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February 20, 2020

Shelby & Jeremy

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Jeremy Fackender

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Shelby Phillips

February 20, 2020

Why Maui?

First comes love, then comes surfboards?

He’e nalu, which means “wave surfer” or “wave slider,” has been popular in the Hawaiian Islands for centuries. Comfortably at home in the water, Hawaiians excelled in all ocean sports. Although they may not have invented surfing, they earned the greatest renown as surfers. The Hawaiians who surfed, the ali’i or high class, claimed the highest reputation for skill with boards on waves. They developed their own prayers and board shapes, and only utilized certain beaches where a select few could surf with people of their talent. The surfboards underwent a sacred ritual before construction and surfers saw it as a ceremonial communion with the ocean. Both minister and conch blower will offer a chant before entering the ocean, asking permission to do so. Whether you are experienced surfers or new to surfing, we will provide a large paddle board for the both of you and while the Groom will have to paddle out his Bride, our Hawaiian ceremonies take place close to shore. A Hawaiian conch blower/paddler will be in the water throughout the ceremony, holding the boards of minister, couple and photographer together.