The Changing Weddings in Hawaii

Hawaiians have long accepted the idea of intermarriage. Many of the indentured Chinese on Hawaii chose to take Hawaiian brides. Some of the captains of the early merchant ships also fell in love with the gorgeous females of native descent. They then wed those native beauties and later wrote down in their journals detailed accounts about weddings in Hawaii.

There's no written information about the earliest weddings in Hawaii. The information on those first weddings came from oral presentations, presentations made by the kahunas and other learned men. The native Hawaiians also failed to disclose how rapidly the newlywed couples added to the population on the Hawaiian Islands.

The first known census in Hawaii developed from the efforts of the American missionaries. That census revealed how many new Hawaiians had arrived, following the weddings in Hawaii. Perhaps those missionaries wanted to advertise the benefits of a Christian wedding.

Today caterers for all of the diverse weddings in Hawaii have access to a diverse source of foods, foods with which to impress the wedding guests. Pineapple plants were introduced into Hawaii in 1813. In 1892 the seeds for the first Macadamia trees were planted in the Hawaiian soil. Those new plants added to the tropical plants already growing on the Islands, plants used at the earliest Hawaiian weddings. 

While those first weddings in Hawaii did not include any guests from the mainland, that fact began to change in 1927. In that year the Hawaiians witnessed the arrival of the first non-stop flight from the mainland to Honolulu. By 1959 Hawaiians had learned how to welcome the mainlanders stepping off of a jet. Soon weddings in Hawaii had become synonymous with the wearing of leis.

Many of the weddings in Hawaii included a reception, and many or those receptions took place at the Moana Hotel. That Hotel was first built in 1901. After years of use it closed briefly, but then underwent a restoration. A restored Moana Hotel opened in 1989.

For the next six years the operators of the Hawaiian sugar plantations paid for elaborate receptions at the Moana Hotel. That fact changed after 1995, but it did not change due to a waning interest in weddings in Hawaii. In that year the last sugar plantation on the Island closed down for good.

Some of the former workers on those plantations had once ordered "picture brides." Between 1911 and 1924 the bachelor Koreans on Hawaii had eagerly invited to the Isands many young Korean females. They had thus introduced the possibility for 800 new weddings in Hawaii.

Still the departure of the sugar plantations did not put an end to weddings in Honolulu or weddings in Maui. In fact interest in weddings in Maui appears to be growing. That fact might be due to the many interesting spots for a Maui wedding.

Young couples who decide to tie the knot on Maui have a number of wonderful locations in which to have the ceremony or reception. For example, such a wedding could take place on a secluded beach, on a grassy knoll or in a tropical garden. The couple could also elect to have a ceremony by a waterfall and a reception at a Hawaiian Luau.

Because Hawaii has so many romantic settings, it has secured for itself top rankings among the list of favored wedding and honeymoon destinations. Now the entire world is fast discovering what the Polynesians discovered thousands of years ago.

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