Similar to most of the nations having centuries of traditions behind them, Hawaiian weddings are also a colorful profusion of traditions and cultural elements complemented with rituals intended to bring in fortune, luck and happiness to couples who are going to tie a knot.
The Hawaiian brides, traditionally, wear a white holoku (traditional Hawaiian wedding dress) with flowers in her hair as well. Her male counterpart wears a white shirt along with white pants and colorful sash. If, the wedding takes place in the house the couple may avoid any footwear otherwise casual footwear is used.
Another famous, Hawaiian symbol is leis (traditional flower garlands worn around the neck). For wedding ceremony two maile leis usually made of fragrant flowers, and green leaves are especially ordered for both the grooms and brid. It is a symbol of mutual welcoming, the life partners, and it is also considered as a metaphorical representation of the island people’s relationship with nature. Both leis are different in terms of flowers woven in them; the bride’s lei have white jasmine and the groom’s have ilima (Sida fallax). Both the mother-in-laws also wear especially made leis which have an abundance of jasmine. Some organizers order leis for every guest as well.
The announcement of a Hawaiian wedding is done by three consecutive blowing of a conch shell to summon Lord’s support and presence in the wedding. The effects of other customs (notably Filipino, Chinese and Japanese) are also very evident in Hawaiian weddings. Therefore, it is very common to witness 1001 origami cranes or fireworks intended to thwart evil spirits away. Pandango (originally a Filipino traditional wedding dance) also known as money dance is also performed in many weddings which encircle the couple with a string of taped money usually provided by the wedding guests.
The effects of other cultures, as a consequence of globalization, are evident in Hawaii as well, and one of these “foreign” influences is wedding cake. Hawaiian cakes are usually made of wheat flour symbolizing the beginning of a new relationship together. This relationship is further strengthened by sharing the knife for cake cutting and presenting the first slice to each other after which each guest a presented with a piece.