Frequently Asked Questions
What song is recommended to begin a typical wedding ceremony in Hawaii?
For the prelude while family members and guests situate themselves in the ceremony area, I play and sing "Ke Kali Nei Au" which is The Hawaiian Wedding Song performed in the Hawaiian language. For the processional, I make a smooth transition to performing "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" in the English language as the wedding party and bride walk down the aisle. This song is the most fitting song to begin all wedding ceremonies here in Hawaii because of the ambiance it provides to the natural surroundings and its appropriateness.
Do you perform any songs during the ceremony?
Yes. During the ring exchange, I perform an instrumental version of Pachebels' Canon in C. I do not recommend any singing during the ceremony because the focus of attention should be upon the bride, groom and wedding officiant. The verbal communication occurring between these individual's should not be hindered by any musical lyrics so that each person can clearly listen to the words being said by those participating in the ceremony.
What song is recommended to conclude a typical wedding ceremony in Hawaii?
For the recessional immediately at the end of the ceremony, I perform "Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World" made famous by the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. This song is a beautiful rendition that is most fitting at the end of a ceremony due to its lyrical message and popularity. I continue to sing and play some other contemporary Hawaiian songs while guests and family members congratulate the newly weds.
What type of instrument do you play?
My music is created using a 6-string tenor Kamaka Ukulele. It is a beautiful instrument that provides a full acoustic sound in both indoor and outdoor settings. This ukulele was given to me by my father and I believe it was constructed in Honolulu sometime during the early 1980's. As the Koa wood body ages, the sound quality of this instrument continues to improve year after year.
What is conch shell blowing?
Conch shell blowing (Pu) is a traditional Hawaiian custom signifying any event of importance. The Pu is usually blown at the beginning of the ceremony between the prelude and processional music. It is blown four times in the directions of north, south, east and west. I highly recommend conch shell blowing for all outdoor wedding ceremonies as it is customary to announce a marriage with the blowing of the conch shell in Hawaii.
How much advanced notice is required to secure your musical services for a certain time, date and location? Can I book you at the last minute such as within 24 hours or less?
You may secure a booking reservations with me up to one year in advance. If available, I can also provide my musical services for same or next day occasions (24 hours or less). For last minute bookings, feel free to call me directly at the phone number listed on my contact page. If I do not answer, please leave me a detailed voice message and I will promptly return your call.
Do you have any recommendations for an officiant, photographer, videographer, florist &/or location?
I have an extensive network of wedding business professionals that are able to assist you with making your special day unforgettable. Feel free to contact me if you are searching for anything other than music. I would be more than happy to provide you with the contact information of my business partners if needed.