Hawaii Wedding Song: Setting the Theme for Your Ceremony in Paradise
The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au), popularized by a flower bedecked Elvis Presley in the classic Hawaiian wedding scene from the movie Blue Hawaii, has become almost a traditional wedding standard.
You can still recreate that glorious wedding scene at the original location, the famous Coco Palms Hotel on Kauai. Though it has been closed since 1992 due to being devastated by hurricane Iniki, local musician and celebrity, Larry Rivera (who was an extra in the movie) can provide the flowered canoe and paddlers in the actual lagoon, plus conch blowers and Hawaiian maidens leading a procession to the grass roofed chapel.
However, the Hawaii wedding song is not the only romantic Hawaiian song available to the bride and groom on their special day.
Live Hawaiian Music & Shell Blowing
Traditional Hawaiian weddings, as do all important events, begin and end with the blowing of the conch shell. When planning that special day in Hawaii, think about hiring a local musician who can play the conch and some beautiful traditional Hawaiian love songs on the ukulele or slack key guitar (a beautiful Hawaiian guitar style). Even non-Hawaiian standards like “Over the Rainbow” or “At Last” will become memorable romantic love songs that will be “your songs” forever.
Expect to pay $150 – $200 per hour for the musician and for an extra beautifully romantic touch, a hula dancer for $100 – $150 per hour.
Another option is to ask your coordinator to provide a CD player with some CD’s of great popular and traditional Hawaiian music available for free. Even more fun is to research some of the great Hawaiian recording artists and choose your own tunes. The artist Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, affectionately known as Iz, has a classic rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” that is an instant memorable hit with couples the first time they hear it.
More great songs to consider are:
- White Sandy Beach
- Pearly Shells
- Sweet Leilani
- Beyond the Reef
- Bali Hai
- Lei Aloha Lei Makamae
- Lovely Hula Hands
- I’ll Weave A Lei Of Stars For You
- Sophisticated Hula
- Maile Swing
- Pretty Red Hibiscus
Hawaiian Music Artists
Some artists to consider are: Kainani Kahaunaele, Olomana, Keola Beamer, Gabby Pahinui, Emma Veary, Sons of Hawaii, Hui Ohana, Don Ho, Dennis Kamakahi, Dennis Pavao, Larry Rivera, and Alfred Apaka. Welcome to the wonderful world of popular Hawaiian music. After listening to some of these great musicians and songwriters, you may become a big fan for life.
Don’t forget to include that special beautiful romantic Hawaii Wedding Song you choose in the video if you have one made of your memorable day in the islands of paradise. Whenever you hear it you will be transported back in time to your magical Hawaii wedding.