St Regis Beach North Shore

Andrew & Stephanie were married on the north shore on the beach that fronts the St Regis hotel.  They were married on July 4th.  What a great day to celebrate.  They were surrounded by lots of family and friend and  the couple chose a red, white and blue theme.  Check out her bouquet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kauai Beach Wedding Princeville

The view from the St Regis beach is to die for.  I love weddings here.  The view of the mountains and Bali Hai takes you breath away.

Lisa and Christoph said their wedding vows at this beach.  The afternoon couldn’t be more perfect.  They topped the evening off with a romantic  dinner on the beach at the St Regis.  Lovely!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Te Mana o Te Moana

Yesterday, down in Hanalei, I was able to witness the arrival of 7 voyaging canoes into the bay.  It was something to see.  The project,  which you can read more about at http://www.pacificvoyagers.org/, is about the journey of these 7 vessels across the pacific ocean, from  Aotearoa to  Hawaii.  The  aim is to sail in their  ancestors’ wake and learn from their wisdom.  Several thousand years ago, the Polynesian ancestors traveled the Pacific on great voyaging canoes, called vaka moana, using only the stars, the ocean, and the surrounding wildlife to navigate, and lived closely connected to the sea.   The Polynesians believe that the ocean is the origin of life, and it continues to give us air to breathe, fish to eat, and nourishes our soul as well.  As threatened as the ocean is now, however, it soon can no longer provide us with these essential life services.  Another goal of this voyage is to raise awareness of changes in the ocean climate.

Below are some pictures of these amazing voyaging canoes.  It was breath taking to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanalei Bay Wedding

I really felt for this couple when they drove up to Hanalei Bay, and the bride, Sara, came out of the car limping.  She had twisted her ankle earlier that day!   But what a trooper.  She hobbled down the beach determined not to let it get the best of her.  It was a beautiful afternoon and a beautiful ceremony…preformed by Manulele.  I had a great time with this couple. ☺