Hawaii Weddings Galore – A Look Back at Eight Hawaii Weddings in One Year

Since July 1, 2007 to the day, I’ve attended, count them: 8 weddings. That’s almost a wedding a month son! Is it something in the air, or is it just that all of my friends are at that “marrying age”? Ah, it’s probably a combination of both. Probably doesn’t hurt that there’s absolutely no “prettier” place to get married than right here in Hawaii.

With the big summer wedding season, as well as the day to my own, quickly approaching, I thought it might be nice to take a break from the food and festivities for a bit and take a look back at the weddings of the past year. Reminisce with me for a moment won’tcha?

Sunday, July 01, 2007 – Kirk and Wendy Izawa

This ceremony for my friends and co-workers took place on the rooftop of the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Unfortunately, there was a certain fainting spell that took place (we won’t mention any names) and we were unable to attend the reception, but here are a couple shots from the gorgeous ceremony.

Kirk and his boys
Kirk and his boys

Wendy and her dad
Wendy and her dad

Hawaii Prince Hotel
100 Holomoana Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 (map)
(808) 956-1111

Sunday, July 08, 2007 – Grant and Hillary Lau

The ceremony for my long time friend took place on the beautiful shores of Kahala Beach…

Here they come!
Here they come!

Photo opp with the fam
Photo opp with the fam

The kiss! (Photo courtesy of Ben Leong)
The kiss! (Photo courtesy of Ben Leong)

The happy couple (Photo courtesy of Ben Leong)
The happy couple (Photo courtesy of Ben Leong)

with the reception following at Oahu Country Club.

Hillary and Grant right after signing the papers (Photo courtesy of Hillary Lau)
Hillary and Grant right after signing the papers (Photo courtesy of Hillary Lau)

Beautiful wedding cake overlooking the golf course
Beautiful wedding cake overlooking the golf course

Hillary and Grant cracking up while cutting the cake
Hillary and Grant cracking up while cutting the cake

Oahu Country Club
150 Country Club Road
Honolulu, HI 96817 (map)
(808) 595-6331
reception@oahucountryclub.com

Sunday, October 21, 2007 – Reynold and Susan Hong

Co-worker and friend Reynold and his wife Susan were married at Kuilima Point on the grounds of the Turtle Bay Resort.

Susan and Reynold saying their vows (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)
Susan and Reynold saying their vows (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)

Jamie rocking out with the saxophonist (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)
Jamie rocking out with the saxophonist (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)

Reynold and Susan being entertained by the Barry Manilow impersonator (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)
Reynold and Susan being entertained by the Barry Manilow impersonator (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)

The scene from afar (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)
The scene from afar (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)

Evan, myself, Jamie and Annette enjoying each other's company (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)
Evan, myself, Jamie and Annette enjoying each other’s company (Photo courtesy of Donna Isara)

Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, Hawaii 96731 (map)
(800) 293-6000

Saturday, November 3, 2007 – Chad and Jaymie Yonemoto

This wedding was for the fiancee’s co-worker and her husband and was located at the Hale Koa Hotel. The ceremony was held in the Maile Garden…

Saying their vows
Saying their vows

We're married!
We’re married!

with the reception following in the Banyan Tree Showroom.

Jaymie and Chad cutting the cake (Photo courtesy of Jaymie Yonemoto)
Jaymie and Chad cutting the cake (Photo courtesy of Jaymie Yonemoto)

Tsuru (crane) display in the Banyan Tree Showroom
Tsuru (crane) display in the Banyan Tree Showroom

Hale Koa Hotel
2055 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815 (map)
(808) 955-0555

Saturday, February 2, 2008 – Ericson and Liza Cristobal

I used to work at KHET Hawaii Public Television with Big E. I’m still amazed that after over 11 years, most of us staffers still hang out and see each other periodically. What a team! 🙂 Ericson and Liza got married at the Church of Christ-Iglesia Ni Cristo with the reception at the Filipino Community Center thereafter.

Filipino Community Center
Filipino Community Center

Ericson and Liza, the happy couple
Ericson and Liza, the happy couple

Mural in the Casamina-Flores Ballroom
Mural in the Casamina-Flores Ballroom

The money dance!
The money dance!

Church of Christ-Iglesia Ni Cristo
94-601-A Kinney Place
Waipahu, HI., 96797 (map)Filipino Community Center
94-428 Mokuola Street
Waipahu Hawaii 96797 (map)
(808) 680-0451

Sunday, March 23, 2008 – Pat and Michelle Funai

Fellow music lover and college buddy Pat and his wife Michelle got married at the Hale Koa Hotel. Their ceremony was also in the Maile Garden while their reception was in the Waikiki ballroom.

Pat and Michelle saying their vows
Pat and Michelle saying their vows

Walking down the aisle
Walking down the aisle

The bridal party (Photo courtesy of Michelle Funai)
The bridal party (Photo courtesy of Michelle Funai)

The scene from Table 15
The scene from Table 15

The wedding cake
The wedding cake

Hale Koa Hotel
2055 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815 (map)
(808) 955-0555

Saturday, April 12, 2008 – Blane and Sheri Ogawa

Co-worker and bball buddy Blane and his wife Sheri did the deed at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. The ceremony overlooked the ocean on the Na Lea Pool Terrace…

Blane waving at some friends
Blane waving at some friends

The beautiful Sheri walking down the aisle with her dad
The beautiful Sheri walking down the aisle with her dad

Sheri and Blane exchanging their vows
Sheri and Blane exchanging their vows

and the reception followed in the Regency Ballroom.

The cake and head table
The cake and head table

Beautiful centerpiece
Beautiful centerpiece

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
2424 Kalakaua Avenue,
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 96815-3289 (map)
(808) 923-1234

Saturday, June 21, 2008 – Dicson and Roda Aggabao

The most recent wedding was just last month and was for my long time college buddy Dicson and his wife Roda. I had the honor of being on his party for this wedding that was held at the Koolau Golf Club. Here are the scenes from throughout the day.

Tommy frantic while Romeo is happy and relaxed
Tommy frantic while Romeo is happy and relaxed

Dicson putting the finishing touches on the 'do with his stalker/paparazzi capturing the moment.
Dicson putting the finishing touches on the ‘do with his stalker/paparazzi capturing the moment.

Dics' mom helps perfect his shoe lace knots
Dics’ mom helps perfect his shoe lace knots

Glenn, Ala, Tommy and Romeo mad pimpin' in the limo ride to Koolau.
Glenn, Ala, Tommy and Romeo mad pimpin’ in the limo ride to Koolau.

The sign-in table
The sign-in table

Glenn, Dics and Ala just moments before showtime. They look nervous!
Glenn, Dics and Ala just moments before showtime. They look nervous!

Dics giving last minute instructions to the videographer while the bridesmaids look on.
Dics giving last minute instructions to the videographer while the bridesmaids look on.

Here we go! Dics' mom leads him in.
Here we go! Dics’ mom leads him in.

Roda's parents leading Roda in. Yeah, I know... Sorry, this is the best shot I could get thanks to everyone standing up.
Roda’s parents leading Roda in. Yeah, I know… Sorry, this is the best shot I could get thanks to everyone standing up.

Signing the papers to make it official
Signing the papers to make it official

Its legit! We're married!
Its legit! We’re married!

Future Kramers models or a bunch of posers? You be the judge.
Future Kramers models or a bunch of posers? You be the judge.

Partying like it's 1999.
Partying like it’s 1999.

Koolau Golf Club
45-550 Kionaole Road
Honolulu, HI 96744 (map)
(808) 236-4653

Congrats to all of the happy couples above and mahalo for inviting me to share in your special moment. Congrats also to all married and future married couples (shout out to Erin… This month yo!). It’s a lot of work putting together a wedding and I feel for each and every one of you fo sho!

UPDATE! 07/15/08

Saturday, July 12, 2008 – Scott and Erin Tajima

Co-worker and friend Erin took the leap this past weekend at the beautiful Moana Surfrider. Here are the scenes from the day.

The happy couple after tying the knot!
The happy couple after tying the knot!

The favor
The favor

The program
The program

The tsuru display, done by Scotty 2 Hotty himself!
The tsuru display, done by Scotty 2 Hotty himself!

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tajima!
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tajima!

Awww, the first dance...
Awww, the first dance…

Taking the new E.T. for a spin (she's gonna kill me!)
Taking the new E.T. for a spin (she’s gonna kill me!)

Moana Surfrider
2365 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 (map)
Phone: (808) 922-3111

Happy wedding season y’all. See you next month!

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