Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o, Sweetheart!

“Aloha No Au Ia ‘Oe,” (Hana, Maui, Hawai’i). August 16, 2003. Digital Image. Privately held by Elizabeth O’Neal, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Santa Barbara, California, 2008.

Five years ago today, I married my sweetie.

It was a beautiful, Hawaiian summer day. There was a light rain in the morning, which was good. The Hawaiian people consider it to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day.

We were married among a small gathering of family on the porch of a lovely, private plantation house in Hana, Maui.

It was quiet and calm and perfect.

Over the past five years, we’ve encountered the typical highs and lows of marriage… as well as a few that were unexpected. But we’re still together, still strong, still in love, and we’ve been blessed with a sweet, wonderful daughter.

E hoomau maua kealoha.


Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o = Happy Anniversary.
Aloha No Au Ia ‘Oe = I truly love you.
E hoomau maua kealoha = May our love last forever.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a genealogy and family history researcher, writer, and consultant. Adores good grammar and spelling, and believes the Oxford Comma is just misunderstood. Thrives on large quantities of coffee. One daughter, two rescued hounds, and a plethora of missing ancestors keep her on her toes.


  1. Happy anniversary! You make a beautiful bride. I love that picture with the waves crashing in the background.

  2. Beautiful, Elizabeth. Happy Anniversary to you both!

  3. Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o!

    You make a beautiful couple.


  4. Happy Anniversary Elizabeth. Hawaii, you lucky dog. I was married at a drive through wedding chapel in Reno!

    Sheri Fenley

  5. Amy, Kathryn, fM, and Sheri,

    Thank you for the kind anniversary wishes! We had a fairly dull day – Hubs thought he would be working, so I took my daughter to a toddler birthday party.

    We’re celebrating tonight when our fav pizza joint opens a store in Santa Maria. Weird, I know, good pizza is worth waiting for!



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