Wording for a Hawaiian-Themed Wedding Shower

by Randi Bergsma

Hawaiian is a unique language in that it contains only 12 letters: 5 vowels and 7 consonants. The limited number of letters is partly due to untrained missionaries attempting to translate the nuances of the oral tradition into a written form in the early 19th century. The language has become synonymous with the beauty and tranquility of island life. Incorporating Hawaiian phrases into a wedding shower is an elegant way to extend a tropical theme.

Shower Invitation Wording

Include Hawaiian saying in the invitation to let people know what the theme of the shower will be. Make sure there is a English translation below the Hawaiian wording. You'll want to include the word "Male 'ana," meaning "wedding." "Aha'aina male," meaning "wedding feast," would be appropriate if the shower features a large dinner or luau style meal. The word "Pa'ipunahele," is a pet name for a loved one and could be used to introduce the groom or bride-to be, as in "Our Pa'ipunahele Sarah."

Hawaiian Love Sayings

"Aloha Au Ia'oe," means "I love you," and "Aloha nui loa," means "very much love." Other common Hawaiian love sayings include "Aloha No Au Ia 'Oe," which means "I truly love you," and "Ko Aloha Makamae E Ipo," meaning "Sweetheart, you are precious." A Hawaiian phrase that describes a wedding is "Pili Olua E, Moku Ka Pawa O Ke Ao," which means "You two are now one, the darkness is past." These sayings could be incorporated into wedding shower invitations as well as into games or used in the toast to the future bride and groom.

Hawaiian Proverbs

Hawaiian proverbs are a way to introduce Hawaiian culture to shower guests. Each guest could be given a proverb at the beginning of the shower to memorize and say to the bride-to-be. The proverbs could then be put into a small wooden chest for the bride to take home. "Ua ola loko i ke aloha," means "love gives life within." "Hele me kahau 'oli," means "Go with joy." The phrase "Pupukahi i holomua," means "unite in order to progress," and "Malama Kekahi I kekahi," means "take care of each other." Other proverbs include, "He kehau ho'oma'ema'e ka aloha," meaning "love is cleansing dew," and "`A`ohe hana nui ke alu `ia," means "No task is too big when done together."

Hawaii Quotations

There are many quotations about Hawaii that could be included in the shower decorations or games. The shower host could explain the Hawaiian theme with the quote, "Hawai'i has the ability to bring people together in an environment of trust, positive energy, and warmth," originally said by Burt Lum. The word "aloha" is used as "hello" and "goodbye," but it also means "love." The Neil Abercrombie quote, "Hawaii is the aloha spirit," is an excellent description of how the Hawaiian theme relates to love and weddings. The Sharon Linnea quote, "Dreams born in paradise can, indeed, come true," is a way to describe a couple's courtship and marriage and would make a great banner.

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