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. She is easily bribed with coffee and chocolate chip cookies.


  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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