealed with a kiss, and concludes with a hula performance accompanied by the famed “Hawaiian Wedding Song.”
Couples will have a chance to take photos with the officiant and the hula dancer and will also receive a commemorative certificate before the festivities wrap up with complimentary Champagne or sparkling cider.
Those interested in participating need to sign up at their resort’s concierge or front desk by 3 p.m. the day prior to the ceremony.